Life at FAU


What is How to FAU?

Students who attend How to FAU can expect to build greater confidence in their abilities to successfully access and utilize on-campus resources in academic, leadership development, and career readiness areas. Much like New Student Orientation, attendance for How to FAU is required for all first-time, first-year students and recommended for transfer students during their first semester at FAU.

How to FAU Schedule

Boca Raton campus

Wilkes Honors College of FAU - Jupiter campus


Your How to FAU Experience

Is How to FAU required?

The short answer: Yes.

All days of How to FAU events are required programs and attendance is integral to your transition to the University. Students will swipe into events with their FAU Owl Card and the Office of the Dean of Students will track attendance.

The choice to attend is similar to the decisions you make every day of your undergraduate career—whether to attend class or not, whether to meet with your academic advisor or not, or whether to get involved in student activities.


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Resident Assistants, Elite Owls and Orientation Leaders will assist you to events once you are on campus. You are responsible for getting yourself to campus.

  • Walking - You will be walking a lot during How to FAU (see Special Accommodations if you need assistance) be sure to wear appropriate footwear.
  • Driving - If you drive to campus, you must apply online (found at MYFAU in Self-Services) for your parking pass on or before Wednesday, Aug. 14, to participate in the Campus Check-in event and Student Success Events activities. If you have difficulty with the online process and/or printing your temporary pass, Parking and Transportation Services are available to assist you in the Student Support Services Building (SU-80, Rm 116). You must park in the designated permit areas by color and type of permit.
  • Biking - Be sure you have a secure bike lock and helmet ready for your ride.

Learn more about Parking and Transportation Services and parking updates at

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Boca Raton Campus
Move-in and Resident Check in for First Time in College students
Aug.2 by 5 p.m.
Move-out for all summer students

Move in and check in for First Time in College students. Check in at your assigned residence hall.

  • Even numbers floors will move-in from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Odd numbers floors will move-in from 1 – 4 p.m.
  • August 16
    Move in for all returning and transfer students. 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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Meals are not provided during How to FAU.

Participants are welcome to pack and bring their meals from home. University Dining Membership contracts begin with dinner on Friday January 4. Residential Dining Memberships offer options for dining in the all-you-an-eat Atlantic Dining Hall and Flex Bucks to enjoy dining at many of our a la carte dining locations locations. For more information visit the Dine On Campus Residence Halls page.

Commuter Dining Memberships offer options for dining in the all-you-can-eat Atlantic Dining Hall and adding Owl Bucks to an Owl Card. Owl Buck may be used at our many a la carte dining locations. For more information visit the Dine On Campus Commuter page.

Pay as you go - Students without dining membership and/or Owl Bucks may pay for meals with cash or credit cards in all of the FAU dining locations on campus. For more information visit the Dine On Campus.

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We value disability as an aspect of diversity and want to ensure that you are able to fully participate in all programming available to you. If you have a disability or health condition, or suspect you have one, and would like have a confidential discussion about accommodations, complete the contact form with Student Accessibility Services (SAS), as soon as possible. Some accommodations may take a few weeks to arrange. SAS needs Individuals requesting accommodations to submit their application for support services and documentation of a disability at least two weeks in advance.

You are also welcome to visit SAS in SU-80 Rm 133 at the end of Day 2 of orientation for a brief informational meeting. However, if you would like to register with SAS to arrange formal accommodations, you would need to schedule an initial appointment in advance.

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