First-Year Student Orientation
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.If you will be starting in Spring 2021, please be sure to log into your technology platforms as soon as possible to check for email communication regarding your virtual orientation experience.
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Please click here if you are looking for information about Transfer Student Orientation.
Part One: Ram Ready Portal
On the Ram Ready Portal you will learn about how to register for courses and review vital information about FSU so that you are prepared for your first semester. Log into the Ram Ready Portal on the Student Homepage of myFramingham with your FSU username and password.
Part Two: Advising and Registration
You will have the opportunity to get advised and then register for courses prior to January 13th. Please see your email for further instructions.
Incoming students who do not complete advising and registration by January 13th will attend a Virtual Advising and Registration Day on January 14th.
Part Three: Required Community Sessions
All incoming first-year students are required to participate in our Building an Inclusive and Anti-Racist Community Session and Sexual Consent Session. Students will receive an email invitation with specific information for these sessions.
Incoming students will be invited to participate in several social connections! We hope you will join us and engage with the FSU community! Students will receive an email invitation with specific information for this session. RSVP Here.
Students should become familiar with myFramingham, Blackboard, and FSU email prior to registering for courses. To best prepare for course registration, please set your password and navigate the three platforms prior to registering for courses.
Instructions for accessing your technology platforms 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 as soon as possible at 508-215-5906 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a user-friendly experience and to minimize technical complications, we advise students to use a laptop or tablet rather than a phone for their course registration.
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 Day, please contact us at email@example.com so that we can assist you.
Incoming students will receive email communication with instructions on how to sign up for an appointment to register for classes with an advisor. Students who are unable to meet with their advisor prior to January 13th to register for courses will attend our Virtual Advising & Registration Day on January 14th.
Schedule for Virtual Transfer Advising and Registration Day, January 14, 2021:
12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Social Connection Session, Orientation Leaders present: FSU Tips for Success
- While we wish we could meet in person, we would like to meet you virtually! Join us for an opportunity to meet current students and other incoming students. Our Orientation Leaders will review with you procedures for moving onto campus, commuter tips, COVID protocols and more. This session is optional, but we hope to see you there! Students who register prior to January 14th are encouraged to attend this session.
12:45 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Check In
- You will access all Zoom links by 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. For check-in and our first session, you will need to select the Zoom Link under the section called "Virtual Advising Day - Start Here". You'll need to use Blackboard from a laptop or tablet to view the tab with the links, the links are not visible if you use your cellphone. If you need to access Blackboard from your phone, please see this video to help you find the Zoom links for your Virtual Advising Day. If you have any trouble, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is important that you sign into every Zoom meeting on this day with your full name. 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.
1:00 p.m. - Welcome!
- You will meet the staff of New Student and Family Programs who will discuss what to expect as transfer students and for your Virtual Advising and Registration Day. You will also receive a welcome from our Director of Inclusive Excellence Initiatives.
1:15 p.m. - 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.
2:00 p.m. - 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 register for courses. Students may leave once they have met with their advisor and have registered for their courses.
- To best prepare for your schedule-building process, please complete the Ram Ready Portal (information below) and check out our First-Year Advising Guide and Major Worksheets.
3:00 p.m. - Advising and Registration concludes
- Anyone needing more time will be able to work with faculty to resolve issues and register for courses. After this time you can contact email@example.com for assistance with your course schedule.
TBD – Required Session: Sex, Consent, and COVID
- All incoming first-year students are required to attend this session. Students will receive email communication with information on how to complete this session.
Required Session: Building an Inclusive and Anti-Racist Community
- Framingham State University is committed to anti-racism. Our incoming students are required to participate in this session as a starting point to understanding how you will contribute to an anti-racist community. Students will receive email communication with information on how to complete this session.
- In order to be fully prepared for the semester, please complete the Ram Ready Portal. These online modules will walk you through all of the business items that need to be completed prior to the start of the semester and will provide you with the information you need to know about our campus community. The Ram Ready Portal will also provide you with helpful guides to prepare you for your course registration process. You will find the link to the Ram Ready Portal on the student homepage of myFramingham.edu. You’ll log in with your FSU username and password.
- You must also complete the EverFi modules that will be sent via email regarding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Completing this module is the first step in contributing to the inclusive and anti-racist community that FSU is committed to creating. First-Year Students must also complete the EverFi Modules for Sexual Assault Prevention and AlcoholEdu. Failure to complete these modules will prevent you from receiving the minimum sanctions listed for associated policy violations as listed in the Student Code of Conduct.
- All full-time students must upload their immunization records. Please visit our Health Center’s webpage, which includes information for incoming students.
- All incoming students will be emailed by firstname.lastname@example.org with instructions on how to upload a personal photo to have your campus ID created. You’ll need your ID to access buildings and utilize your meal plan, if you have one. Please contact them with questions.
- Please ensure that you complete all the items on the New Ram Checklist.
- If you are moving onto campus, please be sure to check your FSU email regarding move-in sign-ups and procedures.
- Initial COVID Testing: If you are living and or learning on-campus you have received an email telling you how to sign up for testing. Residential students must receive a test within 24 hours of moving-in. Commuter students taking classes on campus must complete their onboarding COVID testing the first week of the semester If you do not take the test you may be removed from housing and/or asked to take your classes remotely until you complete a test.
- Student Community Health Compact: Sign the Student Community Health Compact and refer to the University COVID Website or the FSU Student Navigating Your Return to Campus webpage for updated information.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
There are many ways to engage virtually with our community!
- Watch recorded Rams Rising sessions and virtual tours.
- Request to join the Framingham State University – Class of 2024 Facebook page to connect with other new students and stay updated on campus happenings. Scroll through the feed and check out the recordings of our live panel discussions with Orientation Leaders and special guests who share pro tips and helpful information to help you feel like you know FSU inside and out!
- Log into ramlink.framingham.edu 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!
- @reslifefsu (for resident students)
- Our Orientation Leaders can’t wait to meet you! Get to know them and hear about the experiences that have shaped them here:
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.