Transfer Orientation


Below you will find important information regarding orientation. You can also like our page on Facebook (Framingham State First-Year Programs), follow us on Twitter (@FSUFirstYear) and Instagram (@fsuframilymatters) to stay up to date with our events and media!

IMPORTANT: YOU MUST BRING A FULLY CHARGED LAPTOP OR TABLET TO ORIENTATION. Course advising and registration will take place at orientation, and you will use your own laptops or tablets for this important piece of the program. Students must participate in the entire program in order to register for the upcoming semester courses. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Orientation and Registration for Transfer Students

What happens at orientation?

  • Meet faculty advisors from your academic department
  • Learn about courses, your major and other requirements necessary to graduate from Framingham State.
  • Register for classes.
  • Have your student ID picture taken.
  • Be introduced to the campus environment.
  • Meet current student leaders and other new students.
  • Learn about campus life and available support resources for students.
  • Become familiar with the Framingham State University campus.
  • Experience some of the differences between this campus and your previous one.

When is Orientation?

Orientation is on Thursday, January 11th, 2018. If the University is closed on January 11th due to inclement weather, orientation will take place on January 12th. In this instance, we will communicate with you via email. The day will begin at 9:00 a.m. and wrap up around 5:00 p.m. Once you deposit at Framingham State University, you will receive a pamphlet in the mail inviting you to orientation. Please register for orientation by January 5th. 

Where do I park?

You may park in the Salem End lot only. Please click here to see the map for directions and look for the parking signs when you arrive on campus.

Where do I check in?

Check-in takes place in the lobby of the McCarthy Center on State Street. Members of the Black & Gold Orientation team will be available to offer directions and assistance as you arrive on campus. 

Can I bring my parents, other family members, or guests?

Parents, family members, and guests are welcome on campus during Transfer Orientation. However, we do not have a formal Parent/Guest Program for Transfer Students.  All campus offices will be open for business from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friends and/or family members will not be allowed to accompany incoming students throughout the program. Although guests are welcome to visit the campus during Orientation, only new students are allowed to participate in the Orientation Program.

Are you an incoming Veteran?

If you are an incoming Veteran student, there are a few documents you will want to bring with you to transfer orientation. Make sure you bring your DD214 form and your Certificate of Eligibility (for the GI Bill) to orientation. If you have specific questions about documentation, please contact Jacquelyn Wolf, Coordinator of Veterans Services at

What happens if I change my major?

All transfer students will attend the same Orientation program. Students will take part in the same sessions. However, there are breakout sessions during the day that are major specific. It is important to be in the session that is appropriate for your intended major. Please make sure you have requested your change of major prior to orientation.  If you have questions about how to change your major before you come to orientation, please contact Admissions at 508-626-4500.

What should I bring to Orientation?

You will need to bring a fully charged laptop or tablet to register for classes. We will provide everything else you need, but we are collecting canned goods and non-perishables for A Place to Turn (, which is an emergency food pantry in Natick. Help us serve our MetroWest community by bringing food for our food drive!  We will be collecting cans of soup, tuna, baking mixes, rice, pasta and more. All students who bring donations will be entered into a raffle to win awesome prizes. There will be winners each day of orientation, so don't miss out!  Thanks for helping FSU give back! 

Who are the Black & Gold Orientation Leaders?

The Black & Gold Orientation Team is comprised of current students who are outstanding leaders in academics and who are involved in campus life at Framingham State University. They are trained to help you make a smooth transition to the University.

Will meals be provided?

Muffins, pastries, snacks, and coffee are available at check-in. Lunch will be provided. Dietary restrictions and allergies are accommodated in our Dining Hall.

If I have a disability, how do I request accommodations during the Orientation/Registration Program?

Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations including accompaniment by a Personal Care Assistant, sign language interpreter, or assistance with communications, must notify our office of those needs in advance at (508) 626-4637. You may also request accommodations in the "Special Accommodations" section of the orientation registration form.

What about placement testing?

Entering students must have completed placement testing prior to Orientation. You will receive detailed information regarding placement testing in a letter that will be sent in the mail. If you have not completed placement testing, and do not have a scheduled time to do so, please contact the Placement Testing Coordinator at (508) 626-4905 or sign up online.

Is there a fee for Orientation?

There is no separate charge for student orientation.

How do I register for Orientation?

Click here to register for Orientation!

For more information:
Orientation Office
Framingham State University
100 State Street
P.O. Box 9101
Framingham, MA 01701

Telephone: (508) 626-4637