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New Student Orientation

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.

International Students
August 15

First-year Students
August 17

Transfer Students
August 18


Don’t Forget

Orientation Leaders

Meet the leaders who will be there to guide you every step of the way.

Coming Soon

2019 Orientation Schedule

Choose the schedule which applies to you.

Saturday, August 17

Time Event Location
7:30 to 11:30 AM Residential Student Check-In
Students should report to their assigned check-in location.
Check-In Locations
8:00 AM to 6:00 PM Parent Lounge
Your go-to-spot to take a breath and relax throughout the day while your student is getting settled.
Roux Library
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Ultimate Frisbee and Swimming
After you’ve moved in, join in on a game of Ultimate Frisbee or cool off at the pool!
Mr. George’s Green and Pool
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Welcome Bookstore Event
Stop by the bookstore for refreshments and music. Load up on your MOC swag and receive information about your textbooks.
Bookstore
11:00 AM to 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 $11.00.
Wynee’s Bistro
12:00 to 1:00 PM Commuter Student Check-In Christoverson Building
1:00 to 2:00 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 to 3:30 PM President's Welcome
President Dr. Anne Kerr welcomes parents to campus as she shares why Florida Southern College continues to be “On the Move!” She’ll be joined by other campus leadership providing a welcome to the academic community.
Branscomb Auditorium
2:00 to 3:30 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
2:00 to 3:30 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 to 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
3:30 to 4:00 PM President Reception
Enjoy refreshments as you get to know each other.
Honeyman Pavilion
4:30 to 5:30 PM Honors Program Student Orientation
This is a mandatory session for all new students selected to participate in the Honors Program.
Hollis Room, Buckner Building
5:00 to 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 $15.00.
Wynee’s Bistro
5:00 to 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
6:00 to 7:30 PM Dessert Time
The friendly Roux Library staff welcomes you to stop by the Roux Library and enjoy refreshments, prizes, and giveaways in what will be one of your favorite study spaces on campus.
Roux Library
7:45 to 8:45 PM Orientation Small Group
Spend some time getting to know your fellow group members.
Mr. George’s Green
9:00 to 11:00 PM Moc Pride and FREE DAPS
Your Orientation Leaders welcome you to the FSC family!!! Immediately following, enjoy FREE DAPS, an Orlando based rap collective specializing in freestyle rap music and comedy!! Get ready for music and laughter!!
Branscomb Auditorium
11:00 PM TuTu’s and Video Games
Enjoy coffee and snacks while listening to live music or play in the video game truck!
TuTu’s and Snake Pit

Sunday, August 18

Time Event Location
7:30 to 8:30 AM Breakfast
Guest price is $9.00. Students eat free at Wynee’s Bistro with their FSC ID.
Wynee’s Bistro
9:00 to 10:00 AM Mass
A traditional Catholic service is offered for our students and families.
Branscomb 202
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Parent Lounge
The Parent Lounge is open for those times when you need to have a space to relax.
Roux Library
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Explore the Lake and Wellness Center
Discover FSC’s beautiful setting and take advantage of activities at the Moc Dock by enjoying running, biking, paddle boarding, or kayaking. The Hollis Wellness Center will be open for students and families for exercising or tours of the facilities.
Waterfront/ Hollis Wellness Center
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM Southern Brunch
Join your family for a delicious Southern brunch at Wynee’s Bistro. Take a family photo or photo with your new FSC friends!! Students eat free at Wynee’s Bistro with their FSC ID. Guest price is $14.00.
Wynee’s Bistro
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Chapel
Join Chaplain Tim Wright and our student praise band for a non-denominational service.
Annie Pfeiffer Chapel
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Transfer Students:
Commuter Student Check-In
Rogers Building
1:15 PM Student Processional (Students Only) Groups 1-37: Annie Pfeiffer
Groups 38-74: Polk Science
1:30 to 2:30 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
2:45 PM Class Picture
Take part in the traditional 2019 FSC picture.
Mr. George’s Green
3:00 to 3:15 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 27th-29th!
Mr. George’s Green
3:15 to 4:45 PM Academic Department Meetings
Students have the opportunity to get acquainted with the faculty in their academic department and explore their major.
Begin at Jenkins Field House
5:30 to 8:00 PM Orientation Small Groups
5:30-6:15 PM- Groups 1-25
6:25-7:10 PM- Groups 26-50
7:20-8:00 PM- Groups 51-75

