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Orientation & Advising Sessions

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  • FSW offers online and in-person Orientation sessions.
  • All Orientation sessions will provide the necessary information for you to be successful at FSW and begin your college journey.
  • All First-Time in College students are required to complete Orientation prior to being able to register for classes. First-Time in College includes incoming freshman and any graduating high school senior with previous dual enrollment credit from FSW.
  • Once you are Orientation ready, you will receive an email with a link to sign-up for an Orientation & Advising Session.


To change the date you will start classes, complete the Update Entry Term of Existing Application form at apply.FSW.edu using the email address you used to create your admissions application.

About Orientation & Advising Sessions

Congratulations on your admission to FSW! We look forward to welcoming you to the Buccaneer family! Orientation is designed to connect you with the campus, culture, people, and places that you will call home for the next 2-4 years as you continue your education.

Your comprehensive Orientation & Advising Session will provide you with:

  • An overview of essential information to ensure a smooth start at FSW.

    • By reviewing academic calendars, important deadlines, and tuition costs.
  • An introduction to campus resources and support services.
  • An academic advising session and personalized course recommendations for your first semester.
  • Assistance navigating the FSW Student Portal including assistance with course registration.
  • Information on how to receive your BUC Card (Student ID Card).

All first-time in college* students, will receive an email to schedule a required Orientation & Advising Session once they have satisfied all registration requirements (called "Holds"). To check your eligibility and verify you have satisfied all registration requirements, please follow the steps outlined in "Before You Attend an Orientation & Advising Session" below.

*First-Time in college includes incoming freshman and any graduating high school senior with previous dual enrollment credit from FSW. All First-Time in College students are required to attend an Orientation session prior to being able to register for classes.

Before You Attend an Orientation & Advising Session

Set up your FSW Student Portal

  • Inside your Student Portal, click the "Student Academics" tab followed by "View Holds."
  • This page shows a list of your registration requirements known as "holds."
  • You will need to resolve any holds other than Orientation & Advising before you will receive an email with a private link to register for the Session.
  • Any Orientation or Advising holds will be resolved at this Session.

Plan Ahead

  • Schedule your Orientation & Advising Session early - the earlier you attend Orientation the sooner you can register for classes. Course registration will take place during your Orientation & Advising Session.
  • Orientation & Advising is required for all first-time in college students, including those who are out-of-area/state.