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.

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 four-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.

First-year residential and commuter students should plan to:

  • Check-in on Saturday, August 22
  • Participate in Orientation Sunday, August 23 through Tuesday, August 25
  • Classes will start Wednesday, August 26

Transfer Students

Orientation will begin on Sunday, August 23 and run through Tuesday, August 25.

 

2015 First-year Orientation Schedule

Saturday, August 22

 Download Schedule
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 Volleyball/Ultimate Frisbee/Swimming After you’ve moved in, join in on a pickup game of sand volleyball, ultimate frisbee, or cool off at the pool! Sand Volleyball Courts, MGG, and Pool
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 $8.75. 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
1:00-3:45 PM Parent Reception and the FSC Experience Meet and mingle with other families joining the Florida Southern community, learn about the resources available on campus, and discover ways your student can get involved. Christoverson Lobby
2:00-3:00 PM Commuter Student Social Spend time getting to know your fellow commuter students while enjoying several delicious sweets and treats. TuTu’s
2:30-4:00 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
3:00-3:45 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
4:00-5:00 PM President’s Welcome (Parents and Guests) Join President Anne Kerr as she shares why Florida Southern College is “On the Move.” Branscomb Auditorium
5:00-7:00 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 $12.50. Wynee’s Bistro
5:30-6:30 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
5:30-6:30 PM Campus Ministries and All Faith Based Organizations Stop by the Fannin Center to discover and explore opportunities to practice your faith on campus. Fannin Center
7:00-8:00 PM Orientation Small Group Spend some time getting to know your fellow group members. Mr. George’s Green
8:00-11:00 PM Moc Pride!/Freestyle Funny Comedy Show Put some pep in your step and some Moc in your walk as you meet the 2015 Orientation Leaders! Afterwards, enjoy a stand-up comedy and improv show from #FFCS, one of the nation’s fastest rising comedy troupes. Branscomb Auditorium

Sunday, August 23

Time Event Location
7:30-8:30 AM Breakfast Guest price is $6.75. Wynee’s Bistro
9:30-10:30 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
10:30-1:00 PM Southern Brunch Join your family for a delicious Southern brunch in the beautiful Badcock Garden. Guest price is $12.00 plus tax. Badcock Garden
11:00-12:00 PM Chapel Join Chaplain Tim Wright and our student praise band for a non-denominational service. Annie Pfeiffer Chapel
1:15 PM Student Processional (Students Only) Groups 1-20: Annie Pfeiffer Groups 21-39: Polk Science
1:30-2:30 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
2:45-3:00 PM Class Picture Take part in the traditional 2016 FSC picture. Mr. George’s Green
3:00-3:15 PM Family Good-Bye Sadly, this is the time for parents and families to say goodbye! We look forward to seeing you back on campus during Family Weekend in October. Mr. George’s Green
3:30-4:30 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
5:00-6:30 PM Dinner and Orientation Small Group Time for more fun and dinner combined! Small Group Location
7:00-8:00 PM Get To Know Your Hall Spend time in your residence hall getting to know your roommates and hallmates by participating in fun and exciting events planned by your RA. Residence Halls
8:30-10:30 PM TuTu’s Live/Movie Marathon Enjoy an entertaining concert in TuTu’s while enjoying several delicious sweets and treats. Or venture over to Roger’s Student Center Lounge and enjoy a movie marathon. TuTu’s/Rogers Auditorium

Monday, August 24  

Time Event Location
7:30-8:30 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.  
9:00-10:00 AM Donut Day Enjoy a delicious morning treat on your way to your academic advising appointment. Mr. George’s Green
10:00-11:30 AM Campus Rotations Just Ask, Wellness and Intramurals Various Campus Locations
12:00-2:00 PM Lunch Wynee’s Bistro
2:00-3:30 PM Campus Rotations Just Ask, Wellness and Intramurals Various Campus Locationse
3:30-4:30 PM Sundae Social Enjoy an ice cream sundae break! Fannin Center
5:45-7:45 PM Dinner and Orientation Small Group Time for more fun and dinner combined! Small Group Location
8:00-10:00 PM Glow Ball and Gaming on the Green Dodgeball + Black Lights + Neon = AMAZING! X Box + X Box Kinect + Wii Games = AWESOME! Jenkins Field House

Tuesday, August 25  

Time Event Location
7:30-8:30 AM Breakfast Wynee’s Bistro
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 Locations
9:30-12:00 PM Choose Your Own Adventure Bookstore, Workout-Wellness Center, Shuttle to Shopping, ALEKS Information Session, Library Tours, Classroom Tours Various Campus Locations
12:00-1:30 PM Lunch Wynee’s Bistro
2:00-4:30 PM SplashFest Come cool off at the pool, catch some rays, 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
4:30-6:30 PM Dinner Wynee’s Bistro
6:45-7:45 PM Orientation Small Group Plan for your ongoing campus connections and learn about one of FSC’s signature events: Blast Off. Various Campus Locations
8:00-10:00 PM Blast Off Spend the evening connecting with various campus organizations and community volunteer groups. Jenkins Field House

