Welcome to Florida Southern!

We’re glad you’re joining the Florida Southern family, and we’re eager to introduce you to our beautiful campus and one-of-a-kind community.

Designed specifically for first-year students, New Student Orientation gives you a glimpse at the many academic and extracurricular opportunities waiting for you at Florida Southern. This required three-day program gives you the chance to …

  • Connect with other students and create new friends.
  • Discuss classes and majors with faculty members and academic advisors.
  • Complete your course selections and first-semester registration.
  • Learn about Florida Southern College’s academic expectations.
  • Discover more about our student services and resources.
  • Find out what it’s like to live and learn at Florida Southern.
  • Explore the most beautiful campus in the country.

Residential and commuter students should plan to:

  • Check-in on Saturday, August 20
  • Participate in Orientation Sunday, August 21 through Monday, August 22
  • Classes will start Tuesday, August 23

Orientation Office Hours for the Business Office and Financial Aid:

  • Saturday, August 20 - 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Sunday, August 21 - 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

If you have any questions

Please reach out to your orientation leader or e-mail orientation@flsouthern.edu or call 863.680.4900.

Meet your orientation leader  


2016 Orientation Schedules

Choose the schedule which applies to you.

Saturday, August 20

Time Event Location
7:30-11:30 AM Residential Student Check-In
Students should report to their assigned check-in location.
Check-In Locations
10:00-12:00 PM Sand Volleyball Courts, MGG, and Pool
After you’ve moved in, join in on a pickup game of sand volleyball, ultimate frisbee, or cool off at the pool!
Volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, Swimming
11:00-1:30 PM Lunch
Enjoy lunch with your family! We have several options on campus and in the surrounding area. Students eat free at Wynee’s Bistro with their FSC ID. Guest price is $10.00.
Wynee’s Bistro
12:00-1:00 PM Commuter Student Check-In Honeyman Pavilion
1:00-2:00 PM Commuter Student Success Tactics and Panel
Explore out-of-classroom facets of commuter life on campus. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet other commuters and learn how to navigate your way around campus.
Branscomb 202
1:00-3:30 PM Parent Reception and the FSC Experience
Parents will learn about the resources available on campus and how students can get involved by participating in rotations hosted by various campus leaders. Also, meet and mingle with other families joining the Florida Southern community!
Christoverson Lobby
2:00-3:00 PM Commuter Campus Tour
Take the opportunity to walk around FSC’s beautiful campus and learn where you can spend your time outside of the classroom.
TuTu’s
2:00-3:00 PM Residence Hall Floor Meeting
Meet your Resident Advisor at this meeting. Programming, community involvement, campus network connections, hall leadership opportunities, and building policies will be discussed.
Residence Hall
3:00-4:30 PM Commuter Extravaganza
Explore and enjoy the Rogers Student Lounge where you can play pool, ping pong, and more!
Snake Pit
(Rogers Building)
3:30-4:30 PM Get To Know Your Hall
Spend time in your residence hall getting to know your roommates and hall mates by participating in fun and exciting events planned by your RA.
Residence Hall
3:45-4:45 PM President’s Welcome (Parents and Guests)
Join President Anne Kerr as she shares why Florida Southern College continues to be
“On the Move.”
Branscomb Auditorium
5:00-7:30 PM Dinner
Enjoy a wonderful meal of prime rib, delicious spinach lasagna, fresh vegetables, and much more! Be sure to check your registration information for your dinner reservation time. Students eat free with their FSC ID. Guest price is $14.00.
Wynee’s Bistro
5:00-6:00 PM ROTC Open House
Take this opportunity to meet with the Commander and Military Science faculty. New students and their families will be able to meet with Cadets and tour the training facility.
Military Science
5:30-6:30 PM Dessert Time
The friendly Roux Library staff welcomes you to stop by TuTu’s and enjoy refreshments, prizes, and giveaways in what will be one of your favorite study spaces on campus.
TuTu’s
6:45-7:45 PM Orientation Small Group
Spend some time getting to know your fellow group members.
Mr. George’s Green
8:00-10:00 PM Moc Pride!/ Mission Improvable
Put some pep in your step and some Moc in your walk as you meet the 2016 Orientation Leaders! Afterwards, enjoy a comedy and improv show from Mission Improvable!
Branscomb Auditorium
10:00 PM It’s Sweet to be a Moc!
Follow the candy bar trail to the Snake Pit for live music until midnight or hang out with fellow new Mocs in Tutu’s (open until 3 AM)!
Snake Pit/Tutu’s

