The Graduate School's New Graduate Student Orientation

The Graduate School hosted New Graduate Student Orientation on Tuesday, August 18, 2015, in the Ruby Diamond Auditorium, Westcott Building. Starting graduate school is often as exciting and unnerving as arriving to campus as a freshmen. Many times students are in a new environment and know very little about the university outside their program. Florida State University welcomes new graduate students with a full day orientation to introduce them to the multitude of campus resources with a panel discussion, a campus & community resource fair, tours of campus & the libraries, as well as scheduled times to speak with Financial Aid, the Registrar, and other pertinent student offices. Check out a video of the events during New Student Graduate Orientation below. A short 3 minute audio clip is available here .  

Overview: The day’s events included a general orientation session led by Dean Nancy Marcus, a faculty and graduate student panel discussion, lunch provided by Aramark, concurrent sessions on topics of interest for new graduate students, an Informational Fair with tables from campus/community offices and organizations, and a Help Desk for problem solving.  Tours of the FSU Campus and Scholars Commons in Strozier Library were offered in the afternoon.






The Congress of Graduate Students  hosted several events to welcome graduate students to Florida State University after orientation concluded.

COGS Bus Tour of Tallahassee

  • The COGS Bus Tour covered topics on how to navigate Tallahassee, academic and social activities for graduate students, and the history of Tallahassee and FSU. The tour stops included an up-close and personal view of where to learn, work, play, and stay in Tallahassee. 

Graduate Student Social at Madison Social (705 S Woodward Ave #101)

  • Madison Social was the destination for a casual, social gathering with free food and a cash bar! It was a great opportunity to meet new and returning graduate students.



On the day of orientation students parked in a student spot (marked with white lines) without a parking permit. However, each student was encouraged to order his/her parking permit ahead of time. Please visit FSU Transportation Service’s website  for more information on this. 



Each student needs his/her driver's license or other government issued ID (ex. passport or military id) to obtain an FSUCard. The FSUCard Center is located in the lower level of the Woodward parking garage off of Woodward Avenue next to the FSU Bookstore.