Freshman Students

Welcome to the Panther Family! Once you have received your acceptance letter and have paid your $200 Tuition Deposit, or have had it waived, 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

If you are admitted to a fully-online degree program, please complete your Virtual Orientation, which is accessible through your My.FIU account, and then make an appointment with your Academic Advisor via your Student Dashboard.

2018-2019 Orientation Dates by Admission Term

  • Spring 2019 (Classes Start January 7th)

    We offer Freshman Orientation for Fall 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 (there is no overnight option), and you must attend the day in full in order to satisfy your orientation requirement.

    For the most class options, you will want to sign up for the earliest session possible.

    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.

    Date Campus Notes
    Friday, November 16 MMC FULL
    Thursday, December 13 MMC
    Friday, December 14 BBC No Architecture, Music or Theater Majors
    Friday, January 4 MMC International and Out-of-Area Students Only (call to schedule)
  • Early Fall 2019 (Classes Start June 17)

    We offer Freshman Orientation for Fall 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 two-day program (with an overnight option at MMC), and you must attend both days in full in order to satisfy your orientation requirement.

    Dates for your term will be posted here and available for registration by mid-February. There will be multiple dates starting in mid-May until the week before classes begin. For the most class options, you will want to sign up for the earliest session possible.

    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.

  • Fall 2019 (Classes Start August 26)

    We offer Freshman Orientation for Fall 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 two-day program (with an overnight option at MMC), and you must attend both days in full in order to satisfy your orientation requirement.

    Dates for your term will be posted here and available for registration by mid-March. There will be multiple dates starting in mid-June until the week before classes begin. For the most class options, you will want to sign up for the earliest session possible.

    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.

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 & Family Orientation program. For more information, head to the Parent & Family Orientation section.
  3. Once you click submit, you are registered for an orientation. The appropriate non-refundable charge will post to your account, which will be paid automatically unless you had your Tuition Deposit waived. All outstanding 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 Rescheduling 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. Resolve Holds: Check the upper right-hand corner of your Student Center in My.FIU.edu 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 30-45 days before your orientation date. High Schools may not automatically send your records, so you need to be proactive to ensure that these holds are removed.
    • Another common hold is from Admissions for undetermined residency. Find more details on how to resolve it on the OneStop website.
  2. 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 International Student Services Session 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.
  3. Financial Aid: Visit your My.FIU.edu to check your To Do List for any pending Financial Aid items. Click through each item to learn how to complete and submit your documents online. Your financial aid will not be processed until verification is completed.
  4. Mobile Apps: Download the FIU Mobile app to enhance your orientation and campus experience through your mobile device. More details on how to use this will be provided at your orientation.
  5. Student Orgs: Set up your PantherConnect account by logging in with your Panther ID to get a jumpstart on connecting with our hundreds of student organizations, some of whom you'll meet at orientation!
  6. Orientation Fee Payment: If you have an outstanding Orientation Fee, please pay it before your scheduled session. The university payment system (via My.FIU.edu) works best with Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox.

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!
    • MY.FIU.EDU Password - You can't register for classes without it.
    • 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

    About two weeks before your scheduled session you'll recieve an e-mail from orient@fiu.edu with your orientation parking link for 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 Avenue 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 will be in the Graham Center Ballroom Lobby located on the east side of campus.

    Biscayne Bay Campus - Check in will be in Wolfe University Center Ballroom Lobby, on the second floor of the Wolfe University Center

    There will be staff to assist you to parking and the above locations. You can use our Campus Maps to locate any building or parking area ahead of time, or use the FIU Mobile App, which has interactive maps to guide you around campus.

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Contact

Orientation and Family Programs
MMC – Graham Center 189
BBC – Wolfe University Center 129

Phone 305-348-6414
SMS Text 305-783-3180
Email orient@fiu.edu
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Office Hours

Monday – Friday: 8 am – 5 pm