First-Year Student Orientation

Welcome First-Year Students!

The Office of Orientation and New Student and Family Programs would like to congratulate new students on their decision to attend Framingham State University.

The Orientation Program provides an introduction to student life at the University, and helps students achieve a smooth academic transition by providing careful advisement on course and program selection prior to registration. The Orientation Program is specifically designed to meet the needs of new students. It is MANDATORY for all Day Division students entering Framingham State University.

Orientation Information

Below you will find important information regarding orientation for students entering in Fall 2019. 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.

First-Year Orientation

Orientation is a one-day experience in which you will:

  • Meet faculty advisors from your academic department.
  • Learn about courses, your major and other requirements necessary to graduate from Framingham State.
  • Register for classes.
  • Have your student ID picture taken.
  • Create connections with student leaders and other new students.
  • Learn about campus life and available support resources for students.
  • Become familiar with the Framingham State University campus.
  • Orientation is MANDATORY for all Day Division students entering Framingham State University.

    There is no separate fee for Orientation.

Orientation Dates by Major:

Wednesday, June 12 | College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

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

Thursday, June 13 | College of Education & College of Arts and Humanities

Majors: Child & Family Studies, Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education

Studio Art, Art History, Music, Communication Arts, English, Fashion Design & Retailing, History, World Languages, Spanish, American Sign Language, Liberal Studies

Friday, June 14 | College of Business

Majors: Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management, Business & Information Technology, Marketing, Hospitality and Tourism Management

Monday, June 17 | College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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

Tuesday, June 18 | Undeclared Majors

Thursday, June 20 | Make-Up Day One, All Majors

Wednesday, August 14 | Make-Up Day Two, All Majors

Prior to your Arrival On Campus:

  • There is no fee for student orientation.
  • We offer a Family/Guest Orientation program 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 on our website.

  • 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

  • For directions to campus and more information about parking, please click here.

  • If you would like to, feel free to bring a fully charged laptop/tablet. Don’t worry if you don’t have one yet! We have will have computers available.
  • Our 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 and RSVP for the orientation date for your new major. We offer two make-up orientation dates for students who are unable to attend the orientation for their major.  Until we get 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. You will receive detailed information regarding placement testing in a letter that will be sent in the mail. 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) 626-4905 or sign up online.  You will still be able to attend orientation and register for courses, but you may need to update your schedule once you take the tests.  Therefore, we encourage all students to test prior to their June orientation session.

  • 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). 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 orientation day will end around 5:45 p.m. followed by dinner. 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

  • 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.