New Student Orientation - Everything You Need to Know

New Student Orientation

Welcome to the Phoenix family! We’re excited that you have chosen Florida Poly as your home for the next four years. 

  Live On-Campus Orientation

Live On-Campus Orientation for all Spring 2023 newly admitted students will take place in person on Sunday, January 8, 2023.

Register by December 23, 2022.


We’re ready to welcome you to campus and the Florida P.O.L.Y. New Student Orientation is the first step in your transition to becoming a Phoenix. New Student Orientation is Florida Poly’s way to help students start strong and ensure a connection with and understanding of the Florida Poly experience.

Spring 2023 New Student Orientation for Incoming Students

The Florida P.O.L.Y. New Student Orientation for new students includes virtual and on campus components. It is designed to acclimate new students and their guests to what it means to be a Phoenix. Students can expect to become better acquainted with the academic environment at Florida Poly, the support services available, the traditions, and the campus itself. In addition, students will meet campus student leaders, faculty, and administrators.

Your first New Student Orientation program is the virtual Pre-Orientation Canvas course. This course will set you up for success before you arrive to Florida Poly, providing you with important information about being a Florida Poly Phoenix. On Friday, Dec. 5, 2022 all new, incoming students will receive an invitation to the Pre-Orientation Canvas course. This invitation will be sent directly to your Florida Poly student email address. We ask students to complete this course before Live On-Campus Orientation on January 8th, 2023.

To set you up for academic success and create a class schedule, you need to sign up for your Online Academic Advising Appointment.

Please use the following link to create an appointment with Jimmy Surin,

All appointments must be completed by December 16th, 2022. 

If you have any questions about registering for your mandatory Online Academic Advising Appointment, please contact Jimmy Surin.

To gain familiarity with Florida Poly's campus life, culture, and involvement opportunities, you will be assigned an Orientation Leader. This OL is an upperclassman who serves as student leader on campus. Between December 5, 2022 and December 23, 2022 expect a phone call and email from your Orientation Leader. Answer your phone, as this is a great time to ask your individual questions to a fellow Florida Poly student. 

If you have any questions about your Online Orientation Leader Appointment, please contact Melanie Morenz

Start off your academic journey at Florida Poly right and participate in the mandatory in-person Live-On Campus Orientation. 

Live On-Campus Orientation will take place in-person on Sunday, January 8th, 2023 for all Spring 2023 new, incoming Florida Poly undergraduate students.

All undergraduate students are required to attend Live On-Campus Orientation before spring classes begin. A primary goal during Live On-Campus Orientation is to assist students and their families with the transition to attending and experiencing Florida Poly. The New Student & Family Programs team is dedicated to ensuring our new students are supported throughout their first semesters as a Phoenix. During Live On-Campus Orientation, you will learn about the Florida Poly curriculum and expectations, receive information on a variety of student services, explore ways to get involved with groups and events on campus, meet faculty and staff who will support your academic journey, and make new friends while starting the foundation of your Florida Poly school spirit.

For more information regarding Live On-Campus Orientation, please contact Melanie Morenz

Throughout the spring semester, Orientation Leaders will conduct a couple check-ins with their Live On-Campus Orientation new student groups. These check-ins are meant to ensure the ongoing success for all new students at Florida Poly. 

Parent/Family Resources

As your student begins to make their transition to Florida Poly, we know that this will be a period of transition for you as well.

At Florida Poly, we consider parents and families to be partners in ensuring their student’s success. As partners, we look forward to working together with you to help you learn more about the college and get you involved in supporting the many programs and services Florida Poly has to offer.

The New Student & Family Programs team is excited to welcome our new Phoenix parents and families to Florida Poly! Parents and families are a vital part of their student’s transition to the university, and we value the support you will provide your student throughout their time at Florida Poly. This support begins with attending Parent & Family Orientation. Parent & Family Orientation allows you to learn about everything Florida Poly has to offer and to ask questions of other parents and family members, current students, university staff, and administrators. 

Parent & Family Orientation will occur in Fall 2023 for all new Florida Poly parents and family members. 

Be sure to plan ahead to spend the Family Day on campus with your Phoenix.

Check out the webpage devoted exclusively to new parents and families to learn how you can stay connected.

Before You Come to Campus

Please make sure you have completed the following information before you arrive for orientation.

Work with your admissions counselor to complete your Florida Residency and Enrollment Verification.

Complete your Student Immunization History Form and Medical History Form.

If applicable, send official transcripts from all high schools and colleges previously attended to Florida Poly, Office of Admissions, 4700 Research Way, Lakeland, FL, 33805.

  • Have the appropriate testing services send AP/IB/AICE test scores to Florida Poly, Office of Admissions, 4700 Research Way, Lakeland, FL, 33805.
    • Federal code is 042634
    • SAT codes is 7303
    • ACT code is 2869

Learn more about the housing options on campus, including how you can submit your application.

Submit a selfie for your student ID.

Activate your Florida Poly account (using the link provided in the “Welcome to Florida Poly” email you received).

Didn’t get the email, or deleted it by mistake? Request a copy of the email.

Make sure you know your university email address and password. If you are having trouble accessing your university email, contact your admissions counselor.

Required Online Trainings

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All new Florida Poly students are required to complete a Hazing Prevention course prior to the start of classes each August. The online course, which takes about 45 minutes to complete, includes information on how to recognize, prevent, and report hazing. Students should log into the course using their university username and password. The course is required by state law and University Policy 3.0062P: Anti Hazing Policy.

This online course provides training on a variety of topics.  This training includes topics on Alcohol, Other Drugs, Consent and Sexual Violence. We want each student to have the knowledge and skills to be a safe, understanding and enjoy an inclusive community. It is our goal to provide information that helps to create a safe living, learning, and working environment.

The training will be sent with a personalized link sent directly to your Florida Poly student email address. You must use your Florida Poly student email and the direct link as each link is set to each individual. The training modules are self-paced and will take around 40-45 minutes to complete.

For technical support contact Get Inclusive.

Handshake is a great tool that allows for you to connect with employers, peers at other universities, and schedule appointments with the Career Office. A number of students have been able to get amazing internships and full-time jobs on this great platform.

It is required that all Florida Poly students have a Handshake account. Make your Handshake profile today!

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