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New Student Orientation Programs



Accepted students should watch for NEXT STEP emails for critical enrollment information!

New Student Orientation Spring 2021

Info for new students entering Spring 2021 will be posted in October!

2020 New Student Transition Programs

The Office of New Student and Transition Programs is here to help your transition to the Big Blue Fredonia Family and complete all your enrollment items and action steps.  Each semester we plan a required New Student Orientation for all incoming students (first-year and transfer) that takes place right before classes start.   For new students entering in the fall semester, we also host summer programs to complete your academic course registration requirements.  Once a student submits their deposit, our office will send detailed information appropriate to them.

  • Details about the Spring 2021 New Student Orientation Program will be posted by November 2020.
  • Details about the Fall 2021 Jump Start Enrollment Program and New Student Orientation will be posted after December 1, 2020.

Jump Start Enrollment Program

Thank you to all those new students who completed the Fall 2020 Jump Start Enrollment Program!  Remember, you can always go back into OnCourse and view the important information shared in the FREDReady 2020 Mini-Course throughout the semester.

Jump Start is the first step of orientation for new undergraduate first-year and transfer students!  Due to COVID-19,  Fall 2020 students will complete Jump Start and course registration advisement virtually. 

  • Jump Start is a required experience that enables students to complete the items necessary to be enrolled in the fall semester.
    • STEP 1: FREDReady2020 MINI-COURSE

      The first step is to complete an online mini-course within a student’s OnCourse group called “FREDReady2020.” Students can do this at their own pace and must complete the course before July 22. FREDReady2020 helps students learn how to complete many necessary enrollment items, as well as provides other important information regarding becoming a Fredonia student.  The last lesson they complete in the mini-course provides them with a checklist to keep them on track and information about basic technology requirements.  Log-in instructions:

      • Got to www.fredonia.edu
      • Click on the “myFred” link
      • Click on the “OnCourse” button at the top of the page
      • Log into OnCourse using your e-Services username and password (just like you would for FREDmail)
      • Once in OnCourse, click on Groups  
      • Click on FREDReady 2020

    Students will have an opportunity to meet virtually with an academic advisor to finalize or to make any necessary changes to their fall course schedule. Once a student completes the “Tools for Learning” lesson within the FREDReady2020 course, they will be sent an email with a link to sign up for an individual academic advising appointment with an advisor in their major. 

July/August Transition Checklist

The Office of New Student and Transition Programs will host a series of OPTIONAL webinars for parents about common transition items throughout the summer.  These online sessions will feature a short presentation of information, with time for questions and answers.  Featured topics include:

  • Academic Course Registration Tools & Review
  • Campus Information (Residence Life, Student Activities, Financial Aid, Student Accounts (billing), Health and Safety Resources)
  • Tips and advice from current Fredonia students

New Student Orientation and Move-In


Move-In will take place over several days starting August 15, 2020.  Students have been assigned a specific date and time for when they are able to move their belongings into their residence hall. This information can be found in the move-in schedule and instructions below, as well as a helpful Move-In Guide!


New Student Orientation

Participating in New Student Orientation is required for all new first-year and transfer students.  New Student Orientation will take place between August 16 - August 23, ensuring that they are prepared for classes to begin on Monday, August 24.  A full schedule of activities will be shared by email to students!  There is not a Parents/Guardian Orientation offered during New Student Orientation, but you are welcome to visit with offices, take a tour, and meet with staff members during Move-In.  

New Student Orientation highlights include:

  • An official introduction to the campus community
  • Academic Advising sessions
  • Navigate the campus spaces (find classrooms, dining halls, etc.)
  • Exposure to academic and personal support services
  • Build relationship networks
  • Participate in campus traditions

New Student Orientation Requirements

All new students must complete these four mandatory enrollment items as a part of their New Student Orientation experience between August 16 - August 23.

1. NSO SESSION: Attend a New Student Orientation (NSO) Session either in-person or virtually. Students must REGISTER ONLINE for their session.

2. CULTURAL AWARENESS TRAINING: Complete the Cultural Awareness Training within the FREDReady2020 mini-course in their OnCourse account.

3. CONSENT & RESPECT MODULE: Complete the online Consent & Respect Module that will be sent to a student's FREDmail account.

4. ENROLLMENT VERIFICATION: Complete the Enrollment Verification questionnaire in a student's Your Connection account.

Need Help?

Please contact Erin Mroczka, New Student and Transition Programs at Erin.Mroczka@fredonia.edu or (716) 673-4969 with any questions you may have.


Logging into Your Connection.
Enter your User Name: Your F ID
Enter your  Password: Your date of birth mmddyy (if this is your first time logging in)
The system will walk you through a process to change your password and protect your account.
It is important that you are able to log on and access your account. You will need to register for orientation, complete your course interest survey, download health information, and review your preliminary schedule through this system.

Checking your FREDMail (Fredonia email)
To begin, find your e-services username and password in Your Connection

Log into Your Connection using your Fredonia ID and Pin
Click the Personal Information Tab
Click View Your User ID and Password
Your username and password will be listed under the Student IDs and Passwords section
Go to the FREDMail link found at myFRED that is posted at the top of the Fredonia homepage: www.fredonia.edu
Enter your eservices Username and Password

If you have difficulty with your eServices username and password:
Follow the instructions above but, after you click on “View your User IDs and Passwords” under the Student IDs and Passwords section
Click on “To Reset your Passwords”
Click Next and follow directions then try logging into email at www.fredonia.edu (click on the envelope icon at the top right side of the page)

Before June 1
Pay your deposit
Please note: Once you make your deposit it will take 48 hours before the Your Connection link will be ready

Starting 48 hours after your deposit has been processed
Log into Your Connection and FREDMail
Tip: Your Connection and FREDMail use different usernames and passwords.  Your Connection uses your F-Number and FREDMail uses your e-services username. Find your e-services log-in information in Your Connection so you can access your Fredonia email and

Residence Life Information
Complete your housing application if you plan on living on campus in Your Connection
Click Here to view a tutorial on how to complete the application

View and understand your Financial Aid

View your preliminary Course Schedule

Complete the Jump Start Enrollment Program 

Prior to August 1
Complete your Health Information for Incoming Students
This must be done before you can go to classes!

Send in your Final Transcripts
We must receive final transcripts showing successful completion of your current studies. First-year transcripts should be sent directly from the high school. You will also need to send any AP, IB, CLEP or college coursework you have completed in High School.

Mentor/Leader Applications 2021

The hiring process for Mentors and Leaders for Summer/Fall 2021 will begin in February 2021.  Please direct any questions to orientation@fredonia.edu.

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