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, @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.
Ram Ready Portal
On the Ram Ready Portal you will learn how to register for courses and review vital information about FSU so that you are prepared for advising and registration. The Ram Ready Portal should be completed prior to your Virtual Focus on Academics program. You’ll be able to access the Ram Ready Portal starting May 17 by logging into myFramingham and finding the link under “Online Orientation” on the student homepage. This will take approximately one hour to complete. We will check to ensure you have completed the modules prior to the start of the semester.
Focus on Academics Program | Advising & Registration Process
To complete your advising and course registration you’ll first attend a virtual Focus on Academics program where you will learn about our academic procedures at FSU and meet the faculty for your major. At the end of the program you'll register for your Fall 2021 courses!
Choose to attend at either:
- 9:00 a.m. to approximately 12:30 p.m. or
- 1:00 p.m. to approximately 4:30 p.m.
The programs will be offered the following dates:
- Thursday, July 15, 2021
- Thursday, August 12, 2021
While all deposited first-year students will be welcome at our Focus on Academics program, we kindly ask that you RSVP in advance to your program so that we can be prepared for your attendance. Please ensure you RSVP for a First-Year Focus on Academics Program. We highly recommend that you attend your Focus on Academics Program in July as class seats are filling quickly and an accurate bill will be provided following your course registration.
You'll find the button to RSVP below!
Community at FSU Program
Framingham State University is committed to anti-racism and to creating a safe living and learning community. During Black & Gold Beginnings you will participate in programs to learn how you will contribute to a safe and inclusive FSU community.
All incoming students will participate in the half-day Community at FSU program during Black & Gold Beginnings. Attendance will be taken. Students can choose to participate in this program virtually or in-person. This program will include the following sessions:
- Sex, Consent, and COVID
- Building an Inclusive and Anti-Racist Community
Keep an eye out this summer for mail and email with information about how to
reserve your spot for this and many other programs at Black & Gold Beginnings!
Connect to Campus
We are so excited to welcome you and your families to campus! Framingham State is committed to keeping our community members safe and we believe that each student and their family should choose their comfort level in attending
in-person opportunities offered on campus. Be sure to check your email regularly and follow us on the Framingham State University Class of 2025 Facebook group for announcements and instructions on how to secure your spot!
- Visit campus! Choose between a self-guided experience where you’ll only interact with your family OR a socially-distant, student-led experience where you can meet with members of the FSU community. See below for more information!
- Black & Gold Beginnings. B&GB, as it is known here on campus, is a 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. This multi-day program will take place in the days directly prior to the first day of classes on Thursday, September 2nd. By attending social, academic, and informational events you will:
- Build awareness of campus resources that will help you succeed at FSU
- Recognize the rights and responsibilities of being a Ram
- Establish connections with fellow students and members of the FSU faculty and staff
We are excited to welcome new students and their families to campus this summer!
Choose your experience:
- The guided, walking tour experience provides the opportunity to be led by a tour guide around our campus. You’ll meet representatives from various campus resources at “Ram Stops” and chat with current Rams or FSU staff about the campus experience. You'll learn more about campus life, residence life, academic support, and building an inclusive community. Families and guests will learn about resources for those who are supporting incoming Rams. This experience is different from a regular tour in that you'll hear directly from campus resources and engage with other incoming students. You can expect to be on campus approximately two hours.
- The self-guided experience, requires guests to you check in with us at the McCarthy Center where you will pick up a campus map along with directions on downloading the FSUGo App. The FSUGo App allows you to follow the self-guided walking tour route around campus. The app is free to download for both Android & iOS users.
Community Safety is our Priority
Campus visitors for the Connect to Campus tours, guided or self-guided, must sign up for a time to visit campus and check in upon arrival. Attendance of in-person Orientation events is prohibited for anyone who has any symptoms of illness, COVID-19 or otherwise, or who has had exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the past 14 days. Visitors to campus will complete a self-check questionnaire upon arrival to ensure they are not experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and have not recently been in contact with anyone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19. In addition, visitors will sign an Acknowledgement of Risk form.
Since the printing of our orientation booklets, the CDC and Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Framingham State University have adjusted COVID guidelines for fully vaccinated individuals. Out of an abundance of caution and to keep our community and visitors safe, Framingham State University is still requiring masks to be worn while indoors on campus by all individuals, even those who are vaccinated, unless there is a medical exception in accordance with those listed by Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Non-vaccinated individuals, including those with authorized exemptions, must continue to wear masks while on campus grounds or facilities and practice social distancing for their own protection and the protection of community members to reduce the spread of COVID19.
If protocols are updated we will communicate with you prior to your arrival. By submitting an RSVP for an orientation Connect to Campus tour, you, the student, and any guests attending with you are affirming you have read and agree to follow the guidelines listed above.
Self-guided and guided tours will be offered on the following days:
Monday, June 21
Monday, June 28
Monday, July 19
Monday, July 26
Tuesday, June 22 & Wednesday, June 23
Tuesday, June 29 & Wednesday, June 30
Guided tours will be offered from 10:00-11:30 and 1:00-2:30. Thursday, June 24 and Thursday, July 1 are reserved as rain dates. Registrants would be contacted in the case of a weather event preciptating the need for use of the rain date.
Tuesday, July 20 & Wednesday, July 21
Tuesday, July 27 & Wednesday, July 28
Guided tours will be offered from 10:00-11:30, 1:00-2:30, and 3:00-4:30. Thursday, July 22 and Thursday, July 29 are reserved as rain dates. Registrants would be contacted in the case of a weather event preciptating the need for use of the rain date.
Let us know if you have any questions! We can't wait to meet you!
Click on the gold RSVP button at the bottom of the page to sign-up for a spot on one of our Connect to Campus tours.
- Individuals who require accommodations to participate in a live, virtual event or in-person event should let us know of those needs in advance on the RSVP form or via email at email@example.com.
- Attendance of in-person Orientation events by anyone who has any symptoms of illness, COVID-19 or otherwise, or who has had exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the past 14 days is prohibited. Visitors to campus will complete a self-check questionnaire to ensure they are feeling healthy and have not recently been in contact with anyone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19. Campus visitors must sign up for a time to visit campus and check in upon arrival. Directions regarding social distancing and masks will be provided upon registration to an event.
- 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 your advising & registration appointment please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can assist you.
- It is important that you sign into every Zoom meeting 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.
- Please download the latest version of Zoom for virtual programs. Directions can be found at the Zoom Help Center.
- Please ensure that you complete all the items on the New Ram Checklist.
- You must complete the GetInclusive 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 online modules for sexual assault prevention, hazing, and alcohol education. 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. Information regarding the COVID vaccination requirement will be sent to students via email as details are established by the campus.
- All incoming students will be emailed by email@example.com 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.
- If you are moving onto campus, please be sure to check your FSU email regarding move-in sign-ups and procedures.
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 2025 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)