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Fall Orientation - The Falcon Experience

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 Monday, Aug. 30. Housing and Residential Service has and will continue to communicate details. Additional information can be found belowMandatory fall orientation will begin at 2 p.m. on the quad.
  • Commuter Students - Please join the mandatory fall orientation on Tuesday, Aug. 31 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 orientation by Monday Aug. 30. Login 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:

  • Classes begin Thursday, Sept. 2
  • Join us for Rock the Block (our student activities fair) Tuesday, Sept. 7
  • Homecoming 2021 will be celebrated Friday, Oct. 1 to Sunday, Oct. 3

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

Fall Orientation Schedule

Monday, Aug. 30

  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. - The Great Move-In (Civic Center, residence halls)
  • 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. - The Falcon Nest BBQ (Quad)
  • 2 p.m. - Small Group Meetings//Falcon Experience begins (campuswide)
  • 5:30 p.m. - Dinner (Holmes Dining Commons)
  • 7 p.m. - After the Fire (Weston Auditorium)
  • 9 p.m. - Residence Hall floor meetings

Tuesday, Aug. 31

  • 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. - New Student Breakfast (Holmes Dining Commons)
  • 8 a.m. - Commuter Check-in  (Holmes Dining Commons)
  • 9:30 a.m. - Official Welcome (Weston Auditorium)
  • 9:45 a.m. - Small Group Introductions (campuswide)
  • 11 a.m. - Concurrent Session I
  • Escalation (Groups A and B), (Weston Auditorium and classrooms)
  • Library 101 (Group C) (Library)
  • Student Life (Group D) (Hammond G01)
  • 12:30 p.m. - Lunch (Holmes Dining Commons)
  • 2 p.m. - Class Picture (Quad)
  • 2:45 p.m. - Concurrent Session II
    • Escalation (Groups C and D), (Weston Auditorium and classrooms)
    • Library 101 (Group A) (Library)
    • Student Life (Group B) (Hammond G01)
  • 4:30 p.m. - Small Group Check-in
  • 5 p.m. Dinner (Holmes Dining Commons)
  • 7 p.m. - Club Hammond (Hammond Hall)

Wednesday, Sept. 1

  • 8 a.m. - Breakfast (Holmes Dining Commons)
  • 9:30 a.m. - Concurrent Session III
    • Campus Safety (Groups A and B) (Weston Auditorium)
    • Alcohol/Other Drugs/Wellness (Group C) (Hammond Main Lounge)
    • I am Fitchburg (Group D) (Hammond G01)
  • 11:30 a.m. - Small Group Check-in (campuswide)
  • 12 p.m. - Lunch (Holmes Dining Commons)
  • 1:30 p.m. Concurrent Session IV
    • Campus Safety (Groups C and D) (Weston Auditorium)
    • Alcohol/Other Drugs/Wellness (Group A) (Hammond Main Lounge)
    • I am Fitchburg (Group B) (Hammond G01)
  • 3:45 p.m. Rotating Session I
    • Building Habits of Academic Success (Groups A and B) (Weston Auditorium)
    • Digital Literacy/Financial Literacy (Groups C and D) (Kent Recital Hall)
  • 4:30 p.m. Rotating Session II
    • Building Habits of Academic Success (Groups C and D) (Weston Auditorium)
    • Digital Literacy/Financial Literacy (Groups A and B) (Kent Recital Hall)
  • 5:30 p.m. Dinner (Holmes Dining Commons)
  • 8 p.m. Welcome Back Event (Quad)

Summer Orientation

Each single-day orientation session will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A continental breakfast and lunch will be included, and our family program will be run simultaneously. 

  • Session I: Monday, June 14
  • Session II: Tuesday, June 15
  • Session III: Thursday, June 17
  • Session IV: Monday, June 21
  • Session V: Tuesday, June 22
  • Session VI: Thursday, June 24
  • Session VII: Friday, June 25
  • Session VIII: Monday, Aug. 16
  • 8 a.m. - Check-in at Hammond Hall Street level
  • 9 a.m. - Welcome at Weston Auditorium with Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs Alberto Cardelle and Vice President for Student Affairs Laura Bayless
  • 10:15 a.m. - Student Services panel discussion at Weston Auditorium
    • Including Disability Services, Counseling Services, Health and Wellness, Academic Support Services, Career Services and Advising, Tutoring, and International Education
  • 11:15 a.m. - Break
  • 11:30 a.m. - Student Success discussion at Weston Auditorium
  • 12:15 p.m. - Lunch at Holmes Dining Commons
  • 1:15 p.m. - Housing and Residential Services discussion at Weston Auditorium
    • Commuter Affairs discussion at Randall Lecture Hall (Antonucci Science Complex)
  • 2 p.m. - Break
  • 2:15 p.m. - Introduction to Web4 at Weston Auditorium
  • 3 p.m. - Break
  • 3:15 p.m. - Meet and Greet with academic deans, department chairs, and librarians
  • 4:15 p.m. - Small group meetings with orientation leaders
  • 5 p.m. - Depart
  • 8 a.m. - Check-in at Hammond Hall Main Lounge
  • 9 a.m. - Welcome at Kent Recital Hall
  • 9:15 a.m. - Academic Life panel on Student Success at Kent Recital Hall
  • 10:30 a.m. - Housing and Residential Services panel discussion at Kent Recital Hall
    • Commuter Affairs discussion at Randall Lecture Hall (Antonucci Science Complex)
  • 11:30 a.m. - Small Group meetings with orientation leaders
  • 1:15 p.m. - Lunch with orientation leaders at Holmes Dining Commons
  • 2 p.m. - Campus Safety discussion at Kent Recital Hall
  • 3 p.m. - Break
  • 3:15 p.m. - Student Life Panel at Kent Recital Hall
    • Including Counseling Services, Disability Services, Health and Wellness, and Chartwells dining services
  • 4:15 p.m. - Small group meetings with orientation leaders