Post Orientation For Freshmen Students Admitted for Fall 2013

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What do I do if I missed orientation?

If you are a freshman and you missed orientation, please follow the steps outlined below to prepare for registration.  Print out and fill in the class planner to assist you.


Step 1: Look up your registration date and time

  • Log on your MySFSU account at
  • Select "Registration Time" and find your Final Priority Registration (FPR) date and time.
  • Check for Administrative or Financial HOLDS. Holds will be indicated under "holds" box. Holds must be taken care of before you register, otherwise you will be unable to register.
  • Click here for more information on holds.

  • If your registration date and time has passed already, you can only register during the OPEN REGISTRATION hours below:
    • July 29th - August 9th: Mon-Fri 7pm to midnight; Sunday 8am - midnight
    • August 11th - 25th: Mon-Fri 8am to midnight; Sunday 8am - midnight
    • After August 25th at midnight, you can no longer register online.


Step 2: Check your MySFSU to make sure you have paid tuition or you have a Financial Aid deferment on file.

  • If you have a financial aid fee deferment, you do not need to pay for tuition. Check your MySFSU to see if you have a deferment on file. If you thought you were receiving Financial Aid, but you do not see your deferment, you may need to follow up with our Financial Aid office to make sure that all documents have been submitted.
  • If you do not have financial aid, University Tuition must be paid before you can register.
  • Please look at the Bursar's website for the most UP TO DATE tuition information. Here is the website
  • Once you have paid tuition, it may take up to 24 hours for your payment to clear.

Step 3: Check your EPT/ELM test scores.

Select “Test Score Report” on your MySFSU portal and write down your EPT/ELM test scores on your class planner

Check this website to what math and English classes you qualify for based on your placement test scores:

Write on your class planner the math and English classes you need to take for Fall 2013.


Step 5:  Using the links below, review your major requirements.

a) To find information about your major use the following resoures:

b) If your major has lower division classes (courses numbered 100 - 299) you may enroll in these.

c) Make sure to check for prerequisites for each major course.

Do not register for courses for which you do not meet the prerequisites or you may be dropped from those classes.



Step 6: Check the Class Schedule to see if the classes you want are available.

  • Look on our online class schedule:
  • Find classes that still have seats available and write down the five digit course schedule number on the class planner.
  • When you log onto your MySFSU portal at your registration time,  you will use these schedule numbers to enroll for each course.
  • During the Final Priority Registration you can register for up to 16 units (if you have tuition covered for full-time fees). 



Step 7: Register for classes on your Final Priority Registration date and time

  • Log on your MySFSU account at
  • Click on to "Gator Reg" and enter the course schedule numbers (Step 6) and select "Process My Request".
  • Your priority time is for 24 hours (excluding midnight to 8am).  If you missed your registration date/time, log on during the Open Registration hours listed in Step 1.


What is a good schedule for a first year student?

Most freshmen will take:

  1. Something for English (or none because of AP credit) – based on your EPT score or exemption
  2. Something for math (or none because of AP credit and you major doesn't need more) based on ELM score or exemption
  3. Either a Critical Thinking or and Oral Communication course
  4. Several courses from Segment II GE
  5. Either a US History or a US Government course
  6. Major prerequisite and/or introductory course(s)


Still have questions? Can I make an appointment with an advisor?

New students often want to know if they can setup an appointment with an advisor. Unfortunately, we cannot meet individually with each new student.  Orientation is the way that we meet with our 3,800+ new transfer students.
If you follow the steps listed above and you fill in the class planner you should be prepared to register. 

If you have an urgent advising concern that cannot wait until the semester starts, you can come to one of our Quick Question drop-in hours, but ONLY after preparing yourself by completing the steps outlined above and filling in the class planner.
Quick questions sessions are only 5 - 10 minutes long, depending on the number of students waiting. This is NOT a full appointment, so you will need to come prepared with specific questions to ask the advisor.




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