Introduction to Higher Education (ORIE 101)

ORIE 101 Purpose

The purpose of Introduction to Higher Education is to provide you with resources for a smooth, productive academic and personal transition to university life. 

The activities of the course are designed to help you achieve academic success, engage in extracurricular activities of the university and envision a fulfilling college career.

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140 Pullen Hall
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Phone: 301-687-3404

Catalog Description ORIE 101 - 1 Credit

Orientation of incoming students to academic and social contexts of college life. Nature and process of higher education; educational and career planning; learning skills; support services. Required of all first-time students, including transfer students with fewer than 13 semester hours of transfer credit. Students may not withdraw from the course unless they are withdrawing from the University.

Course Objectives

The primary objective is that you will develop strong academic, personal and social connections to FSU. This course is a valuable resource supporting your transition from high school to college through relationships with your ORIE instructor/advisor and classmates. This course is a foundation on which you can build the dream you have for your college career.

  1. Adapting to College Expectations - You will:

    • Understand academic expectations
    • Implement learning strategies and skills
    • Practice goal setting strategies to enhance academic performance Achieve competence in using the Blackboard learning management system, FSU email, and PAWS information system
    • Assess your abilities and performance

  2. Managing Your Workload: The Value of Support from Others – You will:

    • Explore and recognize the value of campus support services
    • Overcome reluctance to using campus support services
    • Develop and implement strategies for workload management

  3. Advising and Planning - You will:

    • Learn about FSU academic policies and procedures
    • Understand the requirements and the value  of the GEP
    • Understand the requirements of a major and a minor
    • Compute a GPA and determine academic standing
    • Prepare for registration and use the registration system
    • Develop a clear and attainable 8-semester graduation plan

  4. Connections and Reflections: Write Your Story – You will:

    • Discover your strengths and explore how to use them to maximize success
    • Explore campus resources/offices that can help you plan your educational experience, such as Career Services, Center for International Education, Greek Life, etc.
    • Investigate experiential learning opportunities, such as study abroad, internships, etc.
    • Practice life skills that lead to success, such as financial decision-making, personal health and wellness, and professional networking
    • Develop goals and plans for the story of your college experience