Fall 2024 Freshman Orientation

The Student Orientation Program lasts 2 ½ days. Students must attend the entire session. Orientation is MANDATORY for all students. Please read through the information listed below carefully before registering for your orientation session.


Complete the Pre-Orientation Program prior to registering for your orientation session. You will need to use your iRattler username and password to log in.

Parent/Family Members are strongly encouraged to create a Guest Account to learn about the university resources and services available to your student.

Please read through the information listed below carefully before registering for your orientation session.

Online Orientation Registration Will Be Available On March 15th, 2024


Orientation Dates: The Student Orientation Program lasts 2 ½ days. Students must attend the entire session. Orientation is MANDATORY for all students. Online Orientation registration will be available on March 15th

  • Session I ~ June 12–14, 2024

    Online Registration closes on June 5th  

    • College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
    • School of Allied Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing
    • School of the Environment
    • Marching Band Participants

  • Session II ~ June 26–28, 2024

    • Online Registration closes on June 19th  

    • School of Architecture and Engineering Technology
    • FAMU/FSU College of Engineering
    • College of Science and Technology
    *The following majors are included: 
        ‣  Biology
        ‣  Chemistry
        ‣  Computer Information Sciences
        ‣  Mathematics
        ‣  Physics
        ‣  Pre-Dentistry
        ‣  Pre-Medicine

    • Fall Freshman Athletes Orientation

  • Session III ~ July 10–12, 2024

    • Online Registration closes on July 3rd  

    • School of Journalism & Graphic Communication
    • School of Business & Industry (Including Economics Majors)
    • College of Agriculture & Food Sciences

  • Session IV ~ July 17–19, 2024

    • Online Registration closes on July 10th  

    • College of Education
    • College of Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities*
    *The following majors are included: 
        ‣ African American Studies
        ‣ Criminal Justice
        ‣ English
        ‣ Fine Arts
        ‣ Music
        ‣ Political Science | History
        ‣ Psychology | Sociology
        ‣ Social Work
        ‣ Undecided Majors
        ‣ Visual Arts, Humanities & Theatre

  • Session V ~ July 24–26, 2024 

    • Online Registration closes on July 17th  

    • Open to all Colleges & Schools


What to Expect: Orientation is an exciting time. There is a lot to accomplish in a very short period of time. Think of it as a snapshot of what you’ll experience as a student. Below are a few helpful hints to make your orientation experience enjoyable.

  • Weather
  • Weather - think hot thoughts! Tallahassee in June, July & August is HOT, humid and often wet! Keep this in mind when packing for your trip.
  • Walking
  • Days & Nights - Early mornings and late evenings are all too common during orientation. Be prepared for a full day of events every day that you’re here. Orientation is serious business, but don’t worry, we’ll do our best to make sure you have fun too!
  • Walking
  • Terrain - Have you heard? FAMU sits on the highest of seven hills on over 400 acres. Be prepared for walking, walking and (you guessed it) more walking!
  • Walking
  • Disability Services - Orientation participants requiring accommodations for disabilities should contact the Center for Disability Access and Resources (CeDAR) at 850-599-3180 two weeks prior to your session.

Family Orientation Program
Parents/Guardians are encouraged to attend Orientation with their students; however, it is not mandatory. The Orientation Family Program will be held concurrently with the student program; however, the family program, which also lasts 2 ½ days, is separate from the student program. 

The Orientation Family Program includes a series of presentations designed to acquaint the family and/or relatives of an incoming student with the campus and its resources.

The sessions will provide an opportunity to familiarize parents/guardians with the services that are available to their student. It will also provide insight into the kinds of adjustments students and their families will face during their transition to college life.

Non-registered individuals will not be allowed to attend orientation sessions/events and cannot receive printed or published materials.


Orientation Fees

  • Mandatory Fee

    A one-time mandatory orientation fee of $35.00 is charged to every freshman and transfer student during the first semester of enrollment. This charge will appear on the student’s account after they have registered for classes and must be paid with tuition.

    Please DO NOT mail this payment or include it in the Housing/Admissions deposit. The mandatory orientation fee will automatically be withdrawn from the student's account during their first semester.

  • Additional Fees: (Upfront Cost- Paid through the VZorientation portal- NO MONEY ORDERS are accepted)

    Student Fee: $175.00 - Includes orientation meals and snacks, housing, bag, and materials. Payment must be received in full in order for your reservation to be complete. Registration must be completed prior to the Orientation registration deadline for each session.

    Family Member Fee: $100.00
    - Includes orientation meals, snacks, bag, and materials. No housing is included for family members.

Orientation Registration Instructions
Before attempting to complete Orientation registration, please have your 9-digit Student ID#.

Register for Orientation Now!

Once you have registered, you and your guest will immediately receive a confirmation email to the email address entered during your online registration. Your space is not reserved until you have paid in full. 

NOTE: Please be aware that our emails sometimes are placed in bulk, spam, or junk email boxes. Please check those as well.

Contact Us

Florida A&M University Efferson Student Union, Activities & New Student Orientation
1628 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Efferson Student Union
Tallahassee, Florida 32307
(850) 599-3869