Frequently Asked Questions

  • Orientation marks the beginning of the semester for the new students. It’s designed to help you transition into the university and provide you with key information that will fully prepare you for the start of your first year. During Orientation student leaders and University staff will guide you through the administrative process and familiarize you with different services available to you at FVSU.

  • Orientation is required of all newly admitted undergraduate students.

    Special Note for transfer students who have attended their prior institution for one or more years as a full-time student: You are not required to attend Orientation, but you are strongly encouraged.

    • Testing Orientation (For COMPASS Test Takers Only)
      • Friday, June 13: 10:00am-2:00pm
      • Friday, June 27: 10:00am-2:00pm
      • Friday, July 11: 10:00am-2:00pm
      • Friday, July 25: 10:00am-2:00pm

  • You must register for Orientation online. After you have been accepted for admission, you will receive a student ID # which will allow you to register for ONE of the Orientation Sessions.

    During check-in you will be required to pay the registration fee either with a credit/debit card or cash (no personal checks), and you and your parents must complete registration together.

    After you register online, you will receive a confirmation via email within 24 hours.

    If you have any questions and/or concerns about Orientation, call our office at 478-822-1070.

  • There is NOfee for Orientation.

  • Remember to bring:

    • Paper & Pen
    • Admission Letter.
    • Picture ID (State issued Driver’s License, or ID, or Passport).
    • Comfortable walking shoes.
    • Comfortable clothing. Don’t forget, Georgia, particularly Middle Georgia in June and July is known to be extremely HOT!

    Check your admission status by calling the Admissions Office at (478) 822-7993.

  • Due to limited space, students are allowed to have only TWO guest, attend Orientation. In addition, if you or your child has any special needs, please let us know so that we can work to accommodate you in advance.

  • During the Academic Session, you will learn about academic requirements, choosing a major, core curriculum requirements, and how to choose courses. Based on the information from your admissions application, our trained academic advisors in the Academic Success Center (ASC) will create a schedule that we think will best fit your first semester. You will receive this schedule upon check-in at Orientation. During Orientation, you will have time to meet and talk with your academic advisor and a professor in your major regarding your field of study.

    Special Note: You will be unable to change your schedule during Orientation.

  • YES! Registration for orientation sessions will close at least seven (7) days before the Orientation, or when the dates are filled, whichever comes first. If you have successfully registered for an orientation session, you will receive a confirmation via the email. You can register for Orientation at

  • Students are required to bring additional money during the orientation program. A Continental Breakfast will be provided at no cost. Lunch will be available in our dining hall at your own expense.

  • Check-in for the Orientation will be in the New Student Center. Because of space limitations, only two guests will be allowed. Once you have registered for Orientation and are confirmed for a session, you will receive a confirmation and directions.

  • Students can pay tuition and other fees during the Orientation. There will be a time during Freshmen Orientation Week in which new or transfer students/ or their parents will be able to reconcile financial aid or residential life matters.

  • No. You must register on-line by clicking on the following link:

  • Placement testing involves the administration of a standardized examination (COMPASS) to determine whether or not students have proficient skills to master college-level coursework in English, reading and mathematics. Placement test results are used to place students in appropriate course(s) where they will receive instructions to correct academic deficiency. Placement testing is very important to the enhancement of future academic success.

  • The COMPASS is a computerized standardized examination that is used by institutions in the University System of Georgia to test newly enrolled students who are unsuccessful in obtaining the minimum entrance test requirements. The COMPASS is not timed and is used to assess students' skills in English, reading and mathematics. Students can receive a copy of their test scores immediately after testing.

    You may visit the website ( for more information on the COMPASS and for test preparatory exercises.

  • No. If you have to take the COMPASS, you do not have to attend a regular Orientation.

  • COMPASS scores are used to identify students’ level in English, reading and mathematics. Students who are unsuccessful at obtaining the required benchmark score in either of the three areas are placed in the Learning Support Program for appropriate remedial instructions. Remedial courses consist of two levels, students’ COMPASS scores will determine which level they will begin study.

  • The Freshman Institute is a selective initiative that will provide first time freshmen with a holistic university experience with enriched educational opportunities that will enhance public service, leadership, personal growth and social development.

  • No student can apply for housing until he/she has been fully admitted to the University, please check the Residential Life website and student email. Upon acceptance into the University, you will need to complete a housing application and pay a $200.00 non-refundable application fee.

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