Transfer Orientation

Orientation is a fun and educational program that is critical to your success as a new Transfer 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
  • Meet with an Academic Advisor to understand the classes you should be taking
  • Register for your first semester of classes

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

Completing Orientation

Virtual Orientation

24 hours after you've paid your $200 tuition deposit or have had it waived, log into your my.fiu.edu account, 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 successfully complete your Virtual Orientation:

  • Any pop-up blockers within your Internet browser must be turned off in order to access the Virtual Orientation.
  • Let all videos play through on their own...if you try to skip ahead, it will not let you continue.
  • You can stop and restart where you left off by going back to the link in your MyFIU account.
  • Stay active within the Virtual Orientation to ensure that you don't time out of the system and lose your progress.
  • If you've followed these suggestions, but are still having technical difficulties, send an email with your name, Panther ID, a detailed description of the problem and any relevant screen shots to orient@fiu.edu for assistance.

Orientation Dates

Transfer Orientation dates are specific to your admitted major. Confirm the degree program you're admitted to prior to signing up for your Transfer Orientation. You can find this information by logging into your MyFIU account, clicking on Academic Advising and then Degree Audit. If it is not the major that you intend to pursue at FIU, it is critical that you complete the Undergraduate Application Update Form.

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

Spring 2023 (Classes Start January 9)

  • The available dates for your orientation are listed in your My.FIU.edu account after you complete your virtual orientation. There will be multiple dates in November and December. 

Sign-Up

Choose between an on-campus session at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus or the Biscayne Bay Campus.  We understand that you may be out of the South Florida area and might need a remote option. There are remote one-day options as well. As a reminder, Transfer Orientation dates are specific to your admitted major.

Sign up using your my.fiu.edu account and click on the Orientation Tile.

Request Accommodations

Individuals with disabilities may request accommodations. You must make the request no less than five (5) business days in advance by emailing orient@fiu.edu.

Transfer Orientation Information

We can’t wait to see you at Transfer Orientation! As a friendly reminder, please make sure you review the information below to help you prepare for your Orientation Day. It is important for you to review the check-in process, parking information, and items to bring. Remember, Transfer Orientation is for students only. The program will start at 8 am and end by 3 pm (both in-person and remotely).

Orientation Check-In

  • Students: Your check-in location and time begins at 8:00 a.m. in the Graham Center (GC) Ballrooms.

Parking

  • Enter campus from the main entrance off SW 107th Avenue via SW 16th Street. 
  • Parking is provided free of charge at any garage on campus; however, we encourage you to park in Blue or Gold Garage to be within close walking distance, inany blue or unmarked parking spot. Please register your car for your orientation session via this Orientation Parking Link before coming to campus. 
  • Once you exit the garage, follow the PAW prints and signs to the Student Academic Success Center. 
  • Please see/print our campus map or use the FIU Mobile app, which has interactive maps to help you locate the Blue Garage (PG2) and Graham Center. 

Items to Bring

  • Computer, Charger, and Headphones – Bring a charged tablet or laptop if you have one for note taking/class registration. If you don’t have one, we will have a computer lab available for use for advising and class registration. 
  • Panther ID Number – The sooner you memorize it, the better! 
  • FIU.EDU Password – You cannot register for classes without it. 
  • Documentation to resolve registration holds – If you still have holds on your Orientation Day, such as health (immunization, proof of insurance, etc.) or residency (proof of Florida residency, etc.), make sure you have these items available and readily accessible electronically or physically with you. 
  • Driver’s License or other government-issued photo ID – to get your FIU One Card. 
  • A light sweater or jacket – the rooms inside can be chilly. 
  • A water bottle to stay hydrated - we have water fountains on campus!
  • Cash/credit card – for anything you may want to purchase while on campus. 
  • Positive attitude – always a must-have! 
  • Special Initiative – you are invited to support your fellow Panthers in need by donating items to our on-campus Student Food Pantry. We collect these during check-in. Please see below for suggested donations: 
    • Grains (pasta, rice, etc.)
    • Jarred pasta sauces 
    • Boxed pasta (i.e., macaroni & cheese) 
    • Non-perishable fruit 
    • Non-perishable protein 
    • All types of cereal 

Pre-Orientation Checklist

  • 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 meet with an Academic Advisor at orientation.
    • Immunizations Hold.
      • 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 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.

     

  • Student ID (One Card)

    Upload your photo and government-issued ID to the FIU One Card Office. Make sure you follow all directions and your photo meets all required criteria*. Uploading your picture is required to obtain your FIU One Card when you arrive to campus. Call 305-348-2273 or e-mail onecard@fiu.edu with any questions.

    *Note: This process cannot be initiated until 2 weeks prior to your Orientation Day once you receive an email from the FIU One Card Office or once you have registered for classes.

  • FIU email account
    • 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.
  • Financial aid
    1. Complete your 22/23 FAFSA (for Spring and Summer 2023) at FAFSA.gov and include FIU School Code 009635.
    2. Visit your my.fiu.edu to check your Tasks tile for any pending Financial Aid items.
    3. If you have been 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 OneStop.
  • International students (on J1/F1 Visas)
    1. You are required to have health insurance. An Insurance Hold will be 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 9am - 5pm, Monday through Friday.
      • Processing time to 24-48 business hours.
    2. Ensure that you’ve completed the Declaration Certification of Finances Form to register for your classes. For assistance email iadmiss@fiu.edu or contact them via WhatsApp at +1-786-702-0031.
    3. You are required to attend an International Student Services Session conducted by the Office of International Student and Scholar Services(ISSS).
      • This is separate from First-Year Orientation.
      • You can find more details on the ISSS website.
      • If you have questions, email isss@fiu.edu or access the ISSS Virtual Office Monday to Friday from 10:00am to 12:00pm and 3:00pm to 4:00pm.
  • Arrange for Housing

    There are several properties that cater to the needs of transfer students:

  • Orientation Payment

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

Orientation Resource Guide

Download your Orientation Resource Guide, which contains information about university resources, services, and support systems.

2022-2023 Resource Guide