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2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin


New Student & Family Programs

Assistant Dean of Students/Director: Alison Hughes; Coordinator: Brandon Newell

Orientation is the first program that helps ease the transition to Florida State University and college life. During orientation, new students are given essential information about the University, including: the University's policies and procedures, community values and standards, and academic requirements and opportunities. Students also receive practical advice on where to buy textbooks, open checking accounts, how to get involved, or meet other students with similar interests.

Students participate in small groups led by currently enrolled students, who provide insight and guidance for their transition into the FSU community. Students also meet with an academic advisor, who assists them in the selection of their first semester of courses. After advising, students have the opportunity to register for courses at the end of orientation. Orientation is required. New students must attend an orientation session before they are able to register for courses.

Students may not register for their first semester of courses until they have completed an orientation session. New Student & Family Programs provides sessions preceding each academic term.

Orientation sessions include a concurrent session for family members. During these sessions family members learn about the University, its services and academic programs, and meet with administrators and faculty. Family members have the option to participate in Family Connection (, an association for the family members of current Florida State University students.

Students receive information and instructions about registering for orientation upon admission via e-mail. Pre-registration for orientation is required and participants must pay a nonrefundable fee. Orientation sessions are offered throughout the year, including sessions preceding each academic term. For more information about orientation or other programs, please visit or contact New Student & Family Programs via phone at (850) 644-2785 or email at

Persons with Disabilities. Any student in need of specific services and reasonable accommodations should contact the Student Disability Resource Center, 1st Floor, Student Services Building; (850) 644-9566;

Center for Global Engagement

Director: Cynthia Green; Associate Director: Kristen Hagen; Assistant Director: Leigh Ann Osborne

In addition to the University Orientation mentioned above (see 'New Student & Family Programs'), new international students are also required to complete an Online Immigration Session (OIS) and check in with the Center for Global Engagement (CGE). International students beginning study at FSU in the Fall semester are expected to participate in multiple sessions offered within a comprehensive orientation program. The CGE offers an abbreviated orientation for international students beginning study in the Spring semester or Summer.

Through the Online Immigration Session, students learn important information about maintaining their legal non-immigrant student visa status while obtaining their academic degree at FSU. Federal regulations make it essential that students know and understand their responsibilities under federal immigration law.

Through newsletters and orientation, international students receive information about Center for Global Engagement services and programs, and University and community resources. They receive information and guidance on various topics including housing, utilities, transportation, insurance, immunization and other health requirements, registration and fee payment, and more.

Note: Incoming students may register for classes only after presenting their immigration documents to the Center for Global Engagement staff, obtaining health insurance, clearing required immunizations at University Health Services, and completing the OIS.

To obtain more information on F1 and J1 student visa status and on the Center for Global Engagement and its services and programs, please visit or contact the Center for Global Engagement at 110 South Woodward Avenue; phone (850) 644-1702; fax (850) 644-9951; e-mail: