New Student and Family Programs

Welcome to New Student and Family Programs!

Welcome to the office of New Student and Family Programs! Whether you are a first-year student or a transfer student, our department exists to help your transition to Framingham State University. To begin your transition please view the NEW RAM page.  And when you are done with the New Ram Page, please be sure to check out our Incoming Student Resource Manual

Check out our social media pages to stay informed all year! You'll find our social media links below. Parents and family with questions regarding their first-year students should visit our FRAMily to Family Facebook page. This page is designed to make keeping up with your student and campus happenings much easier while answering important questions. If you'd like to follow our various departments on campus, check out FSU's Social Media Directory!

We are here to answer your questions about Orientation, Placement Testing, your FSU Foundations course, and so much more that relates to your first-year of college. Please note that we are currently not conducting Placement Testing.  We will keep you posted once we determine how to best move forward with Placement Testing for the Spring 2021 session.

Please feel free to call, email or stop by with any questions you may have. We hope you enjoy your first year here at Framingham State University! 

Getting Ready for the Start of the Fall 2020 Semester

Classes begin on Wednesday, September 2.  But so much has to happen before you begin.  And so much information has been shared with students that it can be overwhelming.  Use the information and links below to help you make some sense of the beginning of the new year and manage everything you need to know about starting the year.

Check your FSU email
Students must get in the habit of checking their FSU email account on a regular basis.  If you have not accessed your FSU email account yet, please do so as soon as possible.  This is how we will communicate with you about events and updates.  Professors will also communicate with you through your FSU email account.  To access your FSU email account, go to and select FSU Email in the drop down on the top left of the page.  It is imperative that you check your FSU email regularly.  If you have not logged into your email account, please check out the TechPrep letter to learn how to do that.

Responsibilities and Expectations for Students
Please review what is expected of students as we all work to create a safe environment on campus.  Remember, it is a shared responsibility.  Click here to review the Responsibilities and Expectations for Students.

Moving into the Residence Halls
Begins on Thursday, August 27- by reservation.  Unlike previous years, move-in will take place over several days.  Only one person will be able to enter the building with the student.  For more information on the Move-In Procedures, click here.

COVID-19 Testing
All students moving into the residence halls must have a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of moving into the residence halls.  All commuters who will be coming to campus must have a test prior to September 1.  Testing will be offered free of charge everyday until September 1.  Testing will continue, free of charge, on every Tuesday throughout the semester.  To sign up for a testing appointment, log into the Medicat site and click on Appointments.  Use your FSU username and password.  Watch these two videos to learn how easy the testing process is:
Walk Through
Taking the Test

Sign the FSU Student Community Health Commitment
All students coming to campus are required to sign the FSU Student Community Health Commitment  to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on our campus. This agreement emphasizes each student’s role in actively protecting the health and safety of every member of our campus and local communities.

Upload Your Photo for your University ID
Whether you are living on campus or not, you will need a University ID.  This will be done virtually.  Please follow these instructions to learn how to do that.

What to expect in the University Dining Facilities
Dining on campus will look very different due to social distancing restrictions.  Please view this video to learn about the procedures that all will need to follow.

Learning about the Remote Classroom Environment
The majority of classes will be held remotely this semester, which means that they will held at the same time as if they were face-to-face, on-campus.  To learn about the Remote Environment, make sure you check out the recording of the Remote Learning Orientation to prepare for your first class.  You can find it on Blackboard ( -> My Courses- Blackboard 101 for Students -> on the left side of the screen, click on Black and Gold Beginnings Orientation Recording.

How to Find Books
Once you have registered for your courses, you will be able to find your books on the Campus Store website. Then select Textbooks at the top of the site and then enter in your 9-digit Student ID that begins with a "3."  Please keep in mind that if you purchase books that come in "packages" or shrink  wrapped, don't open the package until you are sure you will be keeping the books, which will most likely be determined on the first day of classes.

Required Events
As part of your orientation experience, you must attend sessions on being part of an Anti-Racist community and Consent.  To learn when they will be offered and RSVP, please log into Ramlink at

Black and Gold Beginnings Events
Black and Gold Beginnings is FSU's welcome week that begins prior to the start of classes.  It is a great way to connect with fellow students, Black and Gold Orientation leaders and be part of fun events that will help you feel a part of the Framily.  And since so many of you are living from home, making it harder to connect with people and feel a part of the FSU community, this is a great way to be part of virtual activities that will connect you with other people, some of whom will be in your classes with you.  Take a few minutes, check out the schedule and join sessions.  You can find the schedule of events on Ramlink.

New Student and Family Programs message about COVID-19

We hope that you, your family, and friends are safe and healthy.

COVID-19 has caused several shifts and changes globally, and on campus; New Student and Family Programs is no exception.

While our office remains operational Monday – Friday from 9:00am– 5:00pm, the methods of interaction have changed. Our staff members are working remotely, as we all adhere to social distancing recommendations.

If you call and get voicemail, please leave a detailed message and someone will return your call. You are also welcome to send emails to  Please be aware that we are not available for face to face interaction and this information may change as we work to serve your needs.

Ben Trapanick
Director of New Student and Family Programs
O'Connor Hall 106
Arielle Joy (AJ) Brent
Assistant Director/Orientation Coordinator
O'Connor Hall 102