The Graduate School's New Graduate Student Orientation

The Graduate School will host New Graduate Student Orientation on Tuesday, August 18, 2015, in the Ruby Diamond Auditorium, Westcott Building. Orientation Registration will open July 1, 2015. Please contact Dr. Judy Devine at 644-3501 or  if you have any questions. Your academic department may also provide a departmental orientation. Check with your departmental representative for more information.

Overview: The day’s events will include 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 will be offered in the afternoon. Details about New Graduate Student Orientation will be posted soon.

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The Congress of Graduate Students will host several events welcoming graduate students to Florida State University after orientation concludes.

COGS Bus Tour of Tallahassee

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  • Meet at the Integration Statue at 3 PM.
  • Topics on the tour will cover how to navigate Tallahassee, academic and social activities for graduate students, and the history of Tallahassee and FSU.
  • Tour stops include an up-close and personal view of where to learn, work, play, and stay in Tallahassee.
  • The Tour will end at Madison Social to join fellow graduate students for a fun social event!

Graduate Student Social at Madison Social, 3-5:30 PM (705 S Woodward Ave #101)

  • A casual social gathering with free food and a cash bar! This is a great opportunity to meet new and returning graduate students. Come and go as you please. The COGS Tour of Tallahassee will end here. You do not need to sign up for the Tour of Tallahassee to attend the Social. 

Questions about the COGS Tour should be directed to



Locations for all sessions are TBA.

On the day of orientation students 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.



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.