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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What and when is FIT Orientation?
New Student Orientation is a week-long mandatory program that runs in the fall semester and a three-day program that runs in the spring semester. The program is designed to help transition you into the academic and student life community at FIT and to New York City. To that end, you will have the opportunity to find out how to academically succeed at FIT as well as meet and engage with other FIT students. Attending college is an exciting chapter in your life and we are excited that you have chosen to become part of the FIT community.

2. Do parents need to stay during the entire Orientation Week?
Parents, guardians, and families of FIT students do not need to stay during Orientation Week. Starting college is a new chapter in students’ lives. It is an exciting and challenging time. Ultimately it is also a time for your student to learn to be self-reliant and independent. For these reasons, we do not encourage you to attend Orientation Week with your student.

3. Is there any session(s) for parents?
Yes! We have a family program especially designed to welcome FIT families. This would be a wonderful opportunity for you to connect with the various Student Success administrators as well as meet with other families also having a similar transitional experience. Please visit our webpage dedicated to the Parent & Family Orientation.

4. If I have an emergency and cannot attend a session, can I skip it? Do I have to report to my Orientation Leader?
If you are unable to attend Orientation or a specific session or program due to an emergency, please reach out to the Department of Student Life (student_life@fitnyc.edu). If your emergency occurs during Orientation, please let your Orientation Leader know so they are aware of your absence and so they can touch base with you to make sure you are caught up on any information that you missed.

5. What time do I have to be at FIT on the first day?
New Student Orientation check in will be Monday, August 20 at 10:30am in the John E. Reeves Great Hall. We encourage students to arrive as close to 8:30am as possible to make sure you are checked in and ready to start the day with your Orientation Leaders and your Orientation Group.

6. How and when do I register for classes?
Course registration at FIT happens prior to New Student Orientation. For more information related to registering for classes, please visit the Registrar’s Office or speak to an academic advisor in the Academic Advisement Center.

7. Do I have to sign in everyday during the Orientation Week? What time should I get there?
Once you check in to Orientation, on Monday, August 20, you do not need to check in again. Once you check in you will receive an Orientation schedule with the specific times and locations of each day’s events. Typically New Student Orientation runs from 9am – 11pm (some sessions on days do start later than 9am and some sessions on days end earlier than 11pm).

8. Can my mom/dad/sibling/friend/significant other/child stay with me during Orientation?
Unfortunately, overnight guest privileges in the residence halls do not start until the first day of classes. If you have individuals that are accompanying you during New Student Orientation, we recommend that they stay at one of recommended hotels in the area.

9. What if I need special accommodations for Orientation?
If you have special accommodations please contact the Department of Student Life (student_life@fitnyc.edu) if your accommodation spans beyond the week of New Student Orientation, please also contact FIT’s Office of Disability Support Services, also known as the FIT-ABLE Office (fitable@fitnyc.edu).