New Employee Orientation

Welcome to FSU

It's exciting to welcome new faculty and staff members to the FSU family because you bring new inspiration to our campus through your ideas, initiatives and enthusiasm. We hope you'll share this inspiration, and recognize the opportunity to learn from your colleagues through collaboration and mentorship.

Instructions for New Employee Orientation

Prior to, or on your first day of employment, all Regular Status employees must meet with the Benefits Manager to review and enroll in your employee benefits and select your retirement plan.  To schedule an appointment with the Benefits Manager, call (301)687-4398 or send an email to

  • Retirement Enrollment

    Bring your completed retirement forms and all specified information to your meeting with the Benefits Manager. Enrollment in a retirement plan is mandatory. 

    Retirement Plans

    FSU retirement plans are based upon exemption status and employment classification, i.e., Nonexempt, Exempt, or 12-month Faculty. Please refer to your appointment letter for employee status or contact the Office of Human Resources at (301) 687-4106.

    • Nonexempt Employees - Nonexempt employees must enroll in the pension plan, which is managed by the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System (MSRPS).

    • Exempt Employees & Faculty Employees - Faculty and exempt staff employees have a choice between the MSRPS and the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP). 
      • Employees with prior membership in the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System must enroll in the MSRPS and are not eligible for the Optional Retirement Plan. 
      • Retirement elections must be made at the beginning of employment and cannot be changed thereafter. There is no longer a one-year window after hire date to elect the ORP. 


    Supplemental Plans

    In addition to the state-mandated programs, the State of Maryland offers supplemental retirement annuity (SRA) plans through several providers. Participation in an SRA is voluntary, and you may enroll/change at any time. All employees are eligible to participate in any of the Supplemental Retirement Annuity (SRA) plans offered by the following providers:

      Get more information about retirement resources