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New ‘Nole Orientation

Welcome to FSU Panama City! Transitioning to a new phase of life and going to college can be a lot to take in and adjust to. Our New ‘Noles webpage is designed to be your one-stop-shop on the internet for key information to help you gain understanding, explore your new campus, and get answers to important questions before, during, and after you have begun your FSU experience.

Orientation 2023

New ‘Nole Orientation for FSU Panama City is held in person on campus. Select your New Nole Orientation session and reserve your space with online payment by logging into your myFSU account using your permanent FSUID. For questions, please contact orientation@pc.fsu.edu or (850) 770-2170.

Orientation is designed to help students and their families with the transition to the college life and experience. Becoming a part of an academic community is an exciting, and sometimes stressful, time in a person’s life – let us help you along the way. Florida State University Panama City is excited to share this experience with you and cannot wait to introduce you to our beautiful campus.

Be sure to check out our Orientation FAQs webpage for frequently asked questions regarding Orientation.

All on-campus students must register for a campus orientation on one of the dates below. All admitted distance learning students please see Distance Learning Orientation here.

On-campus orientation dates for 2023

Select your session and reserve your space with online payment by logging into your myFSU account using your FSUID. All orientation sessions are from 8 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and located in the Bayside Auditorium.

Summer/Fall 2023

Transfer – April 21st
FTIC & Transfer - June 9th
Transfer - July 14th

Fall 2023

Transfer – July 14th
FTIC & Transfer – August 24th

Please look through the webpage and learn about the variety of resources, programs, and services we offer. If you have questions, please contact the Department of Student Affairs at (850) 770-2170 or studentaffairs@pc.fsu.edu.

Prior to Orientation

Prior to attending Orientation, there are a few tasks to complete that will help you have a positive Orientation experience. Here, we offer you a checklist of actions that will prepare you for the orientation process.

Checklist

ACTIVATE YOUR FSUID

You may activate your FSUID and set up your profile as soon as you have been admitted to Florida State University by visiting the FSUID Management page. Click “Activate Your FSUID/Set Security Questions” to begin the process. Be sure to have your EMPLID information sent to you by email during the registration process for admission.

Much of the business students will conduct with the University will be done through myFSU. Once logged onto the myFSU portal, you will be able to easily access myFSU Student Central (for student accounts and course search/enrollment), your @FSU.EDU email account (where FSU will communicate with you regularly – check this often), and Canvas (academic course management information).

You will not have access to course enrollment as an undergraduate student until you have successfully completed Orientation, but it is great to get familiar with the resources available to you in the myFSU portal now.

REGISTER FOR ORIENTATION

Select your session and reserve your space with online payment by logging into your myFSU account using your FSUID. You will see a prompt on your screen: “Have you registered for New Student Orientation? To register or update your reservation CLICK HERE.” Click on the link in the myFSU portal and complete your orientation reservation. Please keep in mind that your space will not be saved until payment is received. The orientation fee for FSU Panama City is $35. NOTE: All online orientation payments must be made through the orientation registration system, which can be accessed through the myFSU portal.

For assistance in registering for Orientation, please contact the Department of Student Affairs at (850) 770-2170 or studentaffairs@pc.fsu.edu.

COMPLETE HEALTH HISTORY/IMMUNIZATION INFORMATION COMPLIANCE 

As an incoming student, you are required to complete the Student Immunization Record and return them to the Department of Student Affairs before you will have access to course registration. For more information, review the Florida State University Health Requirements.

After submitting the Student Immunization Record, you may call the Department of Student Affairs at (850) 770-2170 to confirm your records are complete and clearance has been granted. Bring a back-up copy of this paperwork with you to Orientation.

REVIEW YOUR ADMISSIONS STATUS FREQUENTLY

Log onto the Admissions Status Check to review your application/admission decision status, confirm your Florida residency status for tuition rate purposes, confirm that you are coded for the correct academic major, and more! You should check your online status once a week to see what has changed or is outstanding.

APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID & BRIGHT FUTURES AWARDS 

Apply for financial aid as early as possible each year. You can apply as early as January 1 using estimated income and tax return information.

If eligible, apply for Bright Futures while still in high school and notify Bright Futures which university you are attending.

BEFORE ACADEMIC ADVISING AT ORIENTATION 

Review the Academics section of our website. Be sure to identify Liberal Studies requirements you may need and review the major of your choice for other requirements you should consider.

If you are a first-year or transferring sophomore student, bring all information you have about possible college credit including, but not limited to, AP, IB, AICE, CLEP, Dual Enrollment, and transfer credit.

If you are a junior or senior transfer student, contact our Academic Advising & Student Success Center at (850) 770-2288 or advising@pc.fsu.edu regarding your transferring course credits so that we may better prepare a course schedule with you prior to Orientation.

RESEARCH AREA HOUSING 

If you do not currently live in the Panama City area, we encourage you to making housing arrangements as early as possible. An important resource that might be helpful to you is the Local Apartments Guide.

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS & RESPONSIBILITIES 

Higher education is one of society’s freest of institutions. The community standard at Florida State University, which guides conduct and influences policy, is called Responsible Freedom. Responsible Freedom acknowledges that you have the right to justice and public order as well as the responsible to protect the rights and privileges of fellow community members. Familiarize yourself with Student Rights & Responsibilities.

TITLE IX NOTICE: As a recipient of Federal financial assistance, FSU is required by Title IX to ensure that all of its education programs and activities are free from discrimination on the basis of sex. Additionally, the Florida Educational Equity Act prohibits discrimination in schools based on race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, disability, or marital status. FLA. STAT. § 1000.05 (2011). All members of the FSU Community should be familiar with the institution’s equal opportunity, compliance, and complaint reporting policies as well as their rights under these policies: Office of Equal Opportunity & Compliance.

LEARN ABOUT THE STUDENT VETERANS CENTER & ACCESS YOUR EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS (IF APPLICABLE)

Did you know that Florida State University is quickly becoming the most student veteran friendly University in the country? Whether you are an active service member, veteran, dependent of a veteran, or supportive member in our Seminole community, you should be aware of the many ways FSU is supporting the success of veterans at FSU and celebrating their active role on our campus.

Learn about the FSU Panama City Veterans Center and how you can support its mission by visiting the website. If you are a new student veteran or a qualifying dependent of a United States veteran who plans to use your education benefits under the GI Bill, begin that process now by visiting the Student Veterans Center Students webpage.

LEARN ABOUT STUDENT DISABILITY SERVICES & ACADEMIC ACCOMMODATIONS (IF APPLICABLE) 

If you are a student with a documented disability, we encourage you to begin the registration process with our Student Disability Services as soon as possible. Once registered, students are able to self-determine when and what accommodations they would like to utilize during the semester for each class. It is better to register for services and not need them than to need accommodations and not have time to complete the process.

What to Bring to Orientation

  • Government Issued ID so that you can get your FSUCard if you have not already done so
  • Comfortable walking shoes*
  • Umbrella and/or rain jacket*
  • Bag for orientation materials
  • Backup copies of transcripts, test scores, immunization records, and other documents as needed

*Please note: Orientation programming does continue regardless of rain. It is important to attend Orientation prepared for rain and walking, as some sessions are in different buildings. Additionally, some of the meeting spaces can be chilly, so please bring a light jacket with you for your comfort.

 

What to Bring to Orientation

  • Government Issued ID so that you can get your FSUCard 
  • Your license plate number for your parking pass
  • Comfortable walking shoes*
  • Umbrella and/or rain jacket*
  • Backup copies of transcripts, test scores, immunization records, and other documents as needed

*Please note: Orientation programming does continue regardless of rain. It is important to attend Orientation prepared for rain and walking, as some sessions are in different buildings. Additionally, some of the meeting spaces can be chilly, so please bring a light jacket with you for your comfort.

