First-year Orientation Checklist

First-Year Students and Transfer Students with 1-29 College Credits

Before starting class your first semester, there are quite a few items on your To-Do list. No worries-- New Student Orientation is here to help. We've put together this handy list for you to know the right steps before, during, and after your orientation session. Many of these items are required, so follow this timeline closely.

Before Attending Orientation

**Items marked with an asterisk are REQUIRED before attending orientation. If you do not have these items completed, you will need to reschedule your orientation session.

Submit your Tuition Deposit to Undergraduate Admissions.**


First-Year Deadline Summer and Fall:

May 1

First-Year Transfer Deadline Summer:
May 1

First-Year Transfer Deadline Fall:
August 1

Select your Orientation session date, and make your reservation.**

Complete the Orientation Reservation form through the OwlDone portal. Once you submit your orientation fee, your reservation is confirmed, and your orientation hold is removed. 

Summer/Fall: Opened

Complete the Immunization Compliance

Complete the immunization compliance process in your OwlDone Portal or follow this link for additional information



Complete Online Advising

Online academic advising process will NOT register you for your courses. You must register for your courses on your own once approved by an Academic Advisor. If you have questions about online advising, please contact University Advising Services at 561-297-3064.

Summer/Fall Opens:

March 16


Complete Major KnOWLedge
Major KnOWLedge,, is an online resource developed by career counselors at the FAU Career Center that helps FAU students identify personal interests and their relationships to FAU majors as well as occupations. If you have any questions about Major KnOWLedge, please contact the FAU Career Center at 561-297-3533 or


Register for your classes through MyFAU Self-Service.**

Once you have completed your orientation reservation, OARS completion and approval, and submitted your Immunization records, you should be ready to register for classes. Check your MyFAU account for any other holds that may prevent you from registration. Your exact registration time and day will depend on how many credits you have earned. Registration dates are subject to change, please refer to the Registrar website for updated information on course registration. Register for your classes as soon as possible to get the best selection for class seats. For assistance registering for classes, view the Registration Tutorial!

Registering for classes:


Students can register now for summer and fall courses.

Apply for Financial Aid by completing the FAFSA.

The Office of Financial Aid can help you begin applying for scholarships, grants, and loans. Check your Financial Aid package status on MyFAU Self-Service, or contact your financial aid counselor for more information.

Students can apply for FAFSA at any time during or before the selected academic year but it is a first come first serve basis.

FAFSA opens October 1st for every new academic year.

Apply for On-Campus Housing and preference your residence hall.**

All incoming new students who live further than 30 miles from the Boca Raton campus are required to live on campus for the first year. Complete your application and non-refundable application fee early so you are more likely to receive your top preference(s).

Newly admitted first time to college students and transfer students for Summer 2020 and Fall 2021 may complete a housing contract starting December 1. 

There is not a deadline for housing applications however, spots are on a first come first serve basis.

Complete your Residency Form through Undergraduate Admissions.

Are you a Florida resident seeking in-state tuition? Then you will want to complete this form to receive in-state tuition rates.


Items to think about as you prepare for your Virtual Orientation

  • Make sure you have access to a reliable internet source.
  • Setup ample time to complete your Canvas course. 
  • Check your FAU email for your login information leading up to your Day of Orientation session. 
  • Have a notebook ready to take notes during your Canvas modules and Day of Orientation sessions with your Orientation Leader.

Things to bring for your in-person Orientation

  • Your eight-digit student ID number (also known as a Z Number)
  • Driver's License or some form of ID (for student ID)
  • Variable clothing for hot weather and air-conditioned rooms. Some buildings and lecture halls will have room temperatures that cannot be adjusted or controlled
  • Snacks (if desired, as meal times are staggered)
  • Umbrella in case of rain
  • Water Bottle to fill up with water in case you get thirsty and it is hot
  • Money if you want to purchase any snacks or cold drinks outside of meal hours, or want to shop at the FAU Campus Store after Orientation ends.