International Student Orientation: Fall 2016
Orientation Schedule
Download the agenda here.

Schedule as of June 23, 2016
Location: Interdisciplinary Resource Center (IRC 134)
(Schedule is subject to change)

All events are mandatory. All absences must be approved by Lisa vonReichbauer PRIOR to the event.

For any questions or concerns contact: Lisa vonReichbauer, Asst. Director, LisavonReichbauer@ferris.edu | mobile: 231-287-7483

Travel Arrangement Notification:
Please complete the travel form to notify us of your arrival plans.

Saturday, August 20  -  Monday, August 22

Shuttles:

Saturday, August 20

10:00am, 7:00pm, & 11:00pm

Sunday, August 21

10:00am, 7:00pm, & 11:00pm

Monday, August 22

10:00am, 7:00pm, & 11:00pm

Please visit our orientation webpage to submit your travel arrangements and visa confirmation here

Student Shuttle Services

Students will be picked up by Office of International Education Student Assistants at the Information Desk at the Grand Rapids Airport, bus station or train station and be taken to a hotel in Big Rapids.

  • Please remember that you must let our office know your arrival information as soon as possible.
  • Shuttles will only be offered during these designated times. Please wait until the next shuttle arrives if possible.
  • If your flight comes in on a day other than listed above contact Lisa vonReichbauer (LisavonReichbauer@ferris.edu) to see if we can arrange a shuttle for you. If a shuttle is not available, or you choose alternate transportation, you are responsible for your own transportation to Big Rapids, as well as any cost (approximately $150 for a taxi).
  • A block of rooms have been reserved at Quality Inn & Suites, just a few minutes walking distance from campus. Call (231)592-5150 to reserve a room. The cost is $59 + tax per night. If you share a room, the cost will be $29.50/night per person. This cost includes breakfast in the morning. If you want a roommate, Quality Inn can assign you a roommate if one is available when you check-in.

Departure Location: Information Desk, Gerald R. Ford International Airport Grand Rapids, Michigan

Tuesday, August 23

7:30 – 8:15am

Shuttle Pick Up from The Quality Inn & Suites

We will pick you up at Quality Inn and drive you to Campus for orientation.

Quality Inn & Suites - meet in the hotel lobby

8am

Student Check-In (mandatory)

Please arrive on time with all of your immigration documents. The following items will be addressed throughout the day:

  • Submission of immigration documents.
  • Computer sign-in information.
  • Ferris ID.
  • Housing on campus. When signing a contract, a $200 deposit must be made for residence halls or a $400 deposit for apartments or suites.
  • Tuition deposit of at least $3500 - Ferris accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express (transaction subject to 2.75% service fee) in addition to cash, money orders, cashier’s checks, and traveler’s checks, which have no fees.
  • Wire transfers are also available through PeerTransfer. Log in to MyFSU to pay your bill through PeerTransfer: www.peertransfer.com

IRC 134

(Interdisciplinary Resource Center)

9am

Welcome to Ferris State University Presentation (mandatory)

  • Introduction to Office of International Education Staff
  • Overview of orientation schedule
  • Breakout into groups with student leaders

IRC 120

10:00 - 11:30am

Housing, Dining and Tuition Overview (mandatory)

Introduction to housing, dining, and tuition costs. This session will prepare students to choose an on-campus housing and dining option, calculate their semester tuition bill and understand the total amount due today (25%) and total amount due for the entire semester. Students are not required to live on-campus but it is strongly recommended by the Office of International Education. On-campus housing and dining contracts are legally binding for two semesters (Fall + Spring).

IRC 120

11:30 – 12:30pm

Lunch Provided

Stay with your group and student leaders

IRC 104

12:30pm

Group Break-out Sessions (mandatory)

  • Housing and MyFSU Login
  • Preparation for payment
  • Immigration document submission
  • Admissions
  • Huntington Bank – optional. Submit an application to open account and sign up for appointment to open your account. 

Interdisciplinary Resource Center (IRC)

Times and locations  will be assigned at check-in.

Wednesday, August 24
8:00am

Late Check-In

For students who missed activities on Tuesday, August 23 due to delayed flights or other unavoidable issues. Must be approved ahead of time for late check-in by contacting Lisa vonReichbauer (LisavonReichbauer@ferris.edu). This session will only cover immigration document check-in. Students will be responsible for obtaining Ferris IDs, housing, and paying tuition on their own.

Interdisciplinary Resource Center

(IRC 134)
8:30am

Math/English Placement Testing for regularly admitted students (not for IEP students)

This testing is for students with no SAT scores and those who intend to enter their majors immediately.  If you are not sure if you need to take the test, check with the Office of International Education staff. IEP students may choose to take this test if they feel that they will pass the Intensive English Language test on Thursday (test out of the IEP program).   Please report early to this test as no make-up is offered and testing is required for course placement.

FLITE 110

(Library)

9:30am

Intensive English Language Testing (IEP students only)


This testing is for IEP students who have not provided official proof of English language proficiency. Please report early to this test as no make-up is offered and testing is required for course placement.

IRC 120

11:30 – 12:45pm

Lunch at The Rock Provided

We will leave from the IRC at 11:20 AM to walk over to The Rock Café.

Rock Café

12:45 – 2:30pm

Tuition and other required payments (mandatory for all students)

Students must pay the first installment of their payment plan or the entire amount at the TIMME center and make sure that further payments are completed prior their due dates. University letters will be provided upon request.

To be determined

2:30 – 4:30pm

Immigration and Cultural Adjustment (mandatory)

Bring your immigration documents. This session is very important. We will teach you about U.S. immigration laws and talk about how to get a driver’s license and social security number. We teach you how to understand and cope with adjusting to life in a new country, including academic (teaching and learning) culture.

