Life at FAU

How to FAU

FAU Boca Raton Campus | June 27

FAU Boca Raton & Davie Campuses | August 22 – 23

FAU Jupiter Campus | August 20 – 23

 

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 university resources in academic, personal 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 Student Schedule:

JUNE 27

Welcome to FAU
1 – 1:35 p.m.

Business Services
1:35 – 1:45 p.m.

Virtual Communities
1:45 – 2:05 p.m.

Money Matters
2:05 – 2:25 p.m.

Group Fitness Break
2:25 – 2:40 p.m.

Healthy Decision Making
2:40 - 3 p.m.

Being a Successful Online Student
3 – 3:20 p.m.

Transition to #OwlInToGraduation
3:20 – 3:35 p.m.

#OwlInToGraduation
3:35 p.m.
Arts & Letters
Business
Design & Social Inquiry
Education
Engineering & Computer Science
Science
Exploratory/Undecided

Closing & Survey
4:30 p.m.

OPTIONAL Housing and Residential Education: A Student Living and Learning Experience 
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.


 

Your How to FAU Experience

Students entering in the summer: 

Is How to FAU required?

The short answer: Yes.

The How to FAU Conference is a required program and attendance is integral to your transition to the University. Summer starting students will login to the virtual event with their Name and FAU email using the Webex Event Link sent to their FAU email address. New Student Transitions & Family Engagement 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.

What are the phases of the new SOAR experience?

Phase 1  - Virtual Orientation: Complete First-Year Virtual Orientation session through Canvas.

Students should complete the Virtual Orientation course on Canvas at least five business days before their Orientation Day (Phase 3). You have already been added to the Virtual Orientation course on Canvas<https://canvas.fau.edu/>, and received a separate email with instructions on logging into Canvas to complete it.

Phase 2  - OwlDone Day: May 26

Students will receive a text and other outreach from their Orientation Leader on May 26 to guide them through remaining onboarding tasks.

Phase 3  – Orientation Day: Live Virtual Sessions

Students will be scheduled to attend a virtual Orientation Day session on the first day of their current Orientation reservation. Orientation Day sessions will run from 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Shortly before the session begins, students will receive an email with login information. For example, students registered to attend the June 4/5 orientation session will receive information via their FAU email to login live at 9:30 a.m. on June 4.

Phase 4  - How to FAU: Virtual and In-person Sessions

How to FAU will fill in the gaps on everything you need to know to get started at FAU! These sessions will be held virtually on June 27, and in-person August 22 and August 23. If restrictions arise that do not allow for in-person meetings, we will engage virtually. Families are encouraged to attend the Family Success Conference that occurs during How to FAU.

Do I have to register for the How to FAU experience?


No.  Summer starting students will login to the virtual event with their Name and FAU email using the Webex Event Link sent to their FAU email address. 

Can my family member attend the new SOAR experience?

Yes.  As a family member with a summer start student, you will:

Phase 1  - Virtual Orientation: Complete Family Virtual Orientation through Canvas. If you had multiple guests register for Orientation, you all may complete the virtual session using one account. Your access to the Family Virtual Orientation will open in mid-May. More information to follow.

Phase 2  – Orientation Day: Live Virtual Sessions. Attend an Orientation session live on the day that you are currently registered to join your student. Your virtual Day of Orientation session will be held on the first day that you are reserved to attend from approximately 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. For example, if you are registered to attend June 4/5, you will receive information to login live on June 4. This email will be sent thirty minutes or more before the event and more details will be shared leading up to the date.

Phase 3  - How to FAU will fill in the gaps on everything your student need to know to get started at FAU! These sessions will be held in-person on June 27, August 22 and August 23. If restrictions arise that do not allow for in-person meetings, we will engage virtually. Families are encouraged to attend the Family Success Conference that occurs during How to FAU. This program is optional for families and free of charge. Family Success Conference registration information forthcoming.

Will my family members receive this information?

Family member(s) will receive more information via the email provided in the reservation form about Family Virtual Orientation. 

 

Students entering in the fall: 

Is How to FAU required?

The short answer: Yes.

The How to FAU Conference is a required program and attendance is integral to your transition to the University. Students will receive more information to their FAU email account closer to August 22 and 23. New Student Transitions & Family Engagement 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.

What are the phases of the new SOAR experience?

Phase 1  - Virtual Orientation: Complete First-Year Virtual Orientation session through Canvas.

Students should complete the Virtual Orientation course on Canvas at least five business days before their Orientation Day (Phase 3). You have already been added to the Virtual Orientation course on Canvas<https://canvas.fau.edu/>, and received a separate email with instructions on logging into Canvas to complete it.

Phase 2  - OwlDone Day: July 9

Students will receive a text and other outreach from their Orientation Leader on May 26 to guide them through remaining onboarding tasks.

Phase 3  – Orientation Day: Live Virtual Sessions

Students will be scheduled to attend a virtual Orientation Day session on the first day of their current Orientation reservation. Orientation Day sessions will run from 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Shortly before the session begins, students will receive an email with login information. For example, students registered to attend the June 14/15 orientation session will receive information via their FAU email to login live at 9:30 a.m. on June 14.

Phase 4  - How to FAU: In-person Sessions

How to FAU will fill in the gaps on everything you need to know to get started at FAU! These sessions will be held in-person on August 22 and August 23. If restrictions arise that do not allow for in-person meetings, we will engage virtually. Families are encouraged to attend the Family Success Conference that occurs during How to FAU.

Do I have to register for the How to FAU experience?


No.  Students must only completely reserve for Orientation through the OwlDone portal. Once reserved, students will receive a confirmation email with steps to complete the different phases of the experience.

Can my family member attend the new SOAR experience?

Yes.  As a family member with a fall start student, you will:

Phase 1  - Virtual Orientation: Complete Family Virtual Orientation through Canvas. If you had multiple guests register for Orientation, you all may complete the virtual session using one account. Your access to the Family Virtual Orientation will open in mid-May. More information to follow.

Phase 2  – Orientation Day: Live Virtual Sessions. Attend an Orientation session live on the day that you are currently registered to join your student. Your virtual Day of Orientation session will be held on the first day that you are reserved to attend from approximately 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. For example, if you are registered to attend June 14/5, you will receive information to login live on June 14. This email will be sent thirty minutes or more before the event and more details will be shared leading up to the date.

Phase 3  - How to FAU will fill in the gaps on everything your student need to know to get started at FAU! These sessions will be held in-person on August 22 and August 23. If restrictions arise that do not allow for in-person meetings, we will engage virtually. Families are encouraged to attend the Family Success Conference that occurs during How to FAU. This program is optional for families and free of charge. Family Success Conference registration information forthcoming.

Will my family members receive this information?

Family member(s) will receive more information via the email provided in the reservation form about Family Virtual Orientation.