Frank Rampello, Co-Coordinator of Orientation
Office: Laffin Hall, Room 314
What Should You Do Next?
Congratulations on making this important decision. The information below will assist you in your transition to becoming a successful Farmingdale State student. Please read carefully, and if you need further clarification, information or support, contact the Orientation Office at 631-420-2104.
Things to do
-Pay your Advanced Tuition Deposit ($100) by mail or in person (bring your letter of acceptance to the Student Accounts office in Laffin Hall). Additionally, you can pay the Admissions Deposit online by credit card (VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover) in the Student Account Payment/Billing Center. Once logged in, click "Deposits" and follow the instructions. Note: Your deposit must be received prior to advisement and registration.
-Determine if free placement testing is needed for English and Math via a letter from the Admissions Office. Taking these tests prior to Orientation will facilitate your academic advisement and registration. Please contact Placement Testing for an appointment at 631-420-2629.
-Submit your student immunization records. In accordance with NYS law, all new students must submit proof of immunization and their health records to the Health and Wellness Center. You must sign a meningitis info sheet (pdf). Failure to do either one or both of these in a timely manner automatically results in disenrollment of the student. There are no refunds for students who fail to comply with this state law.
-ALL INCOMING STUDENTS MUST REGISTER FOR ORIENTATION VIA THEIR ACCEPTED STUDENT PORTAL-
- Incoming High School Students: Mandatory on-campus orientation sessions will next occur in Summer 2019. Please be advised the Summer 2019 dates are as follows: Tuesday, August 6th; Friday, August 9th; Tuesday, August 13th and Friday, August 16th. You MUST attend ONE of the August 2019 sessions. Please note: the on-campus orientation sessions are offered in the Summer for incoming Fall first-time students from High School ONLY and run from 8:30am-4:30pm. The mandatory fee is $110.00 per student. The fee for the program includes materials, programs and services. Please be aware there is an OPTIONAL orientation program for parents ($25.00 fee per parent) which will run from approximately 8:30am-2:30pm the same day as the student's program of choice. Registration for the optional parent program is also done via the Accepted Student Portal. Students are required to arrive outside Laffin Hall the day of their program by no later than 8:30am as check-in will begin promptly at this time. Parents check-in location will be provided in the email sent to students reminding them of their program.
- Transfer students, graduate students, or first-time FSC students (starting classes in the Spring term): You must complete an online-only orientation program with NO in-person component. Click here for additional information, including ONLINE ORIENTATION INSTRUCTIONS.
Please be advised, students who have an additional departmental orientation program (ie. Dental Hygiene etc.) are required to partake in both the mandatory FSC orientation AND their departmental program. Please contact your respective department for further details.
-Visit the Advisement Directory. Click on your degree program and then to your major to learn the precise instructions to follow for advisement and registration for fall courses.
-Set up your student e-mail account. This is the primary means of communication used by the College. Registered students are provided with an e-mail account and you are expected to check it regularly. See our email FAQ for more information.
-Decide on a meal plan. Students, whether commuters or residents, are eligible for a wide variety of meal plans and dining options. The Office of Dining Services is located in the Farmingdale Campus Center, right next to the Campus Center Marketplace.
There are several choices for dining on campus, most of which are housed in the brand new Farmingdale Campus Center:
Campus Center Marketplace is a large food court offering fresh, made-to-order burgers and chicken sandwiches, hand-cut fries, pressed paninis, hot noodle bowls, comfort foods and hand-carved meats and tossed salads. This location also has personal thin crust pizza, made-to-order, as well as grab 'n go salads and sandwiches, hot coffee, bottled and fountain beverages, milkshakes and smoothies.
Campus Center Pay One Price Restaurant is an all-you-care-to-eat facility that is open to everyone. You will find soups, salads, sandwiches, pizza, grilled items, and a daily changing menu prepared by our chefs, all served in a comfortable and relaxing dining atmosphere. Cash, credit cards and declining balance meal plans are all accepted. As a resident student, your meals are included in your meal plan. Commuters may purchase (add declining dollars) a commuter meal plan which gives you a 10% discount and allows you to make all food purchases sales tax free. Information on commuter meal plans is available in the Dining Services Office or call 631-293-2778.
EcoGrounds, located next to the Marketplace in the Campus Center, is a full coffee bar serving fresh-brewed coffee and teas, blended and iced coffee drinks, and a selection of delicious baked goods and snacks.
Books and Beans, located in Greenley Hall offers a computer & coffee lounge with everything from Starbucks cappucinos to lattes to fresh brewed coffee, herbal and exotic teas, sandwiches, salads, and cookies.
-Purchase your books. The Campus Bookstore (631-420-2071) is operated by Barnes & Noble and is located in the Campus Center. The staff is friendly, helpful and you will also find a wide variety of supplies and college items.
-Pay your tuition bill. Your bill will be sent to you once you have registered. For further information: contact Student Accounts at 631-420-2560 or Financial Aid at 631-420-2578. These offices can provide you with details about your bill and aid package. All students must pay their tuition by the deadline.
-Secure a student ID and parking permit through University Police once you have paid your tuition and registered for classes. Students are asked to carry their Farmingdale ID whenever they are on campus.
-If you plan to reside on campus, contact Residence Life at 631-420-2010.