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ORIENTATION FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

The following are frequently asked questions about orientation at The Florida State University. There are five sections (first-year/lower-division transfer, upper-division transfer, attending orientation,family members, and after orientation) of information to assist you. If you have questions that are not answered here, please contact the Office of New Student & Family Programs.

First-Year/Lower-Division (freshmen & sophomore) Transfer:

Q: Why is orientation required?

  • A: Orientation is required in order to provide all new students with information about being a successful college student at Florida State University. You will learn specifics about the University's academic requirements and all the campus resources available to you. Course registration occurs at each orientation session, and to ensure attendance, no one is allowed to register for his/her courses until the end of the orientation session.

Q: Is student housing available for Panama City Students?

  • A: No. However, there are a number of apartment complexes throughout the community. We recommend you come in advance or plan extra days to investigate your options so that you are settled in when the semester begins.

Q: How long and during what time is the freshmen orientation program? Where is orientation check-in?

  • A: Currently, the freshman/sophomore orientation program is 4 hours, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Check-in is located just outside or inside the room where orientation is to take place.

Q: If I register for orientation and decide to cancel my admission to FSU, what do I do?

  • A: If you decided not to attend FSU, it is your responsibility to email the Panama City Office of Admissions.

Q: If my family member registers and decides not to attend orientation, what do I do?

  • A: Email orientation@pc.fsu.edu to let us know. Be sure to give us your name so we may change attendance expectations.

Q: What is the deadline for registering for orientation?

  • A: Registration for orientation generally closes one business day prior to the session.

Q: After I have registered for orientation, can I change my session dates? If so, how do I make a change?

  • A: Simply log into the myFSU portal and made the change there. We will be happy to accommodate your request for change as long as there is still space available in the session where you are looking to move your reservation. Keep in mind that each orientation session is capacity limited and sessions will close as they fill. Orientation session space is available on a first-reserve basis. If you are trying to get a reservation for a session that is already closed, we cannot assist you with trying to get into that session.

Upper-Division (junior & senior) Transfer:

Q: Why is orientation required?

  • A: Orientation is required in order to provide all new students with information about being a successful college student at Florida State University Panama City. You will learn specifics about the University's academic requirements and all the campus resources available to you. Course registration occurs at each orientation session, and to ensure attendance, no one is allowed to register for his/her courses until having attended orientation.

Q: I've already attended an orientation session and have been in college for a while, why do I have to attend FSU's orientation?

  • A: When you become a new full-time degree-seeking undergraduate student at any public institution in the State of Florida, you are required to attend that institution's orientation program. You may feel like you already understand the college environment and can register for courses, but it is important that you fully understand the unique policies, processes, and resources associated with being a student at The Florida State University.

Q: How long and during what time is the orientation program? Where is orientation check-in?

  • A: Junior/Senior transfer orientation is generally 3 hours long but prepare for more time should enrolling in your courses becomes problematic for some reason. Check-in is just outside or inside the room location for the orientation session.

Q If I register for orientation and decide to cancel my admission to FSU, what do I do?

  • A: If you decided not to attend FSU, it is your responsibility to email the Panama City Office of Admissions.

Q: May I bring a guest or family member to orientation?

  • A: Yes; however, seating is limited and guests are not computed in the total capacity. We cannot guarantee a seat. If we are unable to seat your guest, there is plenty of comfortable areas on campus for your guest to wait and meet you upon the completion of orientation.

Q: After I have registered for orientation, can I change my session dates? If so, how do I make a change?

  • A: Simply log into the myFSU portal and made the change there. We will be happy to accommodate your request for change as long as there is still space available in the session where you are looking to move your reservation. Keep in mind that each orientation session is capacity limited and sessions will close as they fill. Orientation session space is available on a first-reserve basis. If you are trying to get a reservation for a session that is already closed, we cannot assist you with trying to get into that session.

Attending Orientation:

Q: I'm registered for orientation, do I have to be present at orientation check-in?

  • A: Yes, it is important that you arrive for orientation check-in on time so we can get your session started on time. Both students and registered family members (if applicable) must check-in; we cannot allow a family member to check-in for a student or non-present family member.

Q: Am I required to attend all programs and presentations during my session?

