Orientation Questions Answered By the Experts

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As July starts to wind down and the countdown to August 15 begins, you may start to have questions. The Orientation Staff would like to help you transition to Florida Tech and answered questions you may have:

Is Orientation mandatory? When will I receive the Orientation schedule?

Orientation is the key to a successful transition into the University; therefore it is important that you attend each and every day of the program all sessions and programs are mandatory. Highlights from the orientation schedule are posted on the website. A final detailed schedule will be available when you check in the day Orientation begins. Students should not make any plans during Orientation besides attending Orientation activities.

I’m a local student and I’m not living on campus, when do I need to arrive for Orientation?

Refer to the Orientation Schedule for arrival times. All sessions ensure a successful transition into college and are important to your success at college.

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Quad Bedroom

When will I receive my housing information? What size are the beds in the residence halls?

You will receive your housing information via regular mail in July prior to your arrival at Florida Tech. All of the beds in the residence halls are extra long twin. There is also up to 2 feet of storage underneath the beds when the bed is put on the highest level. If you have not received your housing assignments please contact Campus Services at 321-674-8076.

Am I able to move in early? Can I ship some of my items to the school before I arrive?

No, we are unable to provide housing for you if you arrive early. But, please see the “Arriving @ Florida Tech” link on our website for a list of hotels if you need a place to stay for a night or two. Yes, you can ship items to the school. The address is as follows:

Your Name
150 W. University Blvd.
Shipping and Receiving Bldg. 540
Melbourne, Fl. 32901

What do I do if I arrive later than my scheduled check-in?

It is very important that you arrive on campus during your scheduled check-in date but we do understand that things come up.  If you are unable to make it for your scheduled check-in date, once you get to campus please come to the Denius Student Center, 2nd Floor to the Office of Student Life. If you arrive after hours, please go to the Office of Security located in the 1st floor of Shaw Hall.

Are freshmen allowed to have cars on campus? Is it a good idea to bring my bike?

Yes, freshmen are allowed to have cars on campus and parking permits can be purchased during Orientation. You can get a decal for $80 and a Panther Plate for $40. Many of the students on campus have bikes and there are many bike racks around campus to park your bike. Our Security Department recommends a “U-Lock” for your bike.

When will I get a list of books so I can buy books for my classes? Can I use my Barnes and Noble Gift Card at the campus bookstore?

You will know what books to buy when you receive your class schedule during Orientation week. The campus bookstore sells both used and new books for you to buy. There will also be an information session by the bookstore during the week of Orientation. The campus bookstore is a Barnes and Noble, so you may use your Barnes and Noble card when purchasing your books for classes. Also, our bookstore is offering a new parent-student card. You may find out more information here: Parent-Student card.

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ATM outside the SUB

Is there an ATM on campus? Will there be a bank representative present during Orientation?

Yes, we have two ATMs on campus and both are with PNC Bank. The first ATM is located outside of the Denius Student Center by the elevator, and the second ATM is located in the Panther Dining Hall lobby. We will have a representative from PNC Bank present during Orientation. The representative will also return to campus and be present in the Student Union Building during the first week of classes.

I’m an international student and would like contact information of other international students at the school.

Please contact Judy Brooke, who is the Director of International Student and Scholar Services. Her email is: jbrooke@fit.edu.

You can find more answers to your questions s at Florida Tech’s Student Orientation page and the Class of 2020’s Facebook page!

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