Freshman Students

Welcome to the Panther Family! Once you have received your acceptance letter and have paid your $200 tuition deposit, you will need to attend Freshman Orientation.

Orientation is a program of fun and learning that is critical to your success as a new student. You can expect to:

  • Get familiar with campus buildings/landmarks
  • Meet an FIU peer advisor and your fellow new students
  • Hear about university resources and involvement opportunities
  • Meet with an academic advisor multiple times
  • Register for your first semester of classes

Please note: If you have chosen a fully-online degree program, your orientation process is different.

2016-2017 Orientation Dates by Admission Term

  • Spring 2017 (Classes Start January 9th)

    We offer Freshman Orientation for spring at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus (MMC) and the Biscayne Bay Campus (BBC). You should attend orientation at the campus where you plan to take most of your classes during your first semester. It is a one-day program with no overnight component, so the program is from 8 am - 7 pm. Only schedule for a date that you can attend in full. Should you miss any portion of your orientation, you will need to reschedule for and attend another date in its entirety.

    The spring Freshman Orientation Fee is $50 ($35 Student Orientation Fee/$15 Resource Fee). There is no waiver available for orientation fees. Your orientation fee covers:

    • Meals
    • Printed resources
    • FIU T-shirt, bag, and other materials

    Please see all orientation dates for your admission term below. For the most class options, sign up for the earliest date available.

    Note: Registration for Orientation is first-come, first-served and sessions will close once they've reached their maximum capacity (FULL). Therefore, no walk-ins will be allowed. Do not book any travel plans until you are registered and confirmed for a specific session.

    November 29: MMC - All Majors
    December 15: BBC - No Architecture, Art, Music or Theater Majors 
    January 6: MMC - All Majors (Opens Dec. 1)
  • Fall 2017 (Classes Start August 21st)

    We offer Freshman Orientation at both the Modesto A. Maidique Campus (MMC) and Biscayne Bay Campus (BBC). You should attend orientation at the campus where you plan to take most of your classes during your first semester.

    Freshman Orientation at both campuses is a two-day program. Students attending at MMC are required to stay overnight on campus in our designated residence hall and the program runs from 8 am on day one until 4 pm on day two. There is no overnight option for students attending orientation at BBC or the last MMC session, so the program is from 8 am - 6 pm on day one and 8 am - 4 pm on day two. Only schedule for a date that you can attend in full. Should you miss any portion of your orientation, you will need to reschedule for and attend another date in its entirety.

    The Freshman Orientation Fee is $100 ($35 Student Orientation Fee/$65 Resource Fee) for the sessions at MMC and $70 ($35 Student Orientation Fee/$35 Resource Fee) for the sessions at BBC and the last MMC session. There is no waiver available for orientation fees. Your orientation fee covers:

    • One night in the residence hall (MMC only except last one)
    • Meals
    • Printed resources
    • FIU T-shirt, bag, and other materials


    Please see all orientation dates for your admission term below. For the most class options, sign up for the earliest date available.

    Note: Registration for Orientation is first-come, first-served and sessions will close once they've reached their maximum capacity (FULL). Therefore, no walk-ins will be allowed. Do not book any travel plans until you are registered and confirmed for a specific session.

    Dates for your term will be posted here by early January.

Orientation Sign-Up

Orientation sign-up, when open for your admission term, takes place by logging on to MY.FIU.EDU with your Panther ID number and password. First time users, please visit https://myaccounts.fiu.edu/ to setup your account and password information.

  1. After logging into MY.FIU.EDU, scroll to the bottom of the page to the Admissions section, and click the Undergraduate Orientation link.
  2. Complete the requested information to register for the session of your choice. Please note that at the time of your registration, you will be prompted to register any family members who are planning to attend our Parent Orientation program. For more information, head to the Parent Orientation section.
  3. Once you click submit, you are registered for an orientation, and the appropriate non-refundable charge will post to your account. All orientation fees must be paid in full prior to attending your scheduled session.