Dinner
5:30-6:15 PM- Groups 26-50
6:25-7:10 PM- Groups 51-75
7:20-8:00 PM- Groups 1-25

Cornerstone Event
5:30-6:15 PM- Groups 51-75
6:25-7:10 PM- Groups 1-25
7:20-8:00 PM- Groups 26-50
 
Small Group Location




Wynee’s Bistro




Annie Pfeiffer
8:00 to 10:00 PM Mocs Live!
Enjoy “A Taste of FSC” while listening to live karaoke! Watch your fellow students as they star as the lead singer…or even sing yourself! There will be something fun for every student!
Jenkins Field House
8:00 to 11:00 PM Movie Night
Enjoy a bag of popcorn and “The Avengers: End Game” at the Fannin Center!
Fannin Center

Monday, August 19

Time Event Location
7:30 to 9:00 AM Breakfast Wynee’s Bistro
8:00 AM to 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 Rinker Technology. Please remember that your class schedule is not official until you have completed this process. You can find your advisor and advising location on your Orientation nametag.
Various Campus Locations
9:00 to 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 to 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 (Located in Joseph Reynolds Hall)
9:00 to 10:00 AM Learning Community Breakfasts Various Campus Locations
10:00 to 11:00 AM Career Services at FSC
Specialized career resources are available to help you achieve your ultimate career goals or graduate school. Come meet the team from the Career Center, Health Professions & STEM Career Development Center, and the Career & Internship Coordinator of the Barnett School of Business!
President's Dining Room, 2nd Floor Thrift
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM Class Schedule Tours
Excited about finding your classes on the first day? Let the FSC Orientation Leaders give you a tour of your classroom locations!
Hollis Wellness Center
11:00 AM to 5:00 PM Shuttle to Shop
No car? No worries! FSC shuttles will take students to local shopping locations for any last minute necessities. This service is offered year-round at FSC. Shuttles will depart every thirty minutes from Circle Drive.
Circle Drive (Bookstore)
12:00 to 2:00 PM Lunch Wynee’s Bistro
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Career Services at FSC
Specialized career resources are available to help you achieve your ultimate career goals or graduate school. Come meet the team from the Career Center, Health Professions & STEM Career Development Center, and the Career & Internship Coordinator of the Barnett School of Business!
President's Dining Room, 2nd Floor Thrift
12:30 PM to 3:30 PM Mocs Splash and Play
Come cool off at the pool, catch some rays, sign up to participate in intramurals, and enjoy a refreshing Italian ice as you prepare for the start of the semester. See the amazing things Wellness has to offer at FSC! The Moc Dock will be open for kayaking and paddle boarding, fitness classes, open basketball play, intramural sign ups, wellness tours! Also, head over to the Rogers Building for an E-Sports Open House and sign up for the gaming tournament!
Hollis Wellness Center and Rogers Building
4:00 to 5:00 PM Gaming Tournament
 
Rogers Building
4:45 to 5:45 PM Music Ensemble Interest Session- Non-Music Majors
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 to 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 to 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
8:00 to 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

Sunday, August 18

Time Event Location
9:00 to 10:00 AM Transfer Students:
Residential Student Check-In
Ordway Esplanades
9:00 AM to 10:00 PM Transfer Students: Residential Student Check Ordway Esplanades 
9:00 to 10:00 AM Mass
A traditional Catholic service is offered for our students and families.
Branscomb 202
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Explore the Lake and Wellness Center
Discover FSC’s beautiful setting and take advantage of activities at the Moc Dock by enjoying running, biking, paddle boarding, or kayaking. The Hollis Wellness Center will be open for students and families for exercising or tours of the facilities.
Waterfront/ Hollis Wellness Center
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM Southern Brunch
Join your family for a delicious Southern brunch at Wynee’s Bistro. Students eat free at Wynee’s Bistro with their FSC ID. Guest price is $14.00. 
Wynee’s Bistro
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Chapel
Join Chaplain Tim Wright and our student praise band for a non-denominational service.
Annie Pfeiffer Chapel
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Transfer Students:
Commuter Student Check-In
Ordway Esplanades
1:15 PM Student Processional (Students Only) Groups 1-31: Annie Pfeiffer
Groups 32-66: Polk Science
1:30 to 2:30 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
2:45 PM Class Picture
Take part in the traditional 2017 FSC picture.
Mr. George’s Green
3:00 to 3:15 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
3:15 to 4:00 PM FSC Celebration!
A spirited event to celebrate this new journey at FSC! Students will also join their academic department groups.
Jenkins Field House
4:15 to 5:15 PM Academic Department Meetings
Students have the opportunity to get acquainted with the faculty in their academic department. A special session is also provided for students still exploring their options.
Various Campus Locations
5:45 to 7:45 PM Dinner and Orientation Small Group
Time for more fun and dinner combined!
Small Group Location
6:45 to 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 to 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 to 11:30 PM Mocs Live!
Enjoy several delicious sweets and treats 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 for every student!
Jenkins Field House
9:00 to 11:00 PM Movie Night
Enjoy a bag of popcorn and a recent blockbuster movie at the Fannin Center!
Fannin Center

Monday, August 19

Time Event Location
7:30 to 9:00 AM Breakfast Wynee’s Bistro
8:00 AM to 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. You can find your advisor and advising location on your Orientation nametag.
Various Campus Locations
9:00 to 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 to 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 (Located in Joseph Reynolds Hall)
9:00 to 10:00 AM Learning Community Breakfasts Various Campus Locations
9:00 to 10:00 AM Pre-Health Open House
Pre-health students are invited to the Pre-Health Open House where they can declare a pre-health track, meet with pre-health advisors, and learn about the on-campus events and resources for students pursuing professional school programs in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant, pharmacy, podiatry, optometry, chiropractic, and athletic training.
Polk Science Breezeway (outside, between PS 111 and PS 125)
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM Mocs at Play!
Come see the amazing things Wellness has to offer at FSC! The brand new Moc Dock will be open for kayaking and paddle boarding, free smoothies and food, yoga class on the Pool Deck, open basketball play, intramural sign ups, wellness tours, a video game contest hosted by ACE, and more! There will be something every student can enjoy!
Hollis Wellness Center and Rogers Building
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM Class Schedule Tours
Excited about finding your classes on the first day? Let the FSC Orientation Leaders give you a tour of your classroom locations!
Hollis Wellness Center
11:00 AM to 5:00 PM Shuttle to Shop
No car? No worries! FSC shuttles will take students to local shopping locations for any last minute necessities. This service is offered year-round at FSC. Shuttles will depart every thirty minutes from Circle Drive.
Circle Drive (Bookstore)
12:00 to 2:00 PM Lunch Wynee’s Bistro
2:00 to 3:00 PM Pre-Health Open House
Pre-health students are invited to the Pre-Health Open House where they can declare a pre-health track, meet with pre-health advisors, and learn about the on-campus events and resources for students pursuing professional school programs in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant, pharmacy, podiatry, optometry, chiropractic, and athletic training.
Polk Science Breezeway (outside, between PS 111 and PS 125)
2:00 to 4:30 PM Mocs Splash and Play
Come cool off at the pool, catch some rays, sign up to participate in intramurals, and enjoy a refreshing Italian ice as you prepare for the start of the semester. See the amazing things Wellness has to offer at FSC! The Moc Dock will be open for kayaking and paddle boarding, fitness classes, open basketball play, intramural sign ups, wellness tours! Also, head over to the Rogers Building for an E-Sports Open House and sign up for the gaming tournament!
Hollis Wellness Center and Rogers Building
3:00 to 5:00 PM Gaming Tournament Rogers Building
4:45 to 5:45 PM Music Ensemble Interest Session- Non-Music Majors
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 to 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 to 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 to 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 Locations
8:00 to 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

Thursday, August 16

 
Time Event Location
3:00 PM Airport Shuttle from TPA - all students arrive at TPA before 3:00 PM Admissions
4:00 to 6:00 PM Check In - Community Living
All students arriving with parents will check in at this time as well. 
Snake Pit (Carlisle Rogers Building)
6:00 PM Dinner Wynee’s Bistro Wynee's Bistro
7:00 PM Reception
Bring I20, VISA, Passport
Simmons
Center

Friday, August 17

Time Event Location
9:00 AM Breakfast Wynee’s Bistro
10:00 AM Extended Campus Tour Admissions
12:00 PM Lunch Wynee’s Bistro
1:00 to 5:00 PM Orientation Sessions
Covers: welcome, dining options, healthcare and insurance in the U.S., being safe around campus, academic life, living in community, Title IX, successful transition to FSC
Wynee’s Moc Theatre, Christoverson Humanities Building
6:00 PM Dinner Pizza Party Simmons Center

Saturday, August 18

Join the rest of our new students in Orientation 2018

Questions?

Have questions about Orientation? Just let us know.