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The Graduate School's New Graduate Student Orientation

The Graduate School will host New Graduate Student Orientation on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 in the New Classroom Building (HCB). Orientation Registration has now closed. 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 in the afternoon on topics of interest, including Funding Basics, Fellowships, Grants, and Awards and Steps to the Degree for Thesis/Dissertation Students. Tours of the FSU Campus and Scholars Commons 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 1:00 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.  Please see below for more information and to register for the tour of Tallahassee and picnic. 

Pictures of last year's orientation activities can be viewed here.


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 
11:30 AM – 12:15 PM 

This large group session (offered twice) is designed for all new graduate students and will be led by Dean Nancy Marcus.
10:00 AM – 10:50 AM
11:10 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 – 1:00 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.
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

1:15 PM – 2:30 PM
FSU administrators and staff will discuss financial aid, loans, financial literacy (money management), jobs on and off campus, assistantships, health insurance and the health insurance subsidy, and establishing in-state residency.

2:45 PM – 3:30 PM
FSU administrators will discuss The Graduate School's fellowships, grants, and awards as well as the Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards, which provides assistance in for applying for external fellowships and awards.

3:45 PM – 4:45 PM
FSU faculty and administrators will discuss the process and time frame for completing a graduate degree and will offer advice related to workload expectations, your responsibilities as a graduate student, networking, research/creative expectations, and publishing. The workshop will also include a discussion of developing positive relationships with your major professor, committee, and departmental and university staff.

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.

Click HERE to register for the Tour of Tallahassee & Picnic
Questions about the COGS Tour & Picnic should be directed to


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 9:30 AM for the 10:00 AM session and 10:50 AM for the 11:10 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 19, 2013 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.

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