Transfer Student Orientation

Get Ram Ready.

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

Given the ongoing concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 and the guidance from the state on canceling events that are expected to draw large crowds from outside our community, we will be hosting a virtual and online orientation experience for May and June. We will continue to monitor the situation closely to make the best determination for orientation programs scheduled for August and September. 

While we are saddened that we will be unable to welcome new students and their families through our typical orientation experience, we know that this decision will keep our incoming students and their families safe. We are committed to providing a virtual experience that supports the successful transition of our first-year and transfer students. Throughout the virtual and online orientation experience students will create their fall semester course schedules, develop connections with each other, receive an introduction to our campus resources, and learn about life as a member of our academic community. 

FSU views Orientation as the first opportunity to help new transfer students connect with the FSU environment.  We know that you have been to college already.  You know what a college student experiences.  Our focus then, is to help you understand how we do business here at FSU, which may be different than your previous institutions.  We are also going to familiarize you with different resources and terminology, and, most importantly, help you get ready for the first day of classes.  We want you to become part of the FRAMily and it is important that you are able to make this experience your own. Our overall goal is for you to graduate from Framingham State University having enjoyed your time here.   

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

Virtual Advising & Registration Day

On your Advising & Registration Day you will:

  • Meet faculty advisors from your academic department
  • Learn about courses, their major and other requirements necessary to graduate from Framingham State.
  • Develop a course schedule for Fall 2020 and register for classes.
  • Meet current student leaders and other new students.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Friday, June 26, 2020 

Friday, July 17, 2020

August-TBD

While multiple orientation sessions are offered, it is recommended that you attend orientation in May or June as classes are on a first-come, first-served basis. Students who do not attend a Virtual Advising & Registration Day will wait until after the August Advising & Registration Day to register for courses autonomously and remotely with assistance provided by the faculty department chair for their major.

Preparing for your Advising & Registration Day:

  • There is no fee for student orientation.
  • Individuals who require accommodations including a sign language interpreter, assistance with communications, or other needs to participate in a live, virtual event should let us know of those needs in advance on the RSVP form or via email at orientation@framingham.edu.
  • If you do not have access to a reliable internet connection or a laptop/tablet, please indicate this on your RSVP form in the appropriate space so that we are able to assist you.
  • If you would like to change your major, please email Admissions at admissions@framingham.edu. Until we receive notice from the Office of Admissions that your major has changed, we will plan for you according to the major you indicated on your application. 
  • Important information regarding the materials you will use to prepare for your Advising Day will be sent via email one week in advance.
  • Students should become familiar with three specific platforms prior to joining the Virtual Advising Day: my.framingham, Blackboard and email. You will search for courses and register in my.framingham. You will find links to your Academic Department meetings in Blackboard.  If something happens, you will be able to communicate with us through email. Technology issues on the day of Virtual Advising will take you away from sessions, making your day more complicated. Therefore, please set your password and navigate the three platforms prior to your Advising Day. Instructions for accessing these sites can be found on the TechPrep letter that was included in the packet of information sent to you after you submitted your deposit. You can also find this form in the Ram Ready Portal under "Technology". If you need assistance, please contact the ITS Helpdesk prior to attending the session- 508-215-5906 or helpdesk@framingham.edu. We understand that issues sometime arise unexpectedly. However, checking these platforms prior to the day will minimize the potential issues.
  • We are committed to assisting all students through this process. If you foresee that you will not have access to the appropriate technology and/or to the internet, including only having access to a phone to attend Virtual Advising and Registration, please contact us at orientation@framingham.edu prior to May 27 so that we can assist you. If technology or access issues don't permit you to attend on May 27, please know that you are welcome to attend on of our other Transfer Virtual Advising Days on June 26, July 17 and August 13.  
  • We ask that each student complete this online orientation prior to attending your Virtual Advising Day. Not only will it provide useful information about resources and taking care of business, but you will also find information, including how-to videos and other content that will help you prepare for the day. The entire Portal should take you about 1 hour to complete, but it doesn't have to be done all at once. You will be able to stop and resume in that spot at a later time. Completing the RRP will help prepare you for the day. You'll find the Ram Ready Portal on myFramingham on the student homepage.
  • Download our mobile app, FSUgo, to access a virtual campus map, the Ram Ready Portal, and other useful information about FSU, including updates related to COVID-19.

Due to restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the following policy for placement testing at Framingham State University will be implemented until further notice:

WRITING:  Incoming students who do not meet the criteria for Expository Writing will be contacted by the Placement Testing Coordinator with information on how to register and complete the online Writing Assessment.   Current FSU students who have not taken writing have been contacted by the head of the writing program and should check their e-mail and Starfish notifications.

