Freshman On-Campus Orientation

We offer On-Campus Freshman Orientation 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. Dates for your Admission Term will be posted in the drop-downs below once they are available for sign up. 

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 signed up and confirmed for a specific session.

Dates by Admission Term

  • Fall 2019 (Classes Start August 26)
    All On-Campus Orientations for your admission term have passed. Contact Admissions to inquire about deferring your admission term to Spring 2020.
  • Spring 2020 (Classes Start January 6th)

    Your Freshman On-Campus Orientation is a one-day program (with no overnight option), and you must attend the day in full (8am-7pm) in order to satisfy your orientation requirement.

    Dates for your term will be posted here and available for registration by early-September. There will be multiple dates starting in November until the week before classes begin.

  • Early Fall 2020 (Classes Start June 22)

    Your Freshman On-Campus Orientation is a two-day program (with an overnight option at MMC except the last session), 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 early-February. There will be multiple dates starting in mid-May until the week before classes begin.

  • Fall 2020 (Classes Start August 24)

    Your Freshman On-Campus Orientation is a two-day program (with an overnight option at MMC except the last session), 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 early-March. There will be multiple dates starting in mid-June until the week before classes begin.

Orientation Sign-Up

Orientation sign-up, when open for your admission term and you've completed the Virtual Orientation, takes place by logging on to MY.FIU.EDU and following the activity guide in your Orientation tile. Note that you will be asked to add any family members who are planning to attend our Parent & Family Orientation program, which runs concurrently with your session. For details see Parent & Family Orientation.


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 for both you and any registered family members.

Pre-Orientation Check-List

  • Resolve Holds
    Check your Tasks tile 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.
  • Confirm 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.
  • International Students (on F1/J1 Visa)
    • 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.
    • Ensure that you've completed the Declaration Certification of Finances form so you are able to register for your classes. More information can be found on the International Admissions website.
    • 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.
  • Apply for Housing
    On-campus housing fills up quickly, so get your application in early. Get the info you need by visiting the Housing & Residential Life website!
  • Orientation Charge Payment
    All outstanding orientation charges must be paid in full prior to attending your scheduled session.

Orientation Session Details

  • What To Bring
    • Panther ID Number - The sooner you memorize it, the better!
    • MY.FIU.EDU Password - You can't register for classes without it.
    • Immunization Documentation - If you still have holds, make sure you have this with you.
    • Transcripts with other college credits/test scores/etc. - If applicable.
    • Driver's License or other government issues photo ID - To get your FIU ID.
    • Mobile Device - To give you the most flexibility for class planning and registration during your orientation, bring a charged tablet or laptop if you have one. If not, we will have a computer lab available for your use.
    • Comfortable clothes/shoes - You'll be quite active, so be comfortable.
    • A light sweater or jacket - The rooms inside can be chilly.
    • Umbrella - Miami weather is unpredictable.
    • Positive attitude - Always a must have!
    • Overnight necessities (MMC Only) - Twin sheets/blanket or sleeping bag, pillow, towels, toiletries, change of clothes, etc.
    • 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 receive 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 - If you are staying Overnight, check-in at 7:30am in Everglades Hall, off of SW 17th St. If you are not staying Overnight, check-in at 7:30am in the Graham Center Orientation Office, Room 189, on the south end of the building closest to the Blue Garage.

    Biscayne Bay Campus - Check in will be in Wolfe University Center Panther Square, on the first 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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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