Students holding up t-shirts at orientation outside in front of Hammond Hall

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. The Falcon Experience will continue to assist you with your transition; introducing resources, reviewing expectations, and providing opportunities to connect with peers.

Fall Orientation - Falcon Experience

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 be on the quad.

Commuter Students - Please join the mandatory fall orientation. Additional information has been sent prior to this communication.

All incoming students must complete the on-line orientation. You use 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) on Tuesday, September 6 (rain date 9/8)
  • October 21-23 Homecoming 2022

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

Time Event Location
9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The Great Move-In Civic Center, Resident Halls, Hammond
11 a.m. Light Lunch Hammond Street Level
4 p.m.   The Falcon Nest BBQ Quad
6 p.m. Small Group Meetings Campus wide *If rain in classrooms
7 p.m.     After the Fire Weston Auditorium
9 p.m. Resident Hall Floor Meetings Resident Halls
10 p.m.     Residence Life Social Resident Halls


Time Event Location
7:30 - 9 a.m. New Student Breakfast Holmes Dining Hall
8 a.m. Commuter Check-in and Parking Permits Holmes Dining Hall
9:30 a.m. Official Welcome Weston Auditorium
9:45 a.m.        Small Group Introductions Campus wide (meet on the quad)
  Rotating Sessions I  
11 a.m.       Harm Reduction/Self-Care (Group A) G01
  I am Fitchburg (Group B) Main Lounge
      Library 101 (Group C) Library
  Student Life (Group D) Ellis White Lecture Hall
12 p.m.        Lunch Holmes Dining Hall
1 p.m. Web4/DegreeWorks Holmes Dining Hall
  Rotating Sessions II  
1:30 p.m.      Harm Reduction/Self-Care (Group D) G01
  I am Fitchburg (Group A) Main Lounge
  Library 101 (Group B) Library
  Student Life (Group C) Ellis White Lecture Hall
3 p.m.   Break  
  Rotating Session III  
3:30 p.m. Harm Reduction/Self-Care (Group C) G01
  I am Fitchburg (Group D) Main Lounge
  Library 101 (Group A) Library
  Student Life (Group B) Ellis White Lecture Hall
  Rotating Session IV  
4:30 p.m. Harm Reduction/Self-Care (Group B) G01
  I am Fitchburg (Group C) Main Lounge
  Library 101 (Group D) Library
  Student Life (Group A) Ellis White Lecture Hall
5:30 p.m. Dinner  
7  - 10 p.m.  Club Hammond Hammond Hall
Time Event Location
8 a.m. Breakfast Holmes Dining Hall
  Concurrent Session I  
9:30 a.m. Escalation (Groups A/B) Classrooms in Percival Hall
  Campus Safety/CRASE (Groups C/D) Weston Auditorium
11 a.m. Goose Chase Campus wide
12 p.m.     Lunch Holmes Dining Hall
  Concurrent Session II  
1:30 p.m. Escalation (Groups C/D) Classrooms in Percival
   Campus Safety/CRASE (Groups A/B) Weston Auditorium
3 p.m. Ice Cream Break Antonucci Lawn
4 p.m. Building Habits of Academic Success Weston Auditorium
4:45 p.m. Class Picture Quad
5:30 p.m. Dinner Holmes Dining Hall
8 p.m. Welcome Back Event Quad


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 and fall orientation dates. You will be learning important information about the University and meeting other new students.

  • Pillow
  • Twin XL sheets and a blanket or sleeping bag
  • Fan (it can get warm)
  • Toothbrush and toiletries
  • Pen and notebook - optional to take notes
  • Shower towel and hand towel

Note that we strongly encourage students, family, and friends to COVID test prior to attending your orientation session. If you test positive, please do not attend and contact us to schedule a different session. We are also asking all students and guests to please bring a mask with you. You will be asked to wear them in certain locations. 

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. 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

Summer Orientation

Thank you to everyone who attended our summer orientation sessions.