Post- Orientation

We hope you enjoyed your Orientation and that the program and resources presented will enrich your college experience. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the Department of Student Affairs at (850) 770-2170 or studentaffairs@pc.fsu.edu. Florida State University Panama City offers a rich heritage of traditions, including strong academic programs and an exciting student life, which we hope you will take advantage of while studying in Panama City. Get excited for the opportunities that lay ahead and prepare to be WOWed!

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STUDENT RIGHTS & RESPONSIBILITIES

We encourage you to familiarize yourself with frequently used policies and guidelines which govern the student experience at FSU, including the Academic Honor Policy, Student Conduct Code, and other administrative policies.

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TITLE IX

As a recipient of Federal financial assistance, FSU is required by Title IX to ensure that all of its education programs and activities are free from discrimination on the basis of sex. Additionally, the Florida Educational Equity Act prohibits discrimination in schools based on race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, disability, marital status. FLA. STAT. § 1000.05 (2011). All members of the FSU Community should be familiar with the institution’s equal opportunity, compliance, and complaint reporting policies as well as their rights under these policies: Equal Opportunity & Compliance and Title IX.

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STUDENT PRIVACY & PARENTAL ACCESS

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) protects the educational records of students enrolled in a postsecondary institution, regardless of age. Learn more about this policy, the way Florida State University protects student data and how parental access is articulated by vising the Student Privacy & Parental Access webpage.

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ACADEMIC ADVISING & ADVISOR SEARCH

Florida State University’s academic advisors are helpful resources for students considering major selection, career paths, academic plans and enrichment opportunities, course selection and registration, or other personal and life goals. A student should speak to their advisor frequently, at least once a semester. Student should also meet with an advisor when considering changing their major or adding a double-major or minor. Visit our Academic Advising & Student Success Center to discuss our different majors, special programs, or interest areas.

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IT’S ALL ACADEMIC

Students are responsible for Florida State University’s undergraduate/liberal arts graduation requirements, academic policies, and other information which governs their pursuit of a degree. This information can be found in the It’s All Academic book.

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MYFSU PORTAL

The myFSU website is the official student portal to many of the University’s online resources and business functions. You will use the site daily to access your email, Canvas for course information, manage your financial and courage enrollment functions with the University, and more. 

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TUITION, FEES, & FINANCIAL AID

Refresh yourself on how financial aid is distributed or how to go about paying outstanding tuition and fees.

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STUDENT INVOLVEMENT & SUPPORT SERVICES

Complementing the classroom experience, Student Affairs offers a variety of student support services as well as activities and involvement opportunities to enhance students’ overall wellbeing and development. Join one of our amazing student organizations, register for disability support services, increase your mental health, and more!

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GARNET & GOLD SCHOLAR SOCIETY

The Garnet and Gold Scholar Society facilitates involvement and recognizes the engaged, well-rounded student who excels within and beyond the classroom in the areas of Leadership, Internship, Service, International, and Research. Be recognized for your engagement experiences by participating in this initiative throughout your duration at Florida State University by completing three of five engagement areas to become a member.

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Orientation FAQs

The following are frequently asked questions about Orientation at Florida State University Panama City. There are four sections (Orientation Registration, Attending Orientation, Family Members, and After Orientation) of information to assist you. If you have questions that are not answered here, please contact the Department of Student Affairs at (850) 770-2170 or studentaffairs@pc.fsu.edu.

Orientation Registration

Why is orientation required?

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 of the campus resources available to you. Course registration occurs at each Orientation session and to ensure attendance, no one is allowed to register for their courses until the end of the Orientation session.

I am a transfer student that has already attended an orientation session, why do I have to attend FSU's orientation?

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 Florida State University Panama City.

What is the deadline for registering for orientation?

