Transfer Student Orientation

Get Ram Ready.

The Office of Orientation and New Student and Family Programs would like to congratulate new transfer students on their decision to attend Framingham State University!

Please follow us on social media, @FSUnewrams on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for additional updates and to stay engaged with our community.

Please click here if you are looking for First-Year Student Orientation information.

Ram Ready Portal

On the Ram Ready Portal you will learn about the course selection process and review vital information about FSU so that you are prepared for advising and registration. The Ram Ready Portal should be completed prior to your day of orientation. You’ll be able to access the Ram Ready Portal starting May 2 by logging into myFramingham and finding the link under “Online Orientation” on the student homepage. This will take approximately one hour to complete. We will check to ensure you have completed the modules prior to your orientation day.  The Ram Ready Portal will go live on May 2, 2022.

In-Person Orientation & Course Selection

We know that as transfer students, you want to start off on the right foot.  You want to find out where  your courses from your previous institutions are applied and create a schedule that keeps you moving along in a timely fashion.  And we want to help you begin to learn the new terminology, policies and practices that you may not be familiar with as a new member of our community.  To accomplish that, transfer students have two options from which they can choose to get started and create their fall 2022 semester schedule.

Option 1- Attend an In-Person Orientation Session
We will begin the day by helping you take care of any business that you need to address and then move right into the process of you learning about the community that you are joining.  At the conclusion of the session, you will have connected to other transfer students, begun to be familiar with campus and have created your schedule.  Throughout all of this you will be assisted by the Black and Gold Orientation Leaders, faculty who you will be working with as a student and other members of the community who will be valuable resources for you throughout your time as a student at Framingham State.  It will be a busy, but quick day.  Attending Transfer Student Orientation will be the most efficient way for you take care of all of the "business" that you need to address, such as getting your FSU student ID, getting questions answered about your bill and financial aid, making sure all of your tech platforms are working, while also finding your way around campus.  This will be a productive way to learn about the differences between your previous institutions and Framingham State while making your transition a much easier one.

Option 2- Make an individual appointment with your academic department chair to create your fall 2022 schedule.
Beginning May 2, transfer students will have the opportunity to make a one-on-one appointment with the chair of their academic appointment to create your fall 2022 schedule. Transfer students who register for fall 2022 courses prior to Transfer Orientation are still encouraged to attend the day to take care of any business that needs to be addressed, such as getting your student ID, meeting with Financial Aid or Student Accounts to address financial questions/issues, and receive help uploading the necessary health forms.  It will also be an opportunity to meet other students and find your way around campus.  We highly recommend you plan to attend even if your schedule is created prior to In-Person Transfer Student Orientation.  The contact information of academic department chairs can be found here.

Black and Gold Beginnings
In the days just prior to the start of classes on September 2, students will take part in the final part of orientation.  These days will include events that will help students connect to each other, find their way around campus, get used to their new surroundings and in general, figure things out before classes begin.  It is a great opportunity for residents and commuters to connect and settle in to campus.  More information about events, sign-ups and activities will be shared throughout the summer.

Community at FSU Program

Framingham State University is committed to anti-racism and to creating a safe living and learning community. During your day of orientation, you will take part in sessions that focus on the following:

  • Sex, Consent, and COVID
  • Building an Inclusive and Anti-Racist Community

We have these discussions as a way of helping new members of our community understand what we value and the respect that we expect people to show others.  Keep in mind that this is only the start!  More opportunities to engage in discussions about these topics will take place during your time as a student at FSU.

  • Individuals who require accommodations to participate in the in-person day of orientation should let us know of those needs in advance on the RSVP form or via email at orientation@framingham.edu.
  • All new students must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and have proof vaccination uploaded to the Medicat website.  Assistance will be provided at Orientation to those who are unable to upload this information prior to the day.  However, students will not be allowed to participate in in-person orientation without uploading or proof of being fully vaccinated.
  • Complete the Ram Ready Portal- found on my.framingham.edu.  Completing this will give you a baseline of information that will be helpful as you begin your career at FSU, guide you through many of the forms and processes that need to be completed prior to the start of the semester and begin to help you understand the values of the community and your expected role in it.

In keeping with FSU's COVID vaccination requirements, all students who will have any sort of presence on campus must provide proof of COVID vaccination.  That includes participating in the Transfer Student Orientation experience.  All information must be uploaded to the Medicat portal prior to coming to campus for any of the In-Person Transfer Student Orientation Sessions.  If you encounter technical difficulties members of the Health Center will be present to assist in uploading your documents.  Students will not be allowed to participate in Orientation without proof of COVID vaccination status prior to the day or uploaded the day of with the assistance of the Health Center.  Those seeking exemptions must have a decision rendered on that exemption prior to arriving on campus for Orientation.

  • Please ensure that you complete all the items on the New Ram Checklist.
  • All full-time students must upload their immunization records, including COVID vaccination information. Please visit our Health Center’s webpage, which includes information for incoming students.
  • If you are moving onto campus, please be sure to check your FSU email regarding move-in sign-ups and procedures. 

For information about Placement Testing, please view the Placement Testing website, which will be updated regularly in regards to test formats during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you will need to take any Placement Tests, you'll be contacted via email. Any questions may be directed to placement@framingham.edu.  

There are many ways to engage virtually with our community!

  • Request to join the Framingham State University – Class of 2026 Facebook page to connect with other new students and stay updated on campus happenings. Information will be shared to help you prepare, update you on important news and remind you about upcoming deadlines.  Live streaming sessions will also take place throughout the summer.
  • Log into Ramlink with your FSU username and password and find out what's happening on campus! You can check out our clubs and organizations as well as events!
  • Get connected to FSU on social media! Here are a few great accounts to follow!
    • @framinghamstateu
    • @FSUnewrams
    • @fsusild
    • @reslifefsu (for resident students)

A Military Connected Student is anyone who has a family member, partner, or significant other who have served on Active Duty, Reserves or National Guard for any branch of the service.

A Military Connected Student for purpose of Education Benefits is anyone who is:

  • Currently serving on Active Duty or actively drilling for the Reserves or National Guard
  • Has served on Active Duty, Reserves or National Guard
  • Has a parent who falls into one of the above categories.
  • Has a spouse who falls into one of the above categories.
  • In order for your to have your tuition and fees > You must see us.
  • In order for you to be paid any stipend you are entitled > You must see us.
  • We will walk you through the process to ensure you and the University get paid!

Even if you are not receiving VA Education Benefits or State Education Benefits for Veterans, all are welcome to stop by our Veterans Services Center. This is a space where you can study, collaborate, eat, or just relax. 

We are located in Dwight Hall rooms 111A and 113. 

(508) 626-4632                 

Veterans@Framingham.edu

Families and Guests should follow our Family & Guest Orientation page to find information about our Family/Guest Orientation and how they can support their student in their college transition.