IRC 120

4:00 – 5:30pm

Department of Public Safety (mandatory)

Meet our campus police officers and learn about staying safe, obeying U.S. laws, and driving in Michigan. You will also learn about what activities to avoid, how to report crimes, and your rights as an individual in the United States.

IRC 120

Thursday, August 25

9:00 am – 11:00am

Campus Tour

Student Ambassadors will take students on a tour around campus to learn about the important offices, resources, and fun places on campus to help you enjoy the fullest college experience. Ambassadors will explain the buildings, navigate you around campus, and answer any questions you might have.

Meet at IRC 122 by 8:45 am.

11:30am – 3:30pm

FSU New Student Orientation (Non-IEP Students)

Non-IEP students will attend the general FSU Orientation for new students. 

 Schedule Includes:

  • Ferris student services
  • Meeting other students in your program
  • Meetings with your academic advisors
  • Registering for classes

IRC 134

Come to the OIE to pick up your name tag and join your college group.

Lunch is provided at the QuadCafe

12:30 pm – 1:00pm

Tuition and Letters Assistance

Student Ambassadors will be available to assist you in payment and official letters.

Pharmacy 303
1:00pm Graduation Orientation and Advisory Council

Times and locations will be assigned at
check-in.

11:00 am – 6:00pm

Shopping Shuttles

Take our free shuttles to stores in Big Rapids to purchase food, clothing, or household items you may need. The shuttles will pick up at the IRC, take you to stores, and then drop you off at your hotel, apartment, or the IRC after you are finished shopping.

Banking Shuttles

Shuttles will take students to local Banks to open accounts. Area banks include Huntington, Chemical Bank, Isabella Bank and Fifth Third. Many students choose to bank with Huntington, the official bank of Ferris State University (ATMs on campus). But, you may choose to bank anywhere you wish. Sign-up during orientation so that we can notify the bank that you will be setting up your account.

Meet at IRC for shuttle service
3:00 – 5:00pm

Move-In begins

Move into your on campus residence hall or off campus apartment. You may start moving into your on campus residence hall after you pay the $200 deposit at the TIMME Center for Student Services and receive your room assignment from Housing. Shuttles will be available to assist you with moving luggage from Quality Inn to your residence hall or apartment (Big Rapids area only).

Ferris ID and Housing Deposit – You must have a Ferris ID, sign the housing contract, and pay the $200 deposit (residence halls) or $400 deposit (apartments or East Campus Suites) before you can receive a housing assignment.

Meet at IRC for shuttle service
Friday, August 26

9:00am

Move-In continues

Move into your on campus residence hall or off campus apartment. You may start moving into your on campus residence hall after you pay the $200 deposit at the Timme Center for Student Services and receive your room assignment from Housing. Shuttles will be available to assist you with moving luggage from Quality Inn to your residence hall or apartment (Big Rapids area only).

Ferris ID and Housing Deposit – You must have a Ferris ID, sign the housing contract, and pay the $200 deposit (residence halls) or $400 deposit (apartments or East Campus Suites) before you can receive a housing assignment.

Quality Inn

Shuttles will run continuously from 9am – 4pm

11:00am

Translated Immigration Orientation (Optional)

International student advisors will provide immigration information through translators for students who did not understand the Wednesday Immigration Orientation. This is an extra session. All students must also attend the Immigration and Cultural Adjustment session on Wednesday, August 24.

Interdisciplinary Resource Center

12:00 - 12:30pm

Tuition and Letters Assistance

Student Ambassadors will be available to assist you in payment and official letters.

IRC 112
1:00pm

Intensive English Program Orientation (IEP students only)

New students who are enrolling in the Intensive English Program must attend this orientation and can pay their IEP Students Tuition Fees.

IRC 115
7:30pm – 9:00pm

Bulldog Welcome

Gather with new students and returning students to start the new academic year.

Top Taggart Field
Saturday, August 27

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Meijer Madness

One of the local stores features local information, free items, games, and prizes.

Shuttles available on campus at various locations
Sunday, August 28

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

International Student Picnic at Northend Park

Shuttles will be available from the IRC. Join new and current international students for food and fun by the river. Bring your footballs (soccer), cricket equipment, volleyballs, or other outdoor sporting equipment. The park has a peaceful paved walkway along the river. Do not miss this event!

Meet at the Interdisciplinary Resource Center (IRC) parking lot at 1:45pm to ride the shuttle to the park
Monday, August 29
8am

Classes Begin

If you are taking any online classes, log into Ferris Connect (Blackboard) through MyFSU to read through the course syllabus, check due dates for readings and assignments, and to find contact information for your professor if you have any questions about what do to next.

 
Tuesday, August 30
11:00am – 11:50am

Late Immigration Orientation

Meet in IRC 134 for important immigration information. Must be approved for a late arrival or you will be charged two orientation fees.

IRC 134
Thursday, September 1
1:00pm

Women’s Soccer

Ferris is hosting one of the first Women's soccer games of the year. Since our team is in Division 2, they are competitive and you can expect a good game.

Top Taggart Field
3:00 – 6:00pm

Founders Day and Ice Cream Social Celebration

Founder’s Day is the annual time for students, faculty, staff and the community to come together to celebrate founders Woodbridge and Helen Gillespie Ferris and their contributions to what is today known as Ferris State University. Event activities include an ice cream social, music, and games. Celebrate Ferris State University’s 130 years in existence.

North Quad
7:30pm

Bulldog Football Hosts Ohio Dominican

Come cheer your new team and watch some American football. Go Bulldogs!

Top Taggart Field
Friday, September 2
12:00 – 3:00 pm

Cultural Connections Open House

Learn more about your student services on campus by meeting staff from the Office of International Education, Office of Multicultural Student Services and the Latin@ Center. Food and prizes are available!

To be determined

 

 

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