First-Year Student Orientation

Get Ram Ready. Come. Click. Connect.

Get Ram Ready.

Welcome, first-year students, to the Framingham State University fRAMily! We are so glad that you have chosen to attend FSU and we are excited to help you succeed and reach your goals. To get you Ram Ready and to help you feel like you belong here at FSU, we offer a three-part orientation experience that includes a one-day, In-Person Orientation, the Ram Ready Portal, and Black and Gold Beginnings. Please explore the information below to be prepared for all three parts of orientation. You'll also receive information via mail and email.

1. Come: In-Person Orientation- First, you will attend a mandatory one-day,
in-person orientation where you will be introduced to staff and resources, select courses, and meet other new students.


2. Click: Ram Ready Portal- The Ram Ready Portal offers a series of
modules that provide essential information you will need to know before you start in the fall and will help you understand what it means to be a part of the FSU community.


3. Connect: Black and Gold Beginnings- B&GB, as it is known here on campus, is a multi-day program designed to build on the orientation experience to help you familiarize yourself with campus resources and make even more connections within the FSU Community.

Come: In-Person Orientation Information

Below you will find important information regarding orientation for students. You will also receive an informational brochure in the mail after you make your deposit. 

Please click here if you are looking for information about Transfer Student Orientation.

In-Person First-Year Orientation

As a new member of the FRAMily, you will meet other incoming students, FSU
student leaders, and academic faculty from your major during your day on campus.

  • You’ll also meet on-campus support offices from the academic and administrative areas that are here to help you succeed—the Center for Academic Success and Achievement, Career Services, the Counseling Centerand many others.
  • You’ll receive an introduction to how FSU works to create a safe and inclusive space for all students through information on Community Standards and the Center for Inclusive Excellence.
  • Working with FSU faculty and staff, you will create a course schedule that is your first step to earning your degree.

Orientation is MANDATORY for all Day Division students entering Framingham State University.

There is no separate fee for Orientation.

Please note that we encourage you to attend orientation in June in order to register for classes as soon as possible and subsequently have an accurate bill when it becomes available in July.

Date

Majors

Monday, June 15 

Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Food & Nutrition, Food Science,
Health & Wellness, Mathematics, Physics and Earth Science, Pre-Engineering

Tuesday, June 16

American Sign Language, Art History,
Child & Family Studies, Communication Arts, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, English, Fashion Design & Retailing, History, Liberal Studies, Music, Spanish, Studio Art, World Languages

Thursday, June 18 

Accounting, Business & Information Technology, Economics, Finance, Hospitality & Tourism Management, International Business, Management, Marketing

Friday, June 19

Criminology, Environmental Science and Policy, Environmental Studies and Sustainability, Geography, Global Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology

Monday, June 22 

Undeclared

Tuesday, June 23

First-Year Orientation Make-Up Day 1

(All Majors)

Wednesday, August 12

First-Year Orientation Make-Up Day 2

(All Majors)

Prior to your Arrival On Campus:

  • There is no fee for student orientation.
  • Individuals who require accommodations including accompaniment by a Personal Care Assistant, sign language interpreter, assistance with communications, or assistance for reduced or restricted mobility must notify our office of those needs in advance on the RSVP form or via email at orientation@framingham.edu.
  • Please bring a fully charged laptop/tablet. Don’t worry if you don’t have one yet! We have will have computers available.
  • Our summer orientation program is organized by Academic College so that you can meet your faculty and other students in your major. It is important that when you RSVP, you select the date that corresponds to your major. If you would like to change your major, please email Admissions at admissions@framingham.edu and RSVP for the orientation date for your new major. We offer two summer make-up orientation dates for all majors for those who are unable to attend the orientation for their major.  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. If you are unable to RSVP in advance, we still encourage you to attend orientation. An accurate RSVP helps us to plan for your arrival, but we will be prepared for all students who have deposited with the institution. 

  • Our January orientation program for students enrolling for the spring semester is for all majors. You may change your major with 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.
  • Entering students should have completed placement testing prior to Orientation, if possible. If you are required to take any Placement Tests you will be contacted by the Advising Center. 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) 626-4907 or sign up online.  You will still be able to attend orientation and register for courses if you have not yet completed the tests, but you may need to update your schedule once you take the tests.  Therefore, we encourage all students to test prior to their orientation session.
  • We offer a Family/Guest Orientation program in June for anyone who will be supporting you through your college experience. While your orientation is free, there is a $45 charge per participant for Family/Guest Orientation. More information about Family/Guest Orientation will be sent via mail or can be found under the Family/Guest Orientation tab below, right above the RSVP buttons. Please note that Family/Guest Orientation is only offered in June.
  • FSU is located just a quick two-mile Uber ride from the Framingham Commuter Rail Station on the MBTA’s Framingham/Worcester Line. You can find a complete schedule for the train at www.mbta.com. The MetroWest Regional Transit Authority also offers service from the train with their Route #7 and throughout the region with routes extending to Marlborough and Northborough, Milford, MassBay Community College, and the Woodland MBTA Station (Green Line - D) in Newton, as well as all along Rt. 9. Further details can be found at www.mwrta.com.
  • Download our mobile app, FSUgo, to access a virtual campus map and other useful information about FSU. On the day of orientation, you will be able to access the day’s schedule using this app!

