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.

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 information about Transfer Student Orientation.

Ram Ready Portal

The Ram Ready Portal is our online modules that welcome you to Framingham State and provides vital information for your FSU journey. The Portal should be completed prior to your day of Orientation. You can access the Ram Ready Portal by logging into myFramingham and finding the link under “Online Orientation” on the student homepage starting December 1, 2022. 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 December 1, 2022.

In-Person Orientation 

Your Orientation day on January 12, 2023 will be a great way to begin your in-person Framingham State experience. During the day, you will be connected to other new students as you as well as members of our Black and Gold Orientation Leader team. You will be introduced to members of your academic department as well as other people who will be valuable resources for you throughout your time at FSU.  At the end of the day, not only will you have met students who are beginning their collegiate careers at the same time as you, but you will have begun to learn your way around campus and learned even more about what it means to be a member of our community.  It will be a busy day, but one in which you will walk away excited to start your life as a Ram!

Creating your first schedule of courses is exciting! Once it is done, you will have a glimpse into what your first semester is going to look like. We know that it can be challenging and sometimes confusing.  Don't worry- we have you covered! First-year students have two options from which they can choose to get started and create your Spring 2023 semester schedule.

Option 1- Attend In-Person Orientation Session on January 12, 2023!
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 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 New 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!

Option 2- Make an individual appointment with your academic department chair to create your Spring 2023 schedule.
Beginning November 28, first-year students will have the opportunity to make a one-on-one appointment with the chair of their academic appointment to create your Spring 2023 schedule. First-year students who select their courses prior to Orientation on January 12 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! The contact information of academic department chairs can be found here.

  • 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 First-Year Orientation experience.  All information must be uploaded to the Medicat portal prior to coming to campus for your Orientation Day.  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!

  • 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)

While there is no Family/Guest Orientation session on January 12, 2023, families and guests should follow our Family & Guest Orientation page to find information about how they can support their student in their college transition!