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.

As of August 14, 2020, our Virtual Advising & Registration Days have concluded. Please read below for the important information you'll need to prepare for the semester, including how to register for classes. Our recording of the First-Year Advising Day will give you an introduction to the course registration process, but you will need to follow the instructions below to register for courses.

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

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

To register for your Fall 2020 courses, please contact the department chair for your major. To prepare for your appointment, please review your First-Year Advising Guide. The Advising Center can also be of assistance at advising@framingham.edu.

1. For students who created their schedule in August, once you have created your schedule, you will be able to pay your bill, which is due August 30th. You will receive an email from Student Accounts with instructions on this process, including how to waive your health insurance fee.

2. 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 over the summer and will provide you with the information you need to know about our campus community prior to your start in the Fall. The Ram Ready Portal will also provide you with helpful information 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.

3.You must also complete the EverFi module that has been 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.

4. All full-time students must upload their immunization records. Please visit our Health Center’s webpage, which includes information for incoming students.

5. All incoming students were emailed by idoffice@framingham.edu 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.

6. Please ensure that you complete all the items on the New Ram Checklist.

7. If you are moving onto campus, please be sure to check your FSU email regarding move-in sign-ups and procedures. Be sure to also check the Registrar’s Fall 2020 subject listing and schedule for more information on class format as some classes have moved from face-to-face and/or hybrid to remote classes. If you have accepted an invitation to live on campus this fall and change your mind after checking on the status of your classes, don't worry--you can cancel your housing assignment without a penalty until August 26

8. 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 by September 1st.  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. 

9. 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 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.

We hope that you will engage with our campus community, even as many of our connection will occur virtually. You will receive information in the coming weeks about our Black & Gold Beginnings program, the final part of orientation, which provides students with an opportunity to engage with other students as well as campus resources available to help you succeed. Our Orientation Leaders are excited to engage with you during these events! You can connect with us now by following us on social media @newFSUram, and you can connect with other incoming students on our Framingham State University-Class of 2024 page. This page is also where we will share important updates for incoming students!

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

Black & Gold Beginnings will take place virtually between August 24-September 15. You will receive information about Black & Gold Beginnings via email. 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.

To view a listing of our events, please go to RamLink at ramlink.framingham.edu. You will see the events by clicking on the "Events" tab. 

All incoming first-year students are required to attend the following Black & Gold Beginnings sessions:

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

*All incoming first-year students are required to attend or view the recording of the Tech Resources event. To access the recording, sign into Blackboard with your FSU username and password. You'll find the recording available in the Blackboard 101 course.