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FAQ - Orientation

Yes, every student attending Farmingdale State College needs to know what is expected. Students are obligated to understand policies, rules and regulations of the College (i.e., Student Code of Conduct, computer usage policies, fire safety, etc.), therefore, orientation is required.

When paying by credit card, you will receive confirmation by e-mail. When paying by check, please identify the name and R ID# of the student attending Orientation so that the funds may be applied appropriately. Check payments will show as "ASC" on your bank statement.

Reservations/payment for orientation can be made with a credit card online. The College does not accept phone payments.

There will be a Dean of Students hold placed on your record, preventing you from registering for classes or accessing your grades.

The typical program lasts a full day. Flexibility is required as certain unforeseen elements (i.e. weather) may affect the program schedule. Make plans to stay until approximately 4:30 PM each day of your orientation.

Overnight accommodations are provided exclusively for the resident student orientation program. Other programs do not necessitate overnight accommodation, as they are limited to one day.

There are several presenters at orientation, depending on which program you attend. Each program is tailored to the specific audience. At orientation, you will not only learn the various policies, rules and regulations of the College, but you will also get insight into both the academic and social/cultural sides of the college experience. In addition, your orientation leader has been selected for their skill at helping you navigate the College and acting as a guide to the school.  Most programs include meals and/or refreshments, and items are distributed throughout the program that can aid the student in his/her academic career at Farmingdale State.

After your reservation form and payment have been received, the Orientation Office will notify you via e-mail where to go for check-in. This electronic communication will be sent approximately one week before your scheduled program.

Please e-mail orientation@farmingdale.edu at least three (3) business days prior to the program.  If you fail to notify us, i.e. "no-show" the program, you will be required to reserve, attend and pay for another date.  You will not be given credit for the original payment.

Bring your Express Check-In form (which will be e-mailed to you). Everything else will be provided for you (i.e. orientation materials, lunch/refreshments, etc.). We encourage you to dress according to the weather and wear comfortable shoes as you will be on your feet throughout the day, including a campus tour.

Your orientation fee covers administrative expenses as well as materials that are provided for your Orientation, and any food/refreshments.

While a parent may not attend orientation with you, in many cases a separate introductory program is available for parents in conjunction with Orientation activities. An Introductory session for parents of students with confirmed reservations is typically offered from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm. This is designed to address many of the questions frequently asked by parents and includes a lunch. A maximum of 2 parents/family members per student may attend (no children are permitted) and the cost is $20 per person, which includes lunch. Please plan to pay upon arrival by cash, check or money order. Please RSVP by sending an email to orientation@farmingdale.edu so that we are adequately prepared for seating and lunch. When you RSVP, put Parent Seminar in the subject line and be sure to include the name of the related student and their RAM ID.

You may request to reschedule without penalty provided you make your request in writing no later than three (3) business days prior to the program.

Only those students who are not enrolled in an upcoming semester at the college are eligible for refund upon cancellation, provided they have not yet attended orientation. Request to cancel must be made in writing no later than five (5) business days prior to the program.

Upon verification of payment, refund will be mailed via check payment within approximately four (4) weeks. Refunds are subject to a $5 service fee to cover costs incurred.

We may be able to accommodate you on that date only, as space permits. Please note, however, your reservation is not guaranteed without payment and you may be turned away. You must pay in full upon check-in.