Freshman Orientation Checklist

Parent Orientation Checklist

For new first year students, orientation is a two-day program with a mandatory overnight stay. Participation in the orientation program is a requirement for all incoming students.  

Each session has limited space available, and is filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Orientation session dates closed once they reach full capacity.  Reservations close for within two (2) business days of a session.  Please do not make any travel arrangements until you have completed your reservation and have received a confirmation email to your FAU email account.

Please plan two full days for your orientation session. Check-in will begin at 7:00am on the first day, and end around 5:00pm on the second day.  Students must be in attendance for the full two-day session in order to meet the orientation requirement. 


First-Year Student Dates

Freshman Entering Summer 2014 Semester and Gateway Program Students  
May 21-22 Wednesday - Thursday  
May 29-30 Thursday - Friday  
June 2-3 Monday - Tuesday  
June 5-6 Thursday - Friday  
June 9-10 Monday - Tuesday  Recommended for Music Majors
June 13-14 Friday - Saturday  
June 16 - 17 Monday - Tuesday  
June 19-20 Thursday - Friday  Recommended for Architecture Majors


Freshman Entering Fall 2014 Semester                                                             
April 24-25 Thursday - Friday   CLOSED
May 21-22 Wednesday - Thursday  
May 29-30 Thursday - Friday   
June 2-3 Monday - Tuesday  
June 5-6 Thursday - Friday  
June 9-10 Monday - Tuesday  Recommended for Music Majors
June 13-14 Friday - Saturday  
June 16 - 17 Monday - Tuesday  
June 25-26 Wednesday - Thursday  Recommended for Architecture Majors
July 9-10 Wednesday - Thursday  
July 14-15 Monday - Tuesday   
July 18-19  Friday - Saturday   
July 22-23 Tuesday - Wednesday   
July 28-29  Monday - Tuesday   
July 31-August 1  Thursday - Friday   
August 12-17 Tuesday - Sunday  HONORS COLLEGE ONLY - Jupiter Campus



Orientation Fees & Costs

The orientation fee for freshman students is $75. Students must submit a payment to complete the reservation.  Part of the two-day program requires a mandatory overnight stay in the residence halls, which is a $35 fee per night*.  The total cost for a freshman orientation session is $110.


Guests may also attend the Parent & Family Orientation program with the student. The cost for a guest is $55. Parents and guests must make their own accommodations for the overnight stay, as only FAU students may reside in the residence halls.

 *The Early Owl Orientation on April 24-25 does not include overnight accommodations.  The cost for this program is $75.  Students must make their own arrangements for overnight housing.


Optional Add-ons
The student may add optional items to their orientation reservation.  Student may choose to stay an additional night the evening before their orientation reservation.  This option has an additional $35 charge.

Students may also add-on membership to the Student Alumni Association.  Membership costs $25, and you may pick up your membership materials at your orientation session.

Additionally, parents may add membership to the Owl Parent Association.  This lifetime membership is $62.50 per family. 

These add-ons are optional and may be removed from your orientation reservation if you wish. 


How Do I Sign Up?

Orientation reservations must be made through your MyFAU account. Click here for step by step instructions on how to sign up.


Refund Policy

All refund requests must be submitted in writing ten (10) business days prior to the reserved orientation session. Please contact our office at 561-297-2733 to begin the refund request process. Requests sent after this deadline will not be considered. The orientation fee is non-refundable and non-transferable after this deadline. No refunds are processed for students or guests who are no shows to orientation.


FAU Campuses: Boca Raton/Davie/Dania Beach/Fort Lauderdale/Jupiter/Treasure Coast Boca Raton Campus Danie Beach Campus Davie Campus Fort Lauderdale Campus Harbor Branch Campus Jupiter Campus Treasure Campus
 Last Modified 4/14/14