Black & Gold Orientation Food Drive!

FSU supports students who are facing temporary or chronic homelessness and/or difficulty affording food. Support your fellow RAMS by bringing canned food and other non-perishables to orientation! All items will be donated to FSU's Rams Resource Center (RRC) which provides non-perishable food items, toiletries, and resource referral for FSU students, faculty, and staff. All students who bring donations will be entered into a raffle to win awesome prizes!

Once you Arrive On Campus: 

  • You will be able to park in the Maynard Lot or Salem End Lot. (Please click here for an interactive map of campus). Accessible parking is located behind the McCarthy Center. Keep an eye out for the Black and Gold Orientation Leaders outside directing traffic.

  • Check-in starts at 8:00 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.

  • The summer orientation day will end around 5:45 p.m. followed by dinner. Our January orientation will end at 5:00 and dinner is unfortunately not offered. You must participate in the entire program. You must notify the Office of New Student and Family Programs if you have a reason to arrive late or depart early at orientation@framingham.edu.

  • Light refreshments will be available until 9 a.m., and lunch and dinner will be served in our dining facilities, which offer many options to accommodate for dietary restrictions and preferences. Please inform us if you have any food allergies when you submit your RSVP. We recommend students bring a water bottle with them to orientation.

Why should you attend Family and Guest Orientation?

  • Learn how to assist with your student’s transition to college.
  • Learn how to support your student while they build their personal independence.
  • Ask questions about the university.
  • Familiarize yourself with Framingham State.
  • Learn about the policies and procedures that are in place.
  • Meet many of the people who will be working with the students.
  • Learn how you can help your student feel that they belong at FSU.
  • Get helpful first day move-in tips.
  • Be welcomed into the Framily!

What happens at Family/Guest Orientation?

In addition to being introduced to the all-important aspects of life at FSU, there will also be introductions to various people and offices, including:

Center for Academic Success and Achievement (CASA)
Members of the Faculty
Health Center
Residence Life
University Police
New Student and Family Programs
Dining Services
Financial Aid/Student Accounts
Student Involvement and Leadership Development (SILD)

Family/Guest Orientation Information 

  • Please note that Family/Guest Orientation is only offered in June.
  • Check-in starts at 8:00 a.m. and the orientation day will end at 5:50 p.m. with a dinner to follow.
  • You will be able to park in the Maynard Lot or Salem End Lot. (Please click here for an interactive map of campus). Accessible parking is located behind the McCarthy Center. Keep an eye out for the Black and Gold Orientation Leaders outside directing traffic.
  • Signs will direct you to the designated check-in location.
  • Light breakfast will be available. Lunch will be served in our dining facilities which offer many options to accommodate for dietary restrictions and preferences. Please inform us of any food allergies or restrictions on your RSVP form.
  • Your students have their own separate orientation experience and will be reunited with their student at dinner. During this orientation, families and guests will learn how to support their students’ transition to FSU!
  • There is a $45.00 (non-refundable) per participant fee to cover the cost of food and supplies for the program. Please make all checks payable to Framingham State University . There is no separate cost for your student to attend Orientation.
  • Individuals who require accommodations including accompaniment by a Personal Care Assistant, sign language interpreter, assistance with communications, or assistance for reduced or restricted mobility must notify our office of those needs in advance when they RSVP or via email at orientation@framingham.edu.
  • If you are unable to RSVP in advance, we still encourage you to come to orientation. An accurate RSVP helps us to plan for your arrival, but we will be prepared for the families of  all first-year students who have deposited with the institution. 
  • Please RSVP below! When you click the button below, you'll see that next to the selection for Family/Guest Orientation the description of the dates only indicates the first date of orientation. However, you will be able to select the date for family members and guests to attend once you access the registration site.  To register, click "Register Now".  Select "Create New Account". You'll create a new account with your own information. The "number of additional attendees" is the total number of family members/guests attending, and your total cost will reflect this number. Please call 508-626-4596 for questions or assistance with your RSVP.
  • Click here for more information just for Parents & Families!

 

Click: Ram Ready Portal

You will receive information via mail and email for how to log into the Portal.

  • 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.

Connect: Black & Gold Beginnings

You will receive information about Black & Gold Beginnings via mail and at In-Person Orientation. 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.