While registration for Orientation closes one business day prior to the session, we encourage you to register early. Each Orientation session is capacity limited and sessions will close as they fill. Orientation space is available on a first-reserve basis

How do I pay for orientation?

All online orientation payments must be made through the orientation registration system, which can be accessed through the myFSU portal.

How is my orientation fee used?

Florida State University’s Orientation program does not receive state dollars and is wholly supported by the orientation fees collected. These funds cover the development of printed publications, staff salaries, and other associated program costs.

After I have registered for orientation, can I change my session date?

Yes! Once you have registered for Orientation, you may change the date of your session by logging back into the orientation registration system through the myFSU portal. From there, you can change your date one of two ways:

  • Click on Dates from the left side menu » Select a new date » Click Save & Continue
  • Click on My Reservation » Scroll down to Dates » Click Edit Section » Select a new date » Click Save & Continue

Keep in mind that each Orientation session is capacity limited and sessions will close as they fill; therefore, only sessions with space availability will be shown. 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. You can monitor session availability daily via the myFSU portal. Please do this before calling our office to inquire about moving your Orientation into a closed or unavailable session. There is no advantage or disadvantage to attending an earlier or later Orientation session.

How can I add a guest to my orientation reservation?

Once you have completed your online orientation reservation, you can add a guest(s) to your reservation up to three days before your session by logging back into the orientation reservation system through the myFSU Portal. From there you can add a guest(s) one of two ways:

  • Click on Guests » Click on the Add A Guest link » Enter the required information » Click Save & Continue
  • Click on My Reservation » Scroll down to Guests » Click Edit Section » Click on the Add A Guest link » Enter the required information » Click Save & Continue

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

We understand that plans change. Email studentaffairs@pc.fsu.edu to let us know. Be sure to give us your name so that we may change attendance expectations.

How do I request an accommodation for myself or a guest during orientation?

If assistance is needed during Orientation, an accommodations request can be submitted through the online orientation registration system or by contacting the Department of Student Affairs at (850) 770-2171 or studentaffairs@pc.fsu.edu. Florida State University Panama City will provide reasonable accommodations if requested one week before the scheduled Orientation session. If a request is made without one week’s notice, all efforts will be made to provide the requested accommodations.

Students, if you need permanent or temporary learning or physical accommodations while attending FSU Panama City, please contact Student Disability Services at (850) 770-2172.

If I register for orientation and decide to cancel my admission to FSU Panama City, can I get a refund?

All orientation fees are non-refundable. Deciding not to attend Florida State University or having your admission rescinded due to poor academic performances does not qualify you to receive a refund of orientation fees. If you decided not to attend FSU, it is your responsibility to notify the Office of Admissions at (850) 770-2311 or admissions@pc.fsu.edu.

Attending Orientation

What should I wear?

Dress is casual. We will be indoors and outdoors and there is some walking built into the program. Bring an umbrella and rain jacket. Some rooms are cooler than others, so dress accordingly. Orientation will continue rain or shine.

What should I bring with me to orientation?

  • Government Issued ID so that you can get your FSUCard if you have not already done so
  • Comfortable walking shoes*
  • Umbrella and/or rain jacket*
  • Bag for orientation materials
  • Backup copies of transcripts, test scores, immunization records, and other documents as needed

How long is the orientation program? When is orientation check-in?

Orientation is three-hours in length and check-in begins 30-minutes prior to the start of the session. More information about the specifics of your Orientation session will be included in your registration confirmation e-mail sent to your FSU e-mail.

I am registered for orientation, do I have to be present at orientation check-in?

Yes. It is important that you arrive for Orientation check-in on time so that we can give you your schedule and get your session started on time. Students must check-in for themselves; we cannot allow a family member to check-in for a student.

What business will I take care of at orientation?

You will meet with an academic advisor, register for classes, get your FSUID Card and parking pass, and learn about a variety of on-campus resources, office, and opportunities.

