Frequently Asked Questions
What will I do at Orientation?
Meet faculty, staff, and administrators.
Meet with a faculty member from the department of your major to be advised and registered for fall courses.
Learn about campus services, programs, and resources.
Meet other new students and current students.
Learn about campus life.
Get your FMU student ID made.
Have F-U-N and expect to do so much more!
I haven’t received anything about Orientation. When will I get my Orientation brochure/registration form?
Orientation information will be mailed out in March for those students who have already been accepted. Students admitted after the March mailing will receive Orientation information as they are admitted. We encourage you to return your registration form as soon as possible. Space is limited and reservations are made on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Is there a fee to attend Orientation?
Students must pay the $107.00 matriculation deposit in order to register for Orientation. The cost of Orientation covers all of your Orientation materials and meals. Guests may attend for an additional fee of $25.00 per guest. Due to space limitations, there is a two- person limit to the number of guests a student can bring.
Should my parents come with me to Orientation?
Bringing a parent or guardian is optional. There is a $25 per guest fee (guests include parents, grandparents, siblings,etc...). Parents or guardians are certainly invited to attend Orientation. In fact, we welcome parents or guardians to attend. For the parents or guardians of an incoming freshman, the second portion of the day has a special schedule that is separate from the incoming freshman schedule. During these separate sessions, we address questions or concerns that a parent or guardian of a new incoming college freshman may have. We provide information regarding residential life, health services, campus police, financial services, student affairs, counseling services, and a multitude of other areas that may be of interest to the parent or guardian of an incoming college freshman. Parents or guardians of a transfer student do not have a separate schedule different from the transfer student schedule. PARENTS DO NOT STAY ON CAMPUS.
Do Freshmen really have to stay overnight on campus?
Yes, ALL FRESHMEN, are required to stay overnight on campus. Our overnight program gives you the first hand experience of living in the residence halls.
Can my guests stay overnight in the residence halls with me?
Guests cannot stay overnight in the residence halls, however, we do have some hotel suggestions we can provide for your guests.
Courtyard at Marriott I-95 at Exit 160A 843-662-7066
Hilton Garden Inn I-95 at Exit 160A 843-432-3001
Wingate Inn I-95 at Exit 164 843-629-1111
The hotels we’ve recommended are situated in areas that have convenient stores, shopping, and a wide variety of restaurants. There is even a movie theatre within walking distance to the hotels located off of Exit 160A. Since you are now affiliated with the university, ask about special FMU discount rates when making reservations.
When and how do I register for my classes?
New students are required to attend Orientation in order to be eligible to register for classes. You can not register without having first attended Orientation. You will meet with a faculty member from the department of your major and together you and he or she will determine your classes. After meeting with the faculty member who will be advising you, you will be registered for classes. If you are registered in June, a tuition bill will be sent to your home in mid-July. If you are registered in July or August and you are an incoming freshman, your tuition bill will be printed for you at Orientation. If you are registered in July or August and you are a transfer student, your tuition bill can be picked up in the Cashier’s Office immediately after you have been registered.
What if I need to change my Orientation date?
Because food, facilities, and personalized folders are prepared well in advance, please call 843-661-1563 or 843-661-1288 seven days prior to your Orientation date to reschedule for another date. We do understand that emergencies and the unexpected can happen. If you do reschedule your Orientation, you are not required to make another Orientation payment.
I am staying overnight on campus. What should I bring?
You will want to bring towels, a blanket, an alarm clock, an umbrella, toiletries, comfortable clothing and shoes. We do provide bed linens and a pillow.
After I turn in my registration form, when will I know what date I am able to attend?
Once we have received your registration. We will promptly mail you a confirmation letter. The confirmation letter will outline the events for the New Freshmen overnight program or the Transfer program and inform you of where and what time to meet. We hope that the confirmation letter will answer any questions you may have. If the confirmation letter fails to do so, please do not hesitate to contact the Orientation Office.
Do I need to take any placement tests?
All new students will be placed into an English course based on the SAT writing score. If you have not taken the SAT you will be asked to take the English placement test on the Sunday of Orientation. New students will also be placed by the Math department into a Math course. Transfer students who have never taken a college level English course must take our English placement test. Please contact the Office of Counseling and Testing at 843-661-1840 to schedule an appointment to take the test. The test is not timed and there is a $5.00 fee for the test.
Can students with disabilities receive special accommodations?
Students with special needs who would like accommodations for Orientation, such as wheelchair assistance, can have arrangements made by calling the Office of Counseling and Testing at 843-661-1840. We ask that you contact this office seven days prior to your Orientation date to enable them to prepare for your arrival.
How will I know where to meet theafternoon of Orientation?
The confirmation letter you receive from the Orientation Office after you have mailed us your registration form will specify where to meet that afternoon. For additional help navigating the campus, the Orientation Office will post signs all over campus directing you to the different locations.
When do classes start?
Classes for the fall 2013 semester will begin at 4:30 pm, Monday, August 19th. All other classes will begin on Tuesday, August 20th. Another date you will need to know is move-in day. Move-in day for new students is Saturday, August 17th.