  • A: Yes, you must attend all of the programs presented at your orientation session. Student attendance is taken to ensure that you're there getting the required information needed to be successful at FSU Panama City. Students missing sessions will have a hold placed on their course registration. Being a present and participating member of your orientation session is crucial to a successful start at FSU Panama City (oh yeah - it's fun too)!

Q: Will I receive academic advising during orientation?

  • A: You will be instructed on academic information, including graduation requirements and enrichment opportunities, several times during your orientation session and will have an opportunity for one-on-one advisement. Academic advisors will recommend courses for your first and future semesters and help you develop an academic plan. You are also encouraged to communicate with your academic advisor frequently pre- and post-orientation.

Q: Will I learn how to register for my classes?

  • A: Yes, we will teach you how to use all of FSU's academic resources and tools, including course enrollment. Orientation staff and academic advisors will be with you throughout the advising and course registration process to answer questions.

Q: Can I register for courses if my health history/immunization form has not been turned into FSU?

  • A: No, the health history/immunization form is strictly enforced by the University. The Health History/Immunization Form can be downloaded from our Admissions Forms web site. Instructions for submitting the form are contained on the form. Note: there is a different form for Panama City students, so please try not to use the Tallahassee campus form.

Q: When is my FSUcard (student identification card) made?

  • A: The FSUcard may be obtained anytime after you have been accepted, including during orientation. The FSUcard and its many uses will be discussed at orientation.

Family Members/Guests (Freshman/Sophomore sessions):

Q: If I'm not sure that I can attend orientation with my student, should I have my student pre-register me?

  • A: If you choose not to pre-register via your student and then are able to attend, you are always able to come to our walk-in table. Seating is not guaranteed, however. If you register for family member orientation and are unable to attend, we will understand but there is no impact to you or your student.

Q: Is there a fee for orientation?

  • A: There is a $35 fee to attend Panama City campus' orientation. The fee is due at the time you make your orientation reservation.

Q: If we are from out of town, is on-campus housing available for family members and/or my student?

  • A: Regrettably, on-campus housing is not available for student or family members. However, Panama City and Panama City Beach has an abundance of hotels and condo rentals from which you may choose.

Q: Will I be with my student throughout orientation?

  • A: Yes. We realize the importance of family in the college process and have designed a program that will provide you with maximum information and plenty of time with your student, but also time for him/her to explore college independence and gain a sense of confidence about the starting at Florida State University Panama City.

Q: Is there walking involved in the orientation program?

  • A: Yes, Florida State University is a "walking" campus and orientation requires participants to walk during some portions of the program. The Panama City campus is small, though; nevertheless, every effort is made to accommodate the needs of family members with disabilities or other health concerns, but because of our hills and humid climate, we remind you to dress for warm weather and wear comfortable walking shoes; don't forget your umbrella!

Q: Are children allowed/encouraged to attend orientation?

  • A: Yes, but this a personal decision for your family. Please remember that the length of orientation sessions may be too long for young children and the program may contain topics which you are not comfortable having discussed in their presence.

Q: Will my student leave orientation having enrolled for his/her courses?

  • A: Yes, students receive academic advising and enroll in courses during their orientation session. Course registration occurs at the end of orientation after students have had ample opportunities to learn about academic opportunities and requirements at the University. Academic advisors and orientation staff are present during course registration; due to space limitations and scheduling family members will not be able to be in the room while students register (but can discuss their student's schedule with them immediately after).

Q: I have questions about Financial Aid. Will I be able to get answers during orientation?

  • A: Yes, the financial aid offices and more will open during orientation and later (regular business hours) and have opportunities for you to ask questions. Our hope is that you will leave orientation feeling well informed and with your questions answers.

Q: How will I know how much my student was awarded for financial aid or how much he/she owes for tuition, and other fees?

  • A: After the Office of Financial Aid rewards aid, the information will be available in the myFSU portal under the Financial Aid tab. Florida State University does not mail bills concerning owed fees, so it is important students access this information in their student portal.

After Orientation:

Q: Can I access my class schedule at any time?

  • A: You can usually access your course schedule at any time by visiting the myFSU portal (http://my.fsu.edu). Occasionally the information will be unavailable for system updates, but downtimes do not last very long and are usually advertised in advance.

Q: If as a freshman, I started Florida State University during the summer semester, am I required to attend another orientation for fall semester?

  • A: No, each student only attends orientation once.
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