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

Yes. You must attend all of the programs presented at your Orientation session. Student attendance is taken to ensure that you are getting the required information needed to be successful at FSU. Students missing sessions will have a hold placed on their course registration. Being present and actively participating in your Orientation session is crucial to a successful start at FSU Panama City.

When can I get my FSUCard (student identification card)?

The FSUCard may be obtained any time after you have been accepted, including during Orientation. The $10 fee for your initial FSUCard will be assessed with your first semester’s tuition. The FSUCard and its many uses will be discussed at Orientation.

Do I need to have a parking pass for orientation?

No. Students and family members may park in any unreserved parking space on the FSU Panama City campus during orientation.

When can I get my campus parking pass?

You can register for your parking pass any time after you have been accepted, including during Orientation. We will have passes available during check-in and throughout the Orientation session.

Is housing/lodging provided during orientation?

No, however there are a number of hotels and vacation rentals throughout the Panama City and Panama City Beach area.

Academics

Will I receive academic advising during orientation?

Yes. 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 before and following Orientation.

Will I learn how to register for classes?

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.

Can I register for courses if my immunization form has not been turned in?

No. The Student Immunization Record is strictly enforced by the University. Instructions for submitting the form are contained on the form. Please note that the FSU Panama City campus has a different form for students than Tallahassee; it is important that you use the correct form.

What if I want to change my major?

Most first-year and lower-division transfer students can change their major at Orientation when you meet with your advisor.

Family Members

If I am not sure that I can attend orientation with my student, should I pre-register?

If you choose not to pre-register with your student and then are able to attend, your student can add you to the orientation reservation through the myFSU portal or on the day of the session via our check-in table. Seating is not guaranteed, however. If you register for Orientation and are unable to attend, there is no impact to you or your student.

Is there a fee for family members to attend orientation?

No. While there is a fee for students to attend Orientation, there is not a fee for family members.

Is housing/lodging provided during orientation?

No. However, there are a number of hotels and vacation rentals throughout the Panama City and Panama City Beach area.

Will I be with my student throughout orientation?

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 them to explore college independence and gain a sense of confidence about starting at Florida State University Panama City.

Is there walking involved in the orientation program?

Yes. Florida State University Panama City is a walking campus and Orientation requires participants to walk during portions of the program. The Panama City campus is small; nevertheless, every effort is made to accommodate the needs of students and family members with disabilities and other health concerns. We remind you to dress for warm/humid weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. Also, do not forget your umbrella and rain jacket; the Orientation session will continue rain or shine.

How do I request an accommodation for myself during orientation?

If assistance is needed during Orientation, an accommodations request can be submitted through the online orientation registration system or by contacting the Department of Student Affairs at (850) 770-2171 or studentaffairs@pc.fsu.edu. Florida State University Panama City will provide reasonable accommodations if requested one week before the scheduled Orientation session. If a request is made without one week’s notice, all efforts will be made to provide the requested accommodations.

Are children allowed/encouraged to attend orientation?

Yes, but this is a personal decision for your family. Please remember that the length of Orientation sessions may be long for young children and the program may contain topics which you are not comfortable having discussed in their presence. We will do our best to inform you of any potential programming that you may want to avoid with younger children in mind.

Will my student leave orientation having registered for their classes?

Yes. Students receive academic advising and register for classes during their Orientation session. Course registration occurs at the end of Orientation after students have learned 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 may not be permitted in the room while students register, but can discuss their student’s schedule with them immediately after.

I have questions about financial aid; will I be able to get answers during orientation?

Yes. Our financial aid office will be present at Orientation and provide opportunities for you to ask questions. You will leave Orientation feeling well informed and with your questions answered. You can also begin gathering information now by visiting our Financial Aid webpage.

How will I know how much my student was awarded for financial aid or how much they owe for tuition and other fees?

After the Office of Financial Aid rewards aid, the information will be available to your student on the myFSU portal. Florida State University does not mail bills concerning owed fees, so it is important students access this information on the myFSU portal.

