Diverse students enjoying the dance show in Weston Auditorium

Summer Orientation 2022

Incoming first year students are required to participate in an overnight orientation. Please register for one of the in-person summer orientation sessions. Note that each session has a capacity of 175 students. Each overnight session will run from 8 a.m. on day one to 3 p.m. on day two. Housing and meals will be provided.

Session I
June 13 and 14

Session II
June 16 and 17

Session III
June 21 and 22

Day 1    
Time Event Location
8 a.m. Check-in: Housing
Check-in: Orientation
Aubuchon Hall Lobby
Hammond Street Level
9 a.m. Welcome remarks Weston Auditorium
9:30 a.m.     Small group activities Assigned Locations
10:30 a.m.         Opportunities and outcomes Weston Auditorium
11:15 a.m.     Stretch Break  
11:20 a.m.   Financial Aid/Student Accounts Weston Auditorium
12:15 p.m.       Lunch Group A Holmes Dining Hall
12:15 p.m.       CSI Group B Library
12:30 p.m.       Lunch Small Group B Holmes Dining Hall
12:45 p.m.       CSI Group A Library
1:15 p.m.       Student services panel Kent Recital Hall
2:15 p.m.   Living and dining Weston Auditorium
2:15 p.m.   Commuting and dining Kent Recital Hall
3:15 p.m.   Cookie break Quad
4:00 p.m.   Academic Support Services Hammond Main Lounge
5:30 p.m.    Dinner Holmes Dining Hall
7 p.m. Karaoke and pizza Falcon Hub
Game Room
Recreation Center
9 p.m. Evening program Aubuchon Hall
Day 2    
8 a.m.  Breakfast Holmes Dining Hall
9 a.m. Placement exam Hammond Library 101
9 a.m. Small group by major *Rain Locations: THOM 310 & 312, PERC 102, 103, 105, 106, 107, 108, G04, G05
10 a.m. Academic transitions Assigned location *Rain Locations: PERC 102, 103, 105, 106, 107, 108, G04, G05
11 a.m. Advising and registration Library
11 a.m. Meet and greet with department chairs Hammond
12 p.m. Lunch Holmes Dining Hall
1 p.m. Debrief in small groups Small group locations
1:45 p.m. Falcon family and friends Hammond Street Level Patio  *If rain - Hammond Street Level Lobby
2:30 p.m. Check-out Aubuchon Hall


Day 1    
Time Event Location
8 a.m. Check-in: Orientation Aubuchon Hall Lobby
9 a.m. Welcome remarks Weston Auditorium
9:30 a.m. Small Group Antonucci Science Center Classrooms
10:30 a.m.        Opportunities and outcomes Weston Auditorium
11:15 a.m.       Stretch break  
11:20 a.m.        Financial Aid/Student Accounts Weston Auditorium
12:15 p.m.       Panel discussion: Counseling, Disability, CHC, ACT, Career Ellis White Lecture Hall
1:15 p.m.        Lunch   Holmes Dining Hall
2:15 p.m.        Living and dining Weston Auditorium
2:15 p.m.        Commuting and dining Kent Recital Hall
3:15 p.m.        Coffee w/cookies break Hammond G-lobby
3:30 p.m.      Campus safety  Ellis White Lecture Hall
4:30 p.m.   Head out  
Day 2    
1:45 p.m. Falcon family and friends farewell Hammond Street Level Patio  *If rain Hammond Street Level Lobby

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Orientation is an integral part of your success as a student at Fitchburg State University whether you are a resident or a commuter. We ask that you make arrangements so that you can attend both summer fall orientation dates. You will be learning important information about the University and meeting other new students.

Even if you plan to commute, orientation is vital to your success at Fitchburg State University. There will be entertainment as well as informal sessions with your orientation leaders throughout the day and evening that you won't want to miss!

While commuter students will stay overnight during summer orientation, you will not be staying overnight during fall orientation.

The orientation staff is here to help anyone and everyone. If you're a very outgoing person or very shy, we're here to assist in making the students comfortable with their new surroundings. Just ask us and we will be glad to make the appropriate accommodations.

Only authorized participants with orientation and the specific session are allowed to be in the campus residence halls. All unauthorized guests will be asked to leave. The overnight guest policies will be in effect after orientation concludes.

For parents/student supporters we are offering the Falcon Night Stay. For the nominal rate of $90 we are providing housing with the ability to accommodate up to 4 people. This low cost will also include your linen packet. Parking is free and a short walk to the main campus. The fee is separate and is not associated with your student’s orientation payment.  Register and pay for your one night stay. 

Please note that your student's housing assignment will be with their summer orientation cohort on the main campus while your accommodations will be in Simonds Hall apartments. Questions regarding the Falcon Night Stay can be directed to Housing and Residential Services at 978.665.3219 or housing@fitchburgstate.edu

According to the University bookstore, the average cost of books for one class can be upwards of $75-$100. Some classes have higher costs than others. Depending on the course load and major, books for a semester can average from $300 to $600. Students receive their schedules at summer orientation and advising sessions, and can view textbook information online at the University bookstore website.

