New Graduate Student Orientation

The Graduate School will host New Graduate Student Orientation on Tuesday, August 19, 2014, in the New Classroom Building (HCB). Please contact The Graduate School at 644-3501 if you have any questions. Your academic department may also provide a departmental orientation. Check with your departmental representative for more information.

The day’s events will include a general orientation session led by Dean Nancy Marcus, a BBQ on the Union Green, and focused sessions on topics of interest, such as resources for graduate students and suggestions for funding your graduate education at FSU, and two panel discussions (one led by FSU award-winning faculty and the second led by FSU graduate students). Tours of the FSU Campus and Scholars Commons in Strozier Library will be offered in the morning and an Informational Fair with tables from campus/community offices and organizations will run from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM.  The Congress of Graduate Students (COGS) will also offer a tour of Tallahassee and picnic dinner at the end of the day to provide further opportunities to learn about the area and meet other graduate students.

To register, click HERE . Please note that you will NOT receive a confirmation email- be prepared to print the confirmation page at the end of the survey. The deadline for registration is August 10, 2014. 




The FSU Visitor Center will provide walking tours of the FSU Campus.  You may also choose to take a self-guided tour or arrange for one with the FSU Visitor Center on another date.  Please see: .

Tour times:

8:00-8:55 AM

9:00-9:55 AM 


FSU Librarians will provide tours of Scholars Commons, the graduate student study and research space in Strozier Library. You may also visit the University Libraries' table at the Informational Table Fair to learn more about library services.

Tour Times:

8:00 AM – 8:45 AM

8:30 AM – 9:15 AM

9:00 AM – 9:45 AM

9:30 AM – 10:15 AM

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM

10:30 AM – 11:15 AM

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM


This large group session (offered twice) is designed for all new graduate students and will be led by Dean Nancy Marcus.

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM


10:45 AM – 12:00 PM


Over 35 campus and community offices/organizations will be on-site to let you know about their services and provide you with opportunities to get involved.

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM


The Nuts & Bolts of FSU Student Systems: Waivers, Finances, Taxes, and Subsidy at FSU, HCB 102

Geared towards new to FSU students, this session will focus on information relating to assistantships, tuition waivers, the health insurance subsidy, your student bill and financial aid package.  This session will also outline quick links you can use to seek help with financial matters at FSU.

Funding Your Graduate Education at FSU, HCB 103

Is graduate school different from undergrad? Yes—not only in the coursework and expectations, but also the resources available to fund your education. Attend this session to learn about the various resources from loans and assistantships, to fellowships and the offices and services on campus that can potentially help you minimize your graduate loan debt. 

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

12:30 PM – 1:00

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM


A “BBQ Picnic on the Union Green” will be provided for new graduate students by FSU’s Seminole Dining. A valid FSU Card (student ID) is required.

11:30 PM – 1:15 PM



1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

GRADUATE STUDENT PANEL: What to expect & how to prepare, HCB 101

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM


To register, click HERE . Please note that you will NOT receive a confirmation email- be prepared to print the confirmation page at the end of the survey. The deadline for registration is August 10, 2014. 



The Congress of Graduate Students welcomes you to Florida State University and wants to show you around town. Meet new graduate students and learn more about:
- How to navigate Tallahassee
- The academic and social activities for graduate students at Florida State
- The work of COGS
- The history of Tallahassee and Florida State.
Tour stops will include an up-close and personal view of where to learn, work, play, and stay when in Tallahassee.
A picnic will follow the tour and will provide a great opportunity to meet new and returning graduate students.

Questions about the COGS Tour & Picnic should be directed to

Please register for this year’s COGS Tour of Tallahassee and Picnic by clicking here.



All sessions will take place in room 101 of the Classroom Building (HCB) in zone D6 on the campus map . Nearby parking is located in the Woodward Ave., Garage #1 and Traditions Way, Garage #2.

On the day of orientation you will be able to park in a student spot (marked with white lines) without a parking permit. However, you are encouraged to order your parking permit ahead of time. Please visit FSU Transportation Service’s website to order your parking permit online.

Due to the number of students participating in the New Graduate Student Orientation, it is recommended that you arrive early. Look for signs directing you to check-in for the General Orientation, which will begin at 8:40 AM for the 9:00 AM session and 10:55 AM for the 10:45 AM session.



You will need to have your FSUCard (the FSU student ID card) on the day of Orientation in order to receive lunch. A special Graduate Student FSUCard day is scheduled for Monday, August 18, 2014, from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. You will need your driver's license or other government issued ID (ex. passport or military id) to obtain your FSUCard. The FSUCard Center is located in the lower level of the Woodward parking garage off of Woodward Avenue next to the FSU Bookstore.