After Orientation

What do I do now that I have attended orientation?

Make sure you visit the Post-Orientation section of our website and remember to submit any final high school and any other college transcripts to the Office of Admissions. If you have any questions or need assistance now or in the future, contact the Department of Student Affairs at (850) 770-2170 or studentaffairs@pc.fsu.edu.

Can I access my class schedule at any time?

Yes. You can access your course schedule at any time by visiting Student Central through the myFSU portal. Occasionally, the information will be unavailable for system updates, but downtimes do not last long and are usually advertised in advance.

If I started at Florida State University in the summer semester, am I required to attend another orientation for fall semester?

No. Each student is only required to attend Orientation at FSU once.
 

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FSU ID Card

Your FSUCard is your access to all things Florida State University Panama City! Reserve and borrow texts from the library, print on campus computers, make purchases at the FSU Bookstore, and more on campus. Plus, your FSUCard will get students special access to shared facilities and events at Gulf Coast State College as part of the Seminole-Commodore Alliance including recreation, organizations, library texts, and more!
All students, faculty, and staff are provided with a FSUCard upon enrollment or initial start date. Replacement FSUCards for lost, damaged, stolen, or otherwise will incur a fee. Cards are distributed in the Department of Student Affairs, Barron 210.

Terms and Conditions

Your FSUCard is your access to all things Florida State University Panama City! Reserve and borrow texts from the library, print on campus computers, make purchases at the FSU Bookstore, and more on campus. Plus, your FSUCard will get students special access to shared facilities and events at Gulf Coast State College as part of the Seminole-Commodore Alliance including recreation, organizations, library texts, and more!

All students, faculty, and staff are provided with a FSUCard upon enrollment or initial start date. Replacement FSUCards for lost, damaged, stolen, or otherwise will incur a fee. Cards are distributed in the Department of Student Affairs, Barron 210.

Terms and Conditions

When signing the FSUCard Agreement, you agree that:

  • You certify the information you provide is correct and accept the terms and conditions of the agreement.
  • You understand there is a fee for any replacement FSUCard.
  • You understand there is an annual FSUCard fee as allowed by 1009.24.13.c, Florida Statute and authorized by the FSU Board of Trustees.
  • You understand that the Board of Trustees has authorized an inactivity fee for FSUCash if you do not use your FSUCash account for twelve (12) consecutive months. This inactivity fee will not cause your FSUCash account to go into a negative balance and all other uses of the FSUCard will not be affected.
  • You understand your FSUCard will expire five (5) years from the date you sign the Agreement. To renew your FSUCard after the expiration, you will need to visit the FSUCard Center.
  • You understand that by lending your FSUCard to another party is in violation of the Student Conduct Code, 6C2-3.004(5)(j); of FSU Guidelines for Disciplinary Action for USPS employees in 6C2-4.070, F.A.C.; A&P employees 6C2-4.0592, F.A.C.
  • You acknowledge that in the case of an emergency, without your consent, the information contained in this agreement may be released to protect the health and safety of yourself and/or others. Authority: 228.093(3)(d)(8), Florida Statues.
  • The Federal Privacy Act of 1974 Allows colleges and universities to require the disclosure of Social Security numbers for the purpose of identification and verification of student records, including registration, financial aid, and academic records, and for verification of identity in connection with the provision of its services. The University does not use your Social Security number for student identification.

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Parking @ FSU PC

Welcome to FSU Panama City. We know that transportation is important for our students. You may obtain parking permits in the Barron building, room 210.

What to Bring

Welcome to FSU Panama City. We know that transportation is important for our students. You may obtain parking permits in the Barron building, room 210.

You will need:

  • EMPLID (9-digit number)
  • FSU email (name@my.fsu.edu)
  • Vehicle year, make, model and color
  • License plate number

If you are a Seminole Landing resident, please have a copy of your lease ready to show for verification.

Parking map (pdf)


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