Special Notes

  • Need to switch sessions? Call us no later than three business days prior to your originally scheduled session to switch at no cost.
  • If you switch sessions less than three business days before or miss your scheduled orientation session, you will be charged a $35 change/no-show fee.

Pre-Orientation To-Dos

Make sure you take care of these important items ASAP so you can register for your classes at Orientation.

  1. If you haven't paid your Orientation Fee, please do so ASAP. The university payment system (via My.FIU) works best with Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox.
  2. All incoming freshmen students are required to take the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment no later than 72 hours prior to orientation, even if you've taken AP or other credit-worthy exams. The test is free of charge for the first attempt and you can find more details on the Math Department website.
  3. Check the upper right-hand corner of your Student Center in My.FIU for any Holds and resolve them before attending orientation or you will not be able to register for your classes.
    • The First-Time Student hold will be removed once you complete your Freshman Orientation.
    • The most common hold is Immunizations. Understand FIU's immunization requirements, and submit all necessary documents/waivers ASAP.
    • Another common hold is from Admissions for undetermined residency. Find more details on how to resolve it on the OneStop website.
  4. International Students Only (F-1 or J-1 Student Status Visas):
    • You are required to have health insurance and will have an Insurance Hold on your account until proof is shown. Get more information from Student Health Services.
    • You are also required to attend an Immigration Orientation conducted by the office of International and Student Scholar Services, which is separate from Freshman Orientation. You can find more details on the ISSS website.
  5. The valuable MyMajorMatch tool is an interest, skills, and values assessment that determines what careers and education would be best for you based upon your answers. Learn more about MyMajorMatch.
  6. Download the FIU Student Affairs and Scavify Apps to enhance your orientation expereince through your mobile device. More details on how to use these will be provided closer to the date of your orientation.

Orientation Session Details

  • What To Bring
    • Comfortable shoes - You'll be doing quite a bit of walking.
    • A light sweater or jacket - The rooms inside can be chilly.
    • Umbrella - Miami weather is unpredictable.
    • Panther ID Number - The sooner you memorize it, the better!
    • Driver's License or other government issues photo ID - To get your FIU ID.
    • Immunization Documentation - If you still have holds, make sure you have this with you.
    • Transcripts with other college credits/test scores/etc. - If applicable.
    • Positive attitude - Always a must have!
    • Special Initiative - You're invited to support your fellow Panthers in need by donating items to our on-campus Student Food Pantry. We will collect these during check-in. Please see below for suggested donations:
      • Grains (pasta, rice, etc.)
      • Jarred pasta sauces
      • Boxed pasta (i.e. macaroni and cheese)
      • Non-perishable fruit
      • Non-perishable protein
      • All types of cereal
  • Where To Park

    Sign up a vehicle for orientation parking using the link in your reminder e-mail from orient@fiu.edu to park in the locations listed below. You will need your license plate number to sign up.

    Modesto Maidique Campus - Enter campus from the main entrance off of SW 107th Street via SW 16th Street and park in the Blue Garage (PG2) from the 3rd floor and up.

    Biscayne Bay CampusEnter campus from the main entrance off of NE 151st Street via NE 145th Street and park in Lot 2, closest to Academic Center 2.

    Note: Park in unmarked and unmetered spaces only.

  • Where to Check In

    Modesto Maidique Campus - Check in begins at 8:00 am in the Graham Center Ballrooms, located at the north end of the Ernest R. Graham Center and the program begins at 8:30 am.

    Biscayne Bay Campus - Check in begins at 8:00 am in Panther Square, on the first floor of the Wolfe University Center, and the program begins at 8:00 am. 

    You can also use our Campus Maps to locate any building or parking area ahead of time.

Contact

Orientation and Parent Programs
MMC – GC 189
BBC – WUC 256

305-348-6414
Fax 305-348-6483

orient@fiu.edu

Office Hours

Monday – Friday: 8 am – 5 pm