HOW 2 FAU a new to fau transition experience August 16 – 19

HOW 2 FAU Schedule

begin your journey

Thursday, Aug. 16

Event Time Location
Residential Check-in Check the move-in guide for details.
All Commuter Check-in TBA TBA
Welcome Back Bash (Carnival) TBA TBA

Friday, Aug. 17

Event Time Location
Fit Start to Your Day TBA TBA
Academic Success Conference TBA TBA
FAU Athletics Event TBA TBA
Union After Dark TBA Boca Raton Student Union

Saturday, Aug. 18

Event Time Location
Find Your Classes Tours by Starbucks TBA TBA
Owlready Saturday TBA TBA
Leaders Get Jobs Student Success Event
(Business Casual Encouraged)
Rec-a-palooza TBA Recreation and Fitness Center

Freshman Convocation

Boca Raton Student Union

The Freshman Convocation is the official beginning of first-time-in-college students' entry into Florida Atlantic University.

Owl Involved

Following Convocation
FAU Stadium

Get WOW'd serves to bring together new Owls as well as representatives of student organizations to build a sense of community and to learn more about all the opportunities to get involved on-campus.

What is HOW 2 FAU?

HOW 2 FAU events are important next steps (after New Student Orientation) in your transition to Florida Atlantic University. HOW 2 FAU is for all first-year, first-time, freshmen in the class of 2022; and transfer students in the class of 2020 attending FAU.

HOW 2 FAU provides a great opportunity for students to learn to navigate campus, meet friends and connect to various communities within. FAU Students who attend HOW 2 FAU events can expect to build greater confidence in their abilities to successfully access and utilize academic, leadership development and career readiness resources.

All days of HOW 2 FAU 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.

If you are transferring to FAU, see additional items of particular interest for transfer students. HOW 2 FAU transfer student events

Available later this summer, here are instructions to download the Guidebook mobile app version:

  • Go to the app store on your smart phone or tablet
  • Download the Guidebook app
  • Open the Guidebook app on your phone or tablet
  • Search for "FAU New Student Orientation"


Your HOW 2 FAU Experience

Is HOW 2 FAU required?

The short answer: Yes.

All days of HOW 2 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.

HOW 2 FAU Accommodations


HOW 2 FAU OWLS, 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 2 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 Thursday, Aug. 16, 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


Residential Students – Move-in day is Thursday, Aug. 16

Transfer students and admitted first time to college students may access the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 housing contract though the Housing Self Service portal. Housing assignments will be made during May of 2017. Assignments are emailed to the students FAU email account starting in May 2017. More information can be found at the Housing and Residential Education website.

Commuter Students – Housing is not provided during Student Success Events


Meals are not provided during HOW 2 FAU.

Participants are welcome to pack and bring their meals from home.

University Dining Membership contracts begin with dinner on Thursday, Aug. 16.

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 where to eat page.

Personal Accommodations


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.

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.

Mobility Issues

If you have a short-term disability (e.g., broken leg) and would have difficulty walking long distances during Orientation, Campus Check-in and/ or Student Success Events, contact the New Student Orientation Office for accommodations at 561-297-2733.

Dietary Accommodations

Vegetarian options are available at most of our campus dining locations. View the locations.

If you are in need of additional dietary accommodations besides vegetarian, please ask to speak with the manager or supervisor at the dining location of your choice. Staff are happy to assist you with nutrition information and will work to accommodate most dietary accommodations when possible. This may mean recommending an alternate campus dining location.

 Last Modified 4/16/18