If you are having difficulties with setting up your computer, you can call the IT Help Desk at ext. 4500 from any on-campus phone or off campus at 978.665.4500.

It is indeed safe on campus. We operate our own police force with state trained officers to serve and protect the students and members of the University community. If a student or member of the University community has the desire to go off campus, we suggest using a form of the buddy system to reinforce strength in numbers and promote safety. There is also a nightly Student Security Escort Service so students do not have to walk alone on or around campus. Call boxes directly connected to the Campus Police are located all throughout campus. Security cameras are in the process of being installed as well. For more information, you can visit Campus Police.

In case of an emergency, there is a trained first response Student Rescue Squad on call 24 hours a day during the school year. If there is an emergency, the rescue squad is dispatched by Campus Police. You can reach them by calling ext. 3111 or 978.665.3111. If the issue is not an emergency, students may visit Community Health Connections, with whom we have partnered to provide comprehensive health care services.

Fitchburg State also distributes emergency messages by phone and email through the Fitchburg State Alert system in regards to the following:

  • Campus and regional emergencies
  • Snow closures/delays
  • Campus opening and closing activities

The information for students living on campus is scheduled to arrive at students' homes early in late July/early August.

Please refer to the Housing & Residential Services page for more information.

No, having a car on campus is not necessary. Fitchburg State works with MART (the regional bus system) to provide free transportation throughout Fitchburg and the surrounding towns with your OneCard. Additionally, there is a van service that makes trips Monday through Thursday to destinations within the area of the University. The van stops at just about any place that a university student would need to go. Destinations consist of but are not limited to: movie theaters, The Mall at Whitney Field, local grocery stores, local banks, Walmart, Target, and more. The van service also picks up and drops off students at the Fitchburg train station on weekends. The MBTA commuter rail station is at the end of North Street, less than a half mile from campus.

Once the orientation program has ended there will be many events for students to attend on campus, as well as bus trips to events off campus. Students can see an update of what's going on by checking out the Student Development website.

Orientation Leaders

Orientation Leaders are carefully selected from some of Fitchburg State University's best students. They are there to answer any question you may have and to aid you through the orientation process. The students range from sophomores to seniors. Some are new to the program this year, while others are returning for their second and third years. These students have gone through rigorous training since February and are excited to welcome you into the Fitchburg State University community.

Benjamin Sacramone headshot

Benjamin Sacramone

Staff Assistant
Exercise and Sports Science, 2023

Isabell Sargent headshot

Isabelle Sargent

Staff Assistant
Nursing, 2023

Headshots of all the summer orientation leaders

Row 1:  Kaitlyn Mobilia, Cynthia Laurore, Derek Tirrell, Armando Libier, Mercyline Muma 
Row 2:  Dalicia Rodriguez, Joenys Carrasquillo Martinez, Julia Ciccolini, Sami Dowd, Racheal Lefevre
Row 3:  Cheyenne Coon, Lordorina Hercules, Kaya Scarela, Samantha Bernard, Nana Kumah
Row 4:  Haley Tulip, Olivia Kephart, Steven Hattler, Sean-Michael Hibbert, Tyler Sargent
Row 5:  Sydney Kinz, Jirehla Dushime, Brooke Leger, Ryan Gallagher, Aaron Lehner

Fall Orientation

Updated information coming soon. 

Our orientation programs are designed to prepare our incoming Falcons to get off to a great start in their time at Fitchburg State. These activities will familiarize you with what to expect from your on-campus experiences, from the classroom to the campus center, whether you're living in one of our residence halls or commuting. You will also learn about the array of support services we have created to help you achieve all of your goals at the university.

We are looking forward to your arrival in August. The Falcon Experience will continue to assist you with your transition; introducing resources, reviewing expectations, and providing opportunities to connect with peers. The complete schedule can be found below. 

  • Resident Students - The Great Move-in is August 30. Housing and Residential Service has and will continue to communicate details. Additional information can be found below. Mandatory fall orientation will begin at 2 p.m. on the quad.
  • Commuter Students - Please join the mandatory fall orientation with check-in at 8 a.m., between Russell and Holmes Dining Hall. Additional information has been sent prior to this communication.

All incoming students must complete the on-line orientationLogin here using your Fitchburg State email and password to access. Note that supporters can complete the orientation as a guest. There is a transfer student tract and an English and Spanish version. 

Remember these important dates:

  • Tuesday, August 30 residence halls open for first year students
  • Thursday, September 1 residence halls open for all students
  • Classes begin Friday, September 2
  • Join us for Rock the Block (our student activities fair) tbd
  • Homecoming 2022 tbd

Please call the Office of Student Development at 978.665.3160 with any questions.