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.
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 @myFSU 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 Office of Student Affairs at (850) 770-2170 or email@example.com.
COMPLETE HEALTH HISTORY/IMMUNIZATION INFORMATION COMPLIANCE
As an incoming student, you are required to complete the Student Immunization Record and return them to the Office 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 Office 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Educational Benefits 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.