New Student Next Steps
Checklist for Incoming Students
Once an admitted student pays their deposit, there are many important next steps to ensure successful preparation before the semester begins. Below is a checklist to help students and families throughout the enrollment process. Please read each checklist item carefully, and complete it if applicable to you. Be mindful of important dates and deadlines!
Big Blue Student Success Guide
Family Enrollment Guide
We are here to help with questions you may have regarding the New Student Checklist or your transition to Fredonia. We highly encourage you to email any questions or concerns to email@example.com as this will be monitored regularly.
MyFRED is a student's personal Fredonia webpage. This page gives access to all of a students digital tools that are offered including Your Connection, FREDmail, and OnCourse, as well as easy acess to helpful office resources. You can even customize it so the Fredonia webpages you use the most are always in front of you. How-to use MyFRED
Your Connection is a key Fredonia digital tool for students. This account is where you can access many of these “Next Steps” checklist items to complete prior to enrolling at Fredonia. It is vital that the student be the one to log into this account because it contains FERPA protected information and so they may become comfortable using it. This account will be used by students to register for classes in the future, view their grades, view and pay their eBill, and more. To access this account, a student will need their Fredonia ID# and PIN, which is provided at the time of acceptance.
If you are having trouble locating your Fredonia ID# and PIN or your account has been locked, please contact the Office of Admissions to have it reset.
Your $100 deposit reserves your space in the incoming class. This deposit covers your residence hall deposit ($50) and your academic deposit ($50).
Fall Deposit Date: June 1* (or 30-days from the date of acceptance, but no later than 7 days prior to the start of class). This date has been extended from May 1 to June 1 due to the COVID-19 pandemic
Spring Deposit Date: December 1 (or 30-days from the date of acceptance, but no later than 7 days prior to the start of classes)
PAY HERE --> YOUR CONNECTION
Here, we run on Google. Make sure to log into your new FREDMail (Gmail) Account.
It is very important to log into your FREDMail account daily to stay up-to-date on critical information while you are a student at Fredonia. You can find your login credentials in Your Connection under your Personal Information Tab and clicking on the View Usernames & Passwords link. You will see your eServices User ID and Password under the usernames and passwords area.
Your eServices User ID and Password also allow you to do the following:
- Check your FREDmail (email account)
- Confirm your meal plan through the myFSA link
- Log into computers on campus
- Use Library resources
- Access class materials through OnCourse
Plan to live on campus?
The Housing Application allows you to rank your living preferences. Log into Your Connection using your Fredonia ID# and PIN. Then, select the "Student" tab and then the MyHousing link to complete the application!
If you'd like, you may choose your own roommate!
Students will be able to pick roommates during a specific window of time either by name or other variables such as major, age, etc. Log into Your Connection and into your My Housing Profile. Make sure to check your FREDmail account to know when you may complete roommate matching.
We build your first semester course schedule for you!
The Academic Advising Office creates a preliminary course schedule for every new student based on a completed Course Interest Survey. Directions on how to complete this survey are emailed to a students FREDmail account.
You will also receive an email notification to your FREDmail account that your course schedule is ready to view! Schedule adjustments may only be made at New Student Orientation for spring entry, and at a Jump Start Enrollment Day for fall entry.
The 2020 Jump Start Enrollment program will take place online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Jump Start Enrollment Program is a two-step online process this summer to accommodate social distancing requirements.
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 this 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.
STEP 2: ACADEMIC ADVISING APPOINTMENT
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.
FREDTalks for Parents/Guardians
The Office of New Student and Transition Programs will be hosting optional online workshops that will feature helpful information about how to complete enrollment steps and address common transition questions. The workshops will include a short informational session with time to address questions and answers. Topics will review items like course registration, financial aid, bill payment, preparing to live on campus or be a commuter, etc.
How will you finance your education?
All students who have completed a FAFSA and are accepted to Fredonia will receive a Financial Aid Award Letter. This letter outlines the financial assistance available to you at Fredonia. Please follow the instructions on the Award Letter to accept OR decline federal work study and student loans in Your Connection. Questions regarding this process can be directed to the Office of Financial Aid at (716) 673-3253.
Loan Agreement & Entrance Counseling
If you have decided to accept any student loans that were offered to you on your award letter, you must complete a loan agreement and entrance counseling on the studentloans.gov website.
A percentage of students are selected for a Financial Aid process called Verification. If you are selected, you will need to provide the necessary information to the Financial Aid Office. Students should monitor their FREDmail account, as well as the mail for more information or contact the Financial Aid Office directly.
All students must send in a copy of their Immunization Records to LoGrasso Student Health Center prior to August 15 for Fall entry and prior to January 22 for Spring entry. Additionally, students must complete a digital Meningitis Survey located in their Your Connection account.
IMPORTANT TIP: Many students who plan to enter during a Fall semester bring their Immunization Records to a Jump Start Enrollment Day or for a Spring semester entry, students may bring their records to New Student Orientation.
Fall Entry Due Date: August 15
Spring Entry Due Date: January 22
We need proof that you graduated, and any coursework you may have completed for college credit.
We must receive final official transcripts with a graduation date showing successful completion of your current studies. You will also want to send any AP, IB, CLEP or college coursework you have completed in High School. All official college transcripts and test scores can be addressed directly to:
Meal Plan Confirmation
All incoming students must log into their MyFSA account with their eServices username & password to confirm their meal plan. Once confirmed, it will be listed on the eBill for payment. First semester resident (living on-campus) First-Year Students are required to maintain Plan 1.
Your Electronic BILL is due -- don't be late!
Fredonia does not send out paper billing statements; however, students desiring a paper statement can print their own through the TouchNet eBill system. When your bill is available to view, you will receive an email notification to your FREDmail account. It can be paid through TouchNet, and accessed through Your Connection. You may visit the Student Accounts Office website for more information on how to pay your eBill.
Fall Entry Due Date: August 15
Spring Entry Due Date: February 15
Ready to Move-In?
New students move into their campus residence halls on:
Spring 2020 - Sunday, January 19 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Fall 2020 - Starting approximately August 15 (more details will be provided soon)
Get "Fredonia-Ready" at New Student Orientation
New Student Orientation consists of workshops, activities, and events to assist students in preparing to live and learn on campus. There are both optional and mandatory sessions. Program components include:
- 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
Update Your Technology
- Refer to the ITS site for help at www.fredonia.edu/its/getting-started
- Get rid of any illegally downloaded copyright materials (music, videos, movies, etc.)
- View Fredonia's policies and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act at www.fredonia.edu/its/dmca
- Upload antivirus software /its/virus
- Install all computer operating system critical & security updates instructions on how to get your mobile devices ready at www.fredonia.edu/its/fredapps
- Before you arrive on campus, please review the student technology recommendations brochure and resources from various departments.
Consent & Respect
"Consent and Respect” is an online alcohol, drug, and sexual assault education course that is required of all new students at Fredonia. Log-in instructions will be emailed to each student's FREDmail account prior to the start of the semester and must complete the module by either September 30 for the Fall semester or February 28 for the Spring semester. Failure to complete the module may result in a hold being placed on your account.
Fall Due Date: September 30
Spring Due Date: February 28
All students must complete the Enrollment Verification survey available in their Your Connection account prior to the 15th day of classes. This verification survey is something that all students must complete every semester that they are enrolled at Fredonia. Not completing this survey could result in their courses being dropped from their schedule.
Fall Due Date: September 11
Spring Due Date: February 1