2015 Transfer Orientation Schedule

Sunday, August 23

 Download Schedule
Time Event Location
9:00-10:00 AM Residential Student Check-In Check-In Location
10:30-1:00 PM Southern Brunch Join your family for a delicious southern brunch in the beautiful Badcock Garden. Guest price is $12.00 plus tax. Badcock Garden
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 Commuter Student Check-In Honeyman Pavilion
1:15 PM Student Processional (Students Only) Groups 1-20: Annie Pfeiffer Groups 21-39: Polk Science
1:30-2:30 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
2:45-3:00 PM Class Picture Take part in the traditional 2016 FSC picture. Mr. George’s Green
3:00-3:15 PM Family Good-Bye Sadly, this is the time for parents and families to say goodbye! We look forward to seeing you back on campus during Family Weekend in October. Mr. George’s Green
3:30-4:30 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
5:00-6:30 PM Transfer Dinner (Transfer Students Only) Spend time getting to know your fellow students and campus leaders while enjoying a delicious dinner. Thrift Alumni Room
7:00-8:00 PM 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
8:30-10:30 PM TuTu’s Live/Movie Marathon Enjoy an entertaining concert in TuTu’s while enjoying several delicious sweets and treats. Or venture over to Roger’s Student Center Lounge and enjoy a movie marathon. TuTu’s/Rogers Auditorium

Monday, August 24

Time Event Location
7:30-8:30 AM Breakfast Wynee’s Bistro
9:00-10:00 AM Resource Block Party (Transfer Students Only) Study Abroad, Disability Services, Student Involvement, Career Center, Financial Aid, Library, SSC Thrift Alumni Room
10:00-5:00 PM Student Advising See nametag for location and time
10:00-11:30 AM Campus Rotations Just Ask, Wellness and Intramurals Various Campus Locations
12:00-2:00 PM Lunch Wynee’s Bistro
2:00-3:30 PM Campus Rotations Just Ask, Wellness and Intramurals Various Campus Locations
3:30-4:30 PM Sundae Social Enjoy an ice cream sundae break! Fannin Center
5:00-5:45 PM Faculty Connections Reception (Transfer Students Only)Network with the FSC Faculty to learn more about your academic major, possible internship experiences, and more. Various Campus Locations
6:00-7:30 PM Dinner Wynee’s Bistro
8:00-10:00 PM Glow Ball and Gaming on the Green Dodgeball + Black Lights + Neon = AMAZING! Xbox + Xbox Kinect + Wii Games = AWESOME! Jenkins Field House

Tuesday, August 25  

Time Event Location
7:30-8:30 AM Breakfast Wynee’s Bistro
8:30-9:00 AM Orientation Small Group Various Campus Locations
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Career Center Connections (Transfer Students Only) Enjoy several tasty pastries while learning how the Career Center can help prepare you for your future outside of FSC. Career Center
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM Choose Your Own Adventure Swimming-Pool, Workout-Wellness Center, Shuttle to Shopping, ALEKS Information Session, Library Tours, Classroom Tours Various Campus Locations
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch Wynee’s Bistro
2:00 PM – 4:30 PM SplashFest Come cool off at the pool, catch some rays, and enjoy a refreshing Gelati Joe’s Italian ice as you prepare for the start of the semester. Hollis Wellness Center
4:45 PM – 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 PM – 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
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM Dinner Wynee’s Bistro
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Residence Hall Floor Meetings Meet your Resident Advisor at this meeting. Programming, community involvement, campus network connections, hall leadership opportunities, and building policies will be discussed. Residence Hall
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM Blast Off Spend the evening connecting with various campus organizations and community volunteer groups. Jenkins Field House

2015 International Orientation Schedule

Thursday, August 20

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Time Event Location
3:00 PM Airport Shuttle from Tampa International Airport (TPA) to Florida Southern College  
4:00-6:00 PM Check In Fannin Center
6:00 PM Welcome Dinner Eleanor Searle Drawing Room
7:00 PM Shuttle to Walmart or Movie and Popcorn Fannin Center

Friday, August 21

Time Event Location
9:00 AM Breakfast Wynee’s Bistro
10:00 AM Extended Campus Tour Admissions
12:00 PM Lunch Wynee’s Bistro
1:00-4:00 PM Orientation Sessions Wynee’s Moc Theatre, Christoverson Humanities Building
6:30 PM Dinner Pizza Party Simmons Center
7:00 PM Fun at the Simmons Center  

Saturday, August 22  

Time Event Location
9:00 AM Breakfast Wynee’s Bistro
10:00 AM-12:00 PM Sand Volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, Pool  
11:00 AM-1:30 PM Lunch 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 $8.75. Wynee’s Bistro
1:00-3:45 PM Parent Reception and the FSC Experience Meet and mingle with other families joining the Florida Southern community, learn about the resources available on campus, and discover ways your student can get involved. Christoverson Lobby
2:00-3:00 PM Commuter Student Social Spend time getting to know your fellow commuter students while enjoying several delicious sweets and treats. TuTu’s
2:30-4:00 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
3:00-3:45 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
4:00-5:00 PM President’s Welcome (Parents and Guests) Join President Anne Kerr as she shares why Florida Southern College is “On the Move.” Branscomb Auditorium
5:00-7:00 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 $12.50. Wynee’s Bistro
5:30-6:30 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
5:30-6:30 PM Campus Ministries and All Faith Based Organizations Stop by the Fannin Center to discover and explore opportunities to practice your faith on campus. Fannin Center
7:00-8:00 PM Orientation Small Group Spend some time getting to know your fellow group members. Mr. George’s Green
8:00-11:00 PM Moc Pride!/Freestyle Funny Comedy Show Put some pep in your step and some Moc in your walk as you meet the 2015 Orientation Leaders! Afterwards, enjoy a stand-up comedy and improv show from #FFCS, one of the nation’s fastest rising comedy troupes. Branscomb Auditorium

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