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Ask your faculty advisor about SOFI courses during your scheduled Preview session!

The SOFI Program (Summer Online Freshman Initiative) is an Award-Winning Program that allows incoming freshmen to take popular introductory courses before the start of the Fall semester. Students register for SOFI courses during their scheduled Preview FSU session in June as they plan for their Fall class schedules with the assistance of faculty advisors. SOFI courses take place during FSU's second six-week Summer Session:

July 5, 2016 - August 11, 2016
(View Course Offerings)

Some Facts:

  • SOFI online courses introduce freshmen to online learning at FSU and the university’s Learning Management System, Blackboard.
  • The majority of courses are asynchronous, which means you decide when to enter your virtual online classroom to do your course work.
  • SOFI students are limited to 3 credit hours.
  • Other facts about Online Learning can be found here.

Are Online Courses for You? Click here to take our Readiness Survey

  • Are you a self-motivated and self-disciplined person?
  • Are you comfortable communicating in writing?
  • Are you a good reader?  Can you usually read a textbook or assignment and understand the main points?
  • Are you comfortable with email, computers, and the Internet?
  • Do you the type of person who can learn without the instructor lecturing to you?
  • Generally, can you read instructions for assignments and follow them without needing them explained to you?
  • Can you devote several hours a day, anytime you want, to reading and doing assignments for an online component of the course?

If you answer yes to most of these questions, then online learning might just be for you!


For more information about SOFI, please contact:

Stacey Utley-Bernhardt

Office of the Provost