Orientation Guide, College at Florham

Welcome to College at Florham, FDU!

Congratulations on your decision to attend Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham. This page is designed to guide you through your first steps as a student at Fairleigh Dickinson. It also provides information on the New Student Orientation and other areas of interest as you prepare to begin your Fairleigh Dickinson Experience!

Each summer, the College at Florham offers several overnight Orientation Sessions for newly admitted, full-time undergraduates. Attendance at one Orientation Session is mandatory for all new students, including commuter and transfer students. During your overnight Orientation Session, you will have the opportunity to meet students, staff and faculty in your major. This is a great time to ask questions about anything at Fairleigh Dickinson University. You will also have many opportunities to get to know other new students through engaging presentations, activites, campus tours and much more!

Orientation Success

There are a few things you need to know about the program before arriving on campus.

During your orientation session, you will be housed in Hamilton Twombly Hall.  The Twomblys are air conditioned, double occupancy, traditional residence halls. Only the assigned student will be able to remain in the residence hall which will be staffed with Resident Assistants as well as on-call professional staff during all Orientation Sessions.

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Regardless of whether you drive yourself, get dropped off, or come with your family, there will be plenty of parking during your orientation session.

Please contact the Office of Campus Life at orientation@fdu.edu or call (973) 443-8582 if you have any questions or in the event of extenuating circumstances which prohibits you from attending your orientation session.

Family & Guests

Guests are welcomed to join us for the family orientation session to be held during the first day of each program.  The family session will begin at the same time as the student session and will conclude before 5pm. Please limit your guests to 2 as space is limited. Unfortunatly, overnight accommodations are not provided for family members.  They may choose to stay at one of the local hotels.

Living on Campus

Believe it or not, more than 88% of first year students live on campus.  This creates a dynamic and diverse community which allows all members to enhance their college experience.

Although we cannot hope to replace your home, we do try to provide a comfortable, safe and fun living environment for you while you pursue your studies.  While living in the residence halls, your room will come to mean many things for you.  It will provide an opportunity to forge new and long lasting friendships, interact with students and staff from various  backgrounds and cultures and become a place where college memories will be made.

By far, one of the biggest anxieties faced by new college students is the challenge of living with a new roommate. If you are like most students, this will be the first time sharing your personal living space with another person, let alone a complete stranger! Take time at your orientation to get to know your classmates. This is the perfect opportunity to meet a potential new roommate. If you find someone you click with at your orientation session, the office of campus life can provide you with a roommate request form to arrange placement together for the fall semester.

Even if you don’t meet someone at your orientation, your roommate is only a phone call away.  Once you receive your housing packet in early August, you will have contact information for your new roommate.

While it’s the easy thing to do, don’t simply surf to your new roommate’s Facebook page and decide whether or not you’re a good match! Remember, it takes time to build any relationship. In the weeks leading up to the semester, take time to talk to your new roommate.  Get to know their story and expectations.  Communicate your needs.  And of course, don’t forget to ask who is going to bring the refrigerator.
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First Year Student Parking

First Year students now have the ability to apply for a parking pass during the school year. If you are interested in bringing your car to campus, fill out the application on the Public Safety website. Remember, everyone is welcome to bring a car to summer orientation.


FDU Orientations

College at Florham, Traditional Freshmen

For information about orientation sessions at the College at Florham, please call the Office of Campus Life at 973-443-8582.

Education Opportunity Fund (EOF Program)

First year students who are participating in the EOF Program are required to atend a month long pre-college residency program. For more information please contact the EOF Office at 973-443-8566.

International Students

For information about international student orientation sessions, please see International Student Services pages.

Metropolitan Campus Freshmen

Looking for orientation information for the Teaneck and Hackensack campus? Visit FDU Metropolitan Campus New Student Orientation or call Dean of Students office at (201)-692-2190.