students during orientation walking through campus

First Year and Transition Programs

Welcome! The transition to college is an exciting time! But it can also cause some degree of anxiety for your and your family. At Stetson University we're committed to assisting you in gaining the academic skills and social connections needed to be a successful Hatter.

Checklists and Required Materials

Be sure to complete both the Accepted Students Checklist and the New Hatter Checklist before arriving for FOCUS Orientation! This will ensure a smooth transition into life at Stetson University.


Make sure you have all your immunizations up to date before arriving for FOCUS Orientation! See Stetson Health Service's New Students page for details.

FOCUS Orientation

All new students beginning classes in the fall are welcomed to Stetson University five days before the first day of classes to participate in FOCUS Orientation. For those students starting at Stetson University in the spring, we offer an abbreviated version of FOCUS Orientation at the beginning of the spring semester.

First-Year Seminars

All first-year and transfer students with less than 24 credit hours are required to take a first-year seminar, which begins during FOCUS Orientation. This course will allow you to create both an academic and social community while you transition into the university.

Important Dates

FOCUS Orientation: August 19-23, 2023