Sunday, August 21

Time Event Location
7:30-8:30 AM Breakfast
Guest price is $8.00.
Wynee’s Bistro
9:00-10:00 AM Transfer Students:
Residential Student Check-In
Ordway Esplanades
9:00-10:00 AM Mass
A traditional Catholic service is offered for our students and families.
Branscomb 202
10:00-12:00 PM Explore the Lake
Discover FSC’s beautiful setting and take advantage of activities on the waterfront by enjoying running, biking, or kayaking.
Waterfront
10:00-1:00 PM Southern Brunch
Join your family for a delicious Southern brunch at Wynee’s Bistro. Guest price is $14.00.
Wynee’s Bistro
11:00-12:00 PM Chapel
Join Chaplain Tim Wright and our student praise band for a non-denominational service.
Annie Pfeiffer Chapel
11:00-12:00 PM Transfer Students:
Commuter Student Check-In
Ordway Esplanades
1:15 PM Class Picture
Take part in the traditional 2016 FSC picture.
Mr. George’s Green
1:45 PM Student Processional (Students Only) Groups 1-31: Annie Pfeiffer
Groups 32-62: Polk Science
2:00-3:00 PM Convocation (Students, Families, and Guests)
Celebrate this FSC tradition as President Kerr and the faculty officially welcomes you to the academic community.
Branscomb Auditorium
3:15-3:45 PM Family Good-Bye
This is the time for parents and families to say good-bye. We look forward to seeing you back on campus during Family Weekend from September 30th-October 2nd!
Mr. George’s Green
3:45-4:15 PM FSC Celebration! 
A spirited event to celebrate this new journey at FSC! Students will also join their academic department groups.
Jenkins Field House
4:30-5:30 PM Academic Department Meetings
Students have the opportunity to get acquainted with the faculty in their academic department. A special session is also hosted for students still exploring their options.
Various Campus Locations
5:45-7:45 PM Dinner and Orientation Small Group
Time for more fun and dinner combined!
Small Group Location
5:30-6:30 PM Transfer Students:
Staff & Faculty Dinner
Spend time getting to know your fellow students, campus leaders, and faculty members while enjoying a delicious dinner.
Honeyman Pavilion
6:30-7:45 PM Transfer Students:
Orientation Small Group
Meet your Orientation Leader to learn more about the FSC Orientation schedule and discuss opportunities to get connected on campus.
Various Campus Locations
8:00-9:00 PM Community of Care
Learn how you can create a community of care on the FSC campus and beyond.
Branscomb Auditorium
9:00-11:30 PM Lakeland Live
Enjoy several delicious sweets and treats from local Lakeland vendors while listening to a live band! Watch your fellow students as they star as the lead singer…or even sing yourself! There will be something fun and engaging for every student!
Jenkins Field House
9:00-11:00 PM Movie Night
Come check out a recent blockbuster movie at the Fannin Center!
Fannin Center

Monday, August 22

Time Event Location
7:30-9:00 AM Breakfast Wynee’s Bistro
8:00-5:00 PM Student Advising
Spend time getting to know your advisor and discussing your fall schedule, followed by a brief introduction to the FSC Portal in our computer labs. Please remember that your class schedule is not official until you have completed this process.
Various Campus Locations
9:00-10:30 AM Campus Ministries Open House and Pancake Breakfast
Stop by the Fannin Center to discover and explore opportunities to practice your faith on campus while enjoying a breakfast cooked by the Chaplain’s Office.
Fannin Center
9:00-10:00 AM Honors Program Student Orientation
This is a mandatory session for all new students selected to participate in the Honors Program.
Eleanor Searle Drawing Room
9:00-10:00 AM Learning Community Breakfasts Various Campus Locations
11:00-2:00 PM Mocs Day Party!
Enjoy a food truck rally, free novelty items, music and more!
Rogers
Courtyard
11:00-4:00 PM Class Schedule Tours
Nervous about finding your classes on the first day? Come let the FSC Orientation Leaders give you a tour of your classroom locations!
Rogers
Courtyard
11:00-5:00 PM Shuttle to Shop
Don’t have a car? No worries! FSC shuttles will take students to local shopping locations for any last minute necessities.
Rogers
Courtyard
12:00-2:00 PM Lunch
Nervous about finding your classes on the first day? Come let the FSC Orientation Leaders give you a tour of your classroom locations!
Wynee’s Bistro
2:00-4:30 PM SplashFest
Come cool off at the pool, catch some rays, sign up to participate in intramurals, and enjoy a refreshing Gelati Joe’s Italian ice as you prepare for the start of the semester.
Hollis Wellness Center
4:45-5:45 PM Music Ensemble Interest Session
If you play an instrument or sing, check out the opportunity to join the chorus, orchestra, or jazz group for both fun and academic credit. Come by to talk with directors and discuss your options. For non-music majors.
Branscomb 202
4:45-5:45 PM Music Theory Testing
If you are planning to major in music you must take a required placement test. Please contact Ms. Paula Parsche’ for more information.
Branscomb 204
5:45-7:45 PM Dinner and Orientation Small Group
Time for more fun and dinner combined! Small groups will prepare for a spirited night at Glow Fest!
Small Group Location
5:45-6:45 PM Transfer Students:
Residence Hall Floor Meeting
Meet your Resident Advisor at this meeting. Programming, community involvement, campus network connections, hall leadership opportunities, and building policies will be discussed.
Residence Halls
6:45-7:45 PM Transfer Students:
Dinner and Orientation Small Group
Time for more fun and dinner combined! Small groups will prepare for a spirited night at Glow Fest!
>Small Group Location
8:00-10:00 PM Glow Fest:
Glow Ball, Gaming on the Green, and a Guaranteed Good-Time Movie!
Dodgeball + Black Lights + Neon = AMAZING!
X Box + X Box Kinect + Wii Games = AWESOME!
Movie in the Fannin Center + Festival Food = FUN!
Jenkins Field House & Fannin Center

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Questions? Contact:

Student Solutions
863.680.4900
studentsolutions@flsouthern.edu

Orientation Schedule

August 20 Move-in Day
August 20-22 Orientation and Registration
August 23 Classes Begin