About Orientation & Advising Sessions

As a first time in college* student, you will receive an email to register for a required Orientation & Advising Session once you have followed the steps outlined in "Before You Attend an Orientation & Advising Session" below. This session is designed to:

*First time in college includes incoming freshman and any graduating high school senior with previous dual enrollment credit from FSW.

Before You Attend an Orientation & Advising Session

Set up you FSW Student Portal at my.fsw.edu

Student Types

Plan for Your Orientation & Advising Session (Dates and More)

Tips for a Successful Orientation Day

  • Make sure you have followed the "Before You Attend an Orientation & Advising Session" above
  • Arrive early with enough time to check-in for your Orientation & Advising Session. Once the session has started, no late entry is permitted.
  • Keep in mind that the Orientation & Advising Session is for the student only
  • The Orientation & Advising Session is approximately 4 hours in length and may include a walking tour of campus so be sure to wear comfortable shoes

Why haven't I received the email to register for a Session?

The email to register for the Orientation & Advising Session will be sent to the email address you used to apply for admission to FSW within 2-8 days of resolving any holds other than Orientation & Advising. If you have not received the email within this timeframe, one of these other situations may apply:

  • You are a transfer, readmit, non-degree, international, dual enrollment, or transient (guest) student.
    • More information can be found in the section entitled "Student Types?"
  • Your registration holds are not resolved.
    • Visit the “View Holds” page in your FSW Student Portal to see if there are holds that need to be resolved. Any Orientation or Advising holds will be resolved at the Orientation & Advising Session.
  • You are checking the wrong email address.
    • This link will be sent to the email address you indicated on your application for admission to FSW.

If you feel you should have received the Orientation & Advising Session registration email but cannot find it in your inbox or junk mail, please contact us at to have your file re-evaluated and the email resent if applicable.

Not a First Time in College Student?

Transfer, Readmit (Returning), Non-Degree, Dual Enrollment, or Transient (guest) students are not required to attend an Orientation & Advising Session and will not have an Orientation hold. As one of these students, you may; however, have an Advising hold that can be resolved by scheduling an appointment with an Academic Advisor after you follow the steps for "Before You Attend an Orientation & Advising Session" section (above) to resolve any holds other than Advising.

International student will receive specific instructions from the Center of International Education.

Have Questions?

Contact the Orientation staff at your FSW location:

Operating Hours

All locations

Monday - Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm

Charlotte Campus (941) 637-5629
Collier Campus (239) 732-3998
Hendry/Glades Center (239) 732-3402
Thomas Edison (Lee) Campus (239) 432-5205

Howard Hall, Building Q Room 127

Have you already completed your Orientation?
Complete the New Student Orientation Survey
to let us know how we did!