Resources for First-Time-in-College Students

Welcome to Seminole State College!

The first step in completing your New Student Orientation is the Student Welcome.

After your Student Welcome, as a first-time-in-college (FTIC) student, you must sign up to attend a Registration Lab (in person or virtual) where you will meet with a team of advisors to assist with registration.

(Transfer students must sign up for a one-on-one advising appointment with their assigned advisor at the conclusion of the Student Welcome.)

Are you a new student? Have you logged in to your Student Welcome and signed up for your Registration Lab?

  • No – Log in to your Student Welcome to finish that important admissions process. Need additional admissions help or need to submit a residency or financial aid document? Contact the Admissions team.
  • Yes – Proceed to review the steps below. These are steps and resources to help you get started and have a successful first semester! 

Getting Started

Making your way through college doesn't have to be complicated. Navigate is your free, step-by-step guide to the college experience at Seminole State from orientation to graduation. With the Navigate app, everything you need to succeed is right at your fingertips.

Action: Download Navigate to your phone or review the desktop site before starting classes.

Filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the best way to discover financial support. Many students are eligible for scholarships, grants, loans and work-study funds but don't receive them because they never apply. 

It’s very important to make sure you filled out the FAFSA for the correct year. Accept your aid and defer your fees after you register to prevent being dropped from your classes. Learn more on our FAFSA website.  

Action: Please review the FAFSA Checklist for your next steps. 

Check your MySeminoleState account to resolve any holds that may prevent registration. You will register for classes during your Registration Lab after signing up through the Student Welcome portal.

Action: To get familiar with the process, watch the video on how to register

Your Blue & Gold Card, the Seminole State student ID, can be used for a variety of services on and off campus. Before you can get your student ID, you must be registered in a course. Your parking pass allows you to park on any campus in the student lots. It can be obtained once you have your student ID.

Action: Get your Blue & Gold Card on any campus. You can then request your parking pass online and pick it up at the cashiers window at any campus. 

Log in to your MySeminoleState account to determine your fees and payment due date. If you are paying for your classes out-of-pocket, payments can be made through MySeminoleState under “Financial Account” or at any campus Cashiers Office. 

Action: If you are receiving financial aid, you must go to your “Financial Aid” tile to accept or decline your award to avoid being dropped for nonpayment. Students using veteran benefits must electronically sign a fee deferment every semester to prevent being dropped due to nonpayment.

Office 365 is the College's official student email system. Your student email account will be available within 24 hours after your residency status has been determined and you have created your MySeminoleState account. Your student email account is the only account the College will send messages to, so please check it regularly.  

Canvas is the learning management system for online courses. Even if you are in a course that is not online, your professor may utilize Canvas to have you upload assignments and keep track of grades. It can also be used as a communication tool with your instructor, advisor and classmates.

Seminole State bookstores are located on the Altamonte Springs Campus and Sanford/Lake Mary Campus. 

If you have financial aid, please check the Financial Aid Dates and Deadlines page to determine when you can start using your financial aid to purchase books.

Action: Purchase your textbooks as early as you can to avoid shipment delays or long lines. Some professors start using their required textbooks on the first day!

The first day of class will be an exciting experience! Confirm your class schedule, start session (Full, 12-Week, A or B) and mode of instruction (In Person, Distance Remote, Online or Hybrid) in your MySeminoleState account under the "Registration and Classes" tile under "View My Classes." You can make changes to your schedule before the deadline during the add/drop period. All deadlines can be found on the college academic calendar

Action: For tips on getting started, visit the Seminole Online Resources of Online Students webpage. Classes that are online and distant remote require sign-in on Canvas on the first day of class to complete any necessary assignments.

Want to double-check where your in-person class is or where to find the library? Use one of our interactive campus maps.

Your assigned advisor can be found by logging in to your MySeminoleState account and clicking the "Advising" tile. You can conveniently reach your advisor via email, Navigate or phone. 

Action: We recommend that you schedule an appointment with your advisor before registering for your second semester to review your educational pathway. 

Additional Resources

Career Development

Unsure of your career pathway, or thinking of exploring another option? You can explore different careers your pathway leads to, take personality quizzes, find internships and more with our Career Development Center. Schedule an appointment with a career counselor via Handshake

Personal Counseling

At times during the semester, students may experience an unexpected crisis or event. Seminole State College provides appropriate referrals to students who have personal issues that impact academic pursuits at college. If you are in need of assistance, please visit any campus advising office to speak with a licensed mental health counselor. During college hours of operation please call 407.708.2337 to be connected with a counselor at your selected campus. 

eServices (Student Services Online)

Need to withdraw from a course? Need to use a registration form to enroll and already know your classes? Have questions about financial aid, the admissions process, or need to speak to your assigned online advisor? You can do almost everything you can do with in-person Student Services via their eServices website

Schedule an Advising Appointment

If you already completed the Student Welcome and find yourself with more questions, you can reach out to your assigned advisor and schedule an appointment.

If you cannot find an appointment that fits your schedule, you can walk in to any campus to see an advisor.

Contact

If you are a current student and would like to contact your assigned advisor, log in to your MySeminoleState account and click on the "Advising" tile. On the left navigation menu click "Assigned Advisor," and your advisor’s contact information will be displayed.


The Academic Advising and Counseling Team of Seminole State College of Florida serves as catalysts that promotes the holistic well-being of every student. Through developmental advising, our advisors ensure the individual goals of each student are attainable through individualized, tailored, and prescriptive methodologies that support the implementation of a comprehensive guided pathway framework.