FRED Ready

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Are You FRED Ready?

Preparing for your transition to Fredonia is important.  Below is key information that will be helpful to your success during your first semester. Some of these items are simple requirements or things you need to complete; while others build skills and knowledge.  We encourage you to review the topics below before arriving on campus in August.

Step 1: Using Digital Tools

At Fredonia there are several online tools you will need to navigate, they fall into two categories:  "Your Connection" or "e-Services."  Each category has it's own username and password.  This is required to keep your personal information safe.  Once you know how, please log into your FREDMail regularly.

Your Connection 
(Used to see your financial aid, course registrations, grades, bills, and personal information)

How to log in:

  • Click on the link above and enter your ​User Name: Your F​redonia ID​ ​(starts with the letter "F")
  • Enter your​ Password: Your date of birth mmddyy (if this is your first time logging in)
  • The system will walk you through a process to change your password and protect your account.

It is important that you are able to log on and access your account. You will need to upload health information, review your preliminary schedule, accept your financial aid, and verify your enrollment through this system.

(Used for FREDMail, library resources, On Course and MyFSA)

How to find your e-services user name and password:

  • Log into Your Connection using your Fredonia ID and Pin
  • Click the Personal Information Tab
  • Click View Your User ID and Password
  • Your username and password will be listed under the Student IDs and Passwords section

How to check your FREDmail:

  • Go to the FREDmail link (the little envelope icon at the top of the Fredonia home page:
  • Enter your e-services Username and Password

Step 2: Course Schedule and Advising

At Fredonia, each new student is prebuilt a preliminary schedule for their first semester based on your previous academic experiences (high school or other college) and your major requirments.  Changes can be made to this schedule once you have been advised during an orientation session.  You can find your course schedule in Your Connection.

How to find your schedule:

  • Log into Your Connection
  • Click the Student Tab
  • Click Registration
  • Click Concise Course Schedule Detail

After you view your preliminary course schedule, you are encouraged to review your Degree Works Audit.  This will show you how each class selected meets a requirement toward your degree.  It often helps you understand why you have been registered for a course and may help you formulate questions you want to ask your advisor. Click here to find out more details about Degree Works and watch short videos on how to navigate the program.


Meeting with an Advisor

During orientation you will attend an advising session, then have the opportunity to talk with an advisor about course changes you may want to make.  Within the first week of classes you will be assigned an academic advisor that will meet with you each semester.  The goal of academic advising at the Fredonia is to assist each student in developing and implementing an academic plan designed to meet his/her educational, career and life goals. The advising process is one of shared responsibilities between students and advisors.  Please refer to the Academic Advising web page for details about how to:

  • Find your advisor's contact information
  • Know when academic advising takes place during the semester
  • Prepare to meet with your advisor

Step 3: Preparing for Campus Life

Living on Campus (Residence Life)

Fredonia is a residental campus, meaning that a significant number of students live directly at the University.  Those students planning to live at Fredonia need to complete a Housing Application.  Answers to frequently asked questions about your housing options, roommate information, and how to complete the application can be found online on the New Student Residence Life page.

How to find the Housing Application:

  • Log into Your Connection
  • Click the Student Tab
  • Click My Housing Application
  • Select the New Student Application under the Applications tab

If you are living on campus, click here to view a list of things you may want to bring with you.  Residence Hall and roommate assignments will be sent out the first week August.


Processing your FREDCard (FSA)

All students are required to have a FREDCard.  This ID card provides you access into your residence hall or other buildings, allows you to print materials in campus labs, borrow library resources, etc.  It is required that you bring a form of federal or goverment issued ID when you come to take your picture in the FSA (Faculty Student Association) office.  Acceptable options include:

  • Drivers license
  • Drivers permit
  • Passport
  • Birth certificate AND a previous school ID (high school or college)

FSA will be open during Move-In Weekend and the two August Orientation sessions for processing. 


Signing up for Meal Plan options (MyFSA)

The Faculty Student Association (FSA) is responsible for providing dining options for the university.  Students living in traditional on-campus housing options are required to have a meal plan.   Please note: all first-year (freshmen) students, living on campus,  are required to select Meal Plan 1 for the first semester.   For those new students living off-campus, there are commuter meal plan options available online for you as well.  Students are highly encouraged to sign-up for a meal plan online prior to arriving in August.  Fall semester meal plans begin on Friday, August 18. 

How to register for a meal plan:

  • Go to the MyFSA webpage
  • Enter your e-Services username and password
  • Select the plan you are eligible to enroll in 

Click here to watch a quick video about the FREDCard, campus dining options, textbook purchases, employment opportunities and much more.

Step 4: Paying for College

At Fredonia, all semester bills are sent electronically via email and can also be found in Your Connection.  Students are able to identify other authorized users to see this billing information besides themselves.  Students can do this before they arrive on campus, if they choose to. Click here to find instruction on how to:

  • View e-bill
  • Granting access to others
  • Payment plans

Review and Accept Financial Aid

Financial aid is unique to each to student.  It is important you review all your options and accept your aid.  We encourage you to use the Financial Aid Office website as tool to answer questions you may have or reach out to the office directly.  

Click here to view a quick video on how to view your Financial Aid requirements and what you might need to complete to verify your aid.

Step 5: Preparing for Move In

Register for a Summer Jump Start Session 

Accepted students, who have paid their deposit may register online for the Summer Jump Start Session beginning April 15, 2018. Jump Start Sessions take place on select Mondays and Thursday between June 28 - July 19, 2018.  These one day sessions (9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.) provide you the opportunity to confirm or make changes to your course schedule, process your Fredonia ID Card, complete enrollment requirments, explore the campus, and meet other new students.   

New Student Orientation will take place August 23-August 26, 2018.  Incoming first-year students may move in on Thursday, August 23.  Orientation and extended programming to help introduce students to the academic community will take place Friday, August 25- Sunday, August 26.  You may contact the New Student and Transition Programs Office at 716-673-4969 with any questions or email us at

Please be aware that orientation is a mandatory program at Fredonia for all new first-year and transfer students. There will be a one-time, non-refundable orientation fee charged to all new undergraduate students. This fee is reflected