WORLD LANGUAGES:  Language testing will not be available until further notice.  Language majors should send an e-mail to placement@framingham.edu for further advisement. Once testing can resume, details including registration and dates will be posted.

MATH: Math testing will not be available until further notice. Incoming students will be placed in math courses based on their high school GPA.  Once testing can resume, the Placement Testing Coordinator will be in contact with all incoming students regarding their math placement status, advise if testing is necessary, and share information on how to take the test.  Priority test dates will be offered to STEM majors who should take the math placement test in order to be placed in the most appropriate math and science courses for their major. 

Any questions may be directed to placement@framingham.edu.  Thank you.

Schedule:

Check-in begins at 8:45 am  You will access all Zoom links my logging into Blackboard with your FSU username and password and clicking on the "Virtual Advising Day Zoom Links" tab that can be found directly underneath the blue banner at the top. You will need to select the Zoom Link for the date of your Advising Day. 

It is important that you sign into every Zoom meeting on this day with the name that you used to apply to theUniversity.Not only is this how we will admit participants into our Zoom spaces and track attendance, but it will allow us to verify with whom we are sharing important information. We will be unable to share any personal information, such as registration PINs and degree audit screens if we cannot verify identities. Only deposited students will be admitted into our Zoom spaces so that we can ensure security.

 
9:00 am- Welcome!
  • You will meet the staff of New Student and Family Programs who will discuss what to expect as transfer students and for Virtual Advising and Registration Day.
9:20 am- Academic Advocates
  • A discussion of requirements that all students need to know to graduate: graduation requirements, major requirements and explanations of some of our technology.
10:30 am- Academic Department Sessions
  • You will join the academic department Zoom link in which your major resides by returning to the Blackboard site, selecting the "Virtual Advising Day Zoom Links" tab and selecting the Zoom link for your major. You will be introduced to faculty, major requirements, and begin to search for courses during this session. While you are with your faculty, you will learn what courses transferred to FSU and you will register for courses. Students may leave once they have met with their advisor and have registered for their courses.
1:00 pm- Virtual Advising Day concludes
  • Anyone needing more time will be able to work with faculty to resolve issues and register for courses.  
4:00 p.m.- Optional Social Connection
  • Our Orientation Leaders will be available to connect with you socially, answer questions you may have, and help you meet other incoming transfer students! To attend, you will go back to the Blackboard page and click on the link of the social session for your Advising Day. We hope you will consider joining us!

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.

If you fall into any of these categories, please make it a priority to attend your Military Connected Orientation to discuss the VA Education Benefits and State education benefits for Veterans you may be using to fund your academics. 

  • 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

Leanna Lynch - Coordinator of Veterans & Military Student Programs

16 ½ year Army Veteran and Class of 2018 FSU Alumnus 

Transfer Virtual Advising & Registration Day   

Military Connected Orientation

*You should attend your Military Connected Orientation following your Virtual Advising & Registration Day, but you may attend any of the Military Connected Orientations as your schedule allows. You must register in advance to receive the link to the Zoom meeting via email. Please register using your FSU email address.

May 27, 2020 

May 28, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEuf-uuqD4oHNcN7uu233eT3l8yoe_cB9Wf 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

June 26, 2020

June 29, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIsdumqrDkpH90mh4MwHLtQLJmYl32OwXCZ 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

July 17, 2020 

July 20, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJctcOGhpzsuGNDYtKGMa6_ae2Nv2SYvrTe8 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

August, 2020 

August 17, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJApdO2vqDwtEtUhHtGqXWpDzeCUxO8Xe6JA 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

 

Families and Guests should follow our Family & Guest Orientation page this summer to view recorded presentations and to register for live Zoom events. Please scroll to the section of the page with information for 2020 Orientation Information for Families & Guests.

Ram Ready Portal

The Ram Ready Portal will be an essential part of your transition to FSU. To access the Ram Ready Portal, log into myFramingham with your FSU username and password. On the student homepage you will see a channel for the Ram Ready Portal that you can select. You will log in with your FSU username and password. Through the Ram Ready Portal you will:

  • Walk through your “To-Do List” with forms, due dates, and requirements that need to be completed prior to the start of school.
  • Learn how to create your personal college experience through academic, social, and community involvement services and opportunities.
  • Further your understanding of how you will contribute to creating a safe and inclusive campus community.

Black & Gold Beginnings

We will continue to monitor the situation closely to make the best determination for orientation programs scheduled for August and September. You will receive information about Black & Gold Beginnings via mail and email. Save-the-dates for Saturday, August 29-Tuesday, September 1!  By attending social, academic, and informational events you will:

  • Build awareness of campus resources that will help you succeed at FSU
  • Recognize what it means to be a Ram in the FSU community.
  • Establish connections with fellow students and members of the FSU faculty and staff.