First-Year Orientation

Orientation is a fun and educational program critical to your success as a new first-year student. You can expect to:

  • Learn about academic policies and requirements.
  • Get familiar with campus buildings/landmarks.
  • Hear about resources and involvement opportunities.
  • Make connections with other new students.
  • Receive information on academics and get prepared for your advising and class registration day.
  • Learn about how to register for your first semester of classes! 

Orientation is mandatory for all undergraduate first year students, so be sure to take the steps below as soon as you can!

Parents and Family Members – please click HERE to learn more about the Parent and Family Orientation experience.

Welcome Sign in front of GL
Peer Advisors
Students inside GC

Congratulations on your acceptance! Attend First-Year Orientation!

First-Year Orientation Dates

Note: Registration for Orientation is first-come, first-served and sessions will close once they've reached their maximum capacity. 

Early Fall 2024 Admitted Students (Classes start June 17)

The available dates for your orientation are now listed in your My.FIU.edu account after you complete your virtual orientation. There are multiple dates starting in mid-May until the week before classes begin. 

Fall 2024 Admitted Students (Classes start August 26)

The available dates for your orientation are now listed in your My.FIU.edu account after you complete your virtual orientation. There are multiple dates starting in end of June until the week before classes begin. 

Spring 2025 Admitted Students (Classes start January 6)

The available dates for your Orientation are still pending. Details and dates for your term will be available for sign up in September 2024 on your my.fiu.edu portal. There will be dates for first-year students starting in November until the week before classes begin.

Completing Orientation

24 hours after you've paid your $200 tuition deposit or have had it waived, log into your my.fiu.edu account, and click the Orientation tile. Here you will see more information and be connected to the portal to begin your Virtual Orientation. Upon completion, you will be charged $35.

Follow these suggestions to complete your Virtual Orientation:

  • Disable any pop-up blockers temporarily on your internet browser to access the Virtual Orientation
  • Let all of the videos play through on their own. Skipping ahead will prevent you from progressing forward in the module.
  • You may stop if necessary and continue where you left off by going back to the link in your MyFIU account
  • Stay active within the Virtual Orientation to ensure that you do not time out of the system and lose your progress
  • If you followed these instructions and still have technical difficulties, then send an email with your name, Panther ID, a detailed description of the problem, and any relevant screenshot's to orient@fiu.edu for assistance.
Students walking in GC
Students in front of Welcome to FIU sign
Excited Roary inside GC Pit

Pre-Orientation Checklist

Get prepared before attending Orientation. Follow the steps below to ensure a smooth transition to FIU!

  • Resolve holds

    Check your “Tasks” tile in MyFIU for any of the holds. Holds must be resolved before attending orientation.

    • The Orientation Hold will be removed once you fully attend and complete our program.
    • Note: Advising and class registration information will be shared at a later date via FIU email. Your Academic Advisor will remove the First Time Student Hold at your Zoom Advising and Registration appointment. After your advising session and once all holds are resolved, you will be able to enroll for your first semester of classes. 
    • Immunizations Hold for health compliance records.
      • Review FIU’s immunization requirements, and submit all necessary documents/waivers to immune@fiu.edu. Processing time is 24-48 business hours.
      • Did you grow up or attend school in the state of Florida? You have records on file with the Florida Department of Health Immunization Registry, also known as Florida SHOTS. If you would like FIU to search for your records in the registry, please complete this consent form.
      • If you need assistance with Immunization holds, contact Health Compliance via email at immune@fiu.edu.
      • Previous schools may not transfer this information.
    • Admissions Hold for undetermined residency.
      • If you have an Admissions/Residency hold, additional details about requirements can be found on the OneStop Enrollment Services website.
      • Using Web Upload through your MyFIU is the preferred method to submit your initial residency documents. To do so:
        1. Follow instructions to Submit Forms Online
        2. Choose a department: Admissions
        3. Choose form name: Residency Docs Florida (Initial)
        4. Upload your documents and save
      • For questions or additional assistance with residency, please email admresidency@fiu.edu.
  • Financial Aid
    1. Complete your 23/24 FAFSA (Early Fall/Summer B 2024) and your 24/25 FASFA (Fall 2024, Spring 2025) at FAFSA.gov and include FIU School Code 009635.
    2. Visit my.fiu.edu and check your Tasks tile for any pending Financial Aid items.
    3. If you were selected for verification, click on the Federal Verification Link; all verification documents must be submitted via ProVerify.
    4. Your financial aid will not be processed until verification is completed.
    5. For questions or additional assistance with Financial Aid, contact 305-348-7272. 
  • Mandatory – Upload photo for FIU OneCard

    You are required to upload your photo and government-issued ID to the FIU One Card Office prior to your Orientation date. You will be allowed to upload your photo closer to your orientation date and will receive a communication directly from One Card. Make sure you follow all directions, and that your photo meets all required criteria. Your FIU One Card will be distributed at Orientation. Visit our website onecard.fiu.edu or email onecard@fiu.edu with any questions.

  • Mandatory - Sign up for your Advising and Class Registration Day! (TBA)

    Academic Advising and class registration will not be completed at First-Year Orientation. Advising and class registration information will be shared at a later date via FIU email. Your academic advisor will remove the University Core Curriculum (UUC) registration hold so that you can then register for your classes.

    Should you have any questions about academic advising and class registration, email fiuadvising@fiu.edu

  • Access your FIU Student E-Mail
    • All fully-admitted students at FIU have access to their own personal FIU email account through Microsoft 365.
    • To log in to your email, visit mail.fiu.edu and type in your FIU username (the first part of your FIU email account, ex. rpant065) and password, which is the same as your MyFIU password.
    • Please log into your e-mail prior to attending Orientation to ensure you have access! If you cannot access your FIU student e-mail or are having issues logging in, contact our Division of IT at (305) 348-2284.
  • International students (on F1/J1 Visas)
    1. You are required to have health insurance. An Insurance Hold is placed on your account until proof of insurance is shown.
      • More information about health insurance requirements can be found on the Health Compliance website.
      • If you need assistance with an Insurance Hold, contact Health Compliance via email at insure@fiu.edu, phone (305) 348-2688 or fax (305) 348-3336 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (ET), Monday through Friday.
      • Processing time to 24-48 business hours.
    2. Complete the Declaration Certification of Finances Form to register for your classes. For assistance, email iadmiss@fiu.edu.
    3. You are required to attend an International Student Services Session conducted by the Office of International Student and Scholar Services(ISSS).
  • Apply for Housing

    On-campus housing fills up quickly, so apply early! Visit the Housing & Residential Experience website and sign a housing agreement today!

  • Sign Up for Panther Camp!

    Panther Camp provides incoming FIU students with the opportunity to transition to FIU in an exciting and engaging way! Meet new students, create lasting memories, and get ready to embark on a new journey at FIU. Sign up today!

  • Orientation payment

    All outstanding orientation charges must be paid in full before attending your scheduled session.