1. Place your non-refundable $500 enrollment deposit
This will secure your place in the residence halls and classes and is a payment towards your first bill.
While there is no deadline to place your deposit, you must deposit and mutually request your roommate for Spring 2024 by December 8th, 2023,or for Fall 2024 by May 1st, 2024 to guarantee you’ll be housed together.
2. Set up your Port account
This gives you single sign-on access to your student email, your financial aid awards and bill, helpful groups and information, and eventually your class schedule and housing assignment and more.
Your preset username and password can be found in an email sent to you when you were accepted, or by contacting your admissions counselor.
3. Send your FAFSA
You can submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) starting in December of 2023. (The FAFSA is rolling out some updates and improvements for the 2024-2025 academic year, which we anticipate may cause some delays in the process.) Click here to learn more about the FAFSA process and get started. The financial aid office will use your FAFSA information to put together your financial aid award package with any grants, scholarships, and other aid that you qualify for. We are here to help make Franciscan affordable for you!
Contact FinAid@franciscan.edu or your admissions counselor with any questions or needs.
4. Accept your Financial Aid Awards
Once you have committed to Franciscan, visit the Financial Aid & Student Accounts page on your Port account to confirm that you have completed all required forms, including the Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling if you are accepting any federal aid. Then, accept your awards by clicking on the Accept My Awards button on that page. This is non-binding, and you can adjust this anytime before you pay the bill. Contact FinAid@franciscan.edu with any questions.
5. Select your housing and meal plan
If you have placed your housing deposit, your next step is to complete the New Student Housing Application via your Port account or by clicking the link below. This is where you will complete a roommate matching profile, search for or request a roommate, and select your meal plan. Roommate requests must be made for Spring 2024 by December 8th, 2023, or for Fall 2024 by May 1st, 2024 to guarantee placement. Floor plans and photos of the residence halls can be found on the Resources tab on the Admissions page on your Port account.
6. Check your class schedule
The Registrar office will pre-register new students in December for the Spring semester and in May for the Fall semester based on your declared major and any transfer credits you have already earned. Your schedule will be listed under the Academics and Registration page on your Port account.
Contact Registrar@franciscan.edu with questions, or wait to meet with an academic advisor at Baron Day or Orientation to make changes to your schedule.
7. Take the Language Placement Exam
This exam offers students with a proficiency in a foreign language to test out of some or all of the language requirements. Four semesters of a foreign language are required for all Bachelor’s of Arts degrees.
However, we encourage ALL majors to take this exam before Orientation or early in your first year here as you may change your major in the future.
8. Complete the Immunization Waiver Health Form (residents only)
This form must be completed prior to Orientation if you will be living on campus. There is also a voluntary Health Record form that is strongly encouraged to complete so that this information is on file in case of an emergency. Both forms can be found on the residence portal, under the Applications. Visit the Baron Health and Wellness Center page or contact HealthCenter@franciscan.edu with any questions about our Health Center and Counseling Services.
9. Complete your PathwayU assessment!)
As a newly admitted student, we invite you to begin the career discernment process NOW! Even before you step foot on campus, the very critical first step for all students is to take the PathwayU assessment. PathwayU uses a series of self-assessments and a predictive matching algorithm to make recommendations for careers that align with your interests, values, personality, and workplace preferences. We highly recommend completing this assessment before Baron Day and Orientation so that you will be well positioned for our Career Services team to guide you on your personal vocation journey. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
10. Submit your ID photo
You can pick up your Student ID card at Baron Day or Orientation. You will use this card to access your residence hall, to swipe for meals and other purchases, and for printing services throughout campus. Incoming Fall students should submit your photo before Baron Day in June and your ID card will be in your orientation packet, otherwise you can come to the Enrollment Services Counter in Starvaggi Hall to get your ID photo and card upon your arrival.
11. Baron Day
Baron Day is a pre-orientation event for accepted Fall students, held on June 6-7 and 13-14, 2024, to help you get familiar with campus, complete next steps, finalize financial aid and paperwork, and connect with future classmates! You can view class registration and housing information through the Port, and also get your student ID and talk to advising at Orientation if you can’t make it to a Baron Day.
12. Send your final official transcripts
These must be on file with Admissions before your first semester of classes begins, or you will have a hold placed on your account and you will not be able to register for the next semester until they are received. Send by mail to the Admission Office, or electronically to Admissions@franciscan.edu.
13. Pay your bill
You can set up a payment plan, send a payee invite, and pay your balance through your Online Payment Center on the Financial Aid and Student Accounts page in your Port account.
The Fall bill or first payment is due July 15th. The Spring bill is due December 15th.
Contact MyBill@franciscan.edu with any questions.
14. Order your textbooks
Your textbooks will be automatically ordered via Slingshot in December for Spring semester or late July for Fall semester, based on your class schedule. All NEW students are opted in to Slingshot, unless you manually opt out before the semester. Your textbooks are defaulted to hard copy rentals. Any textbooks you order ahead will be available for in-store pick up or waiting in your residence hall when you arrive on campus. If your class schedule changes, your textbooks will automatically change for you and you can make free returns the first week of classes.
15. RSVP for Orientation
Spring Move-in Day is Thursday, January 11th, 2024. Fall Move-in Day is Thursday, August 22nd, 2024. Orientation programming follows through the weekend. Families are welcome to join! Click here to RSVP with any guests joining you. Check the website for details and schedule.
Contact Orientation@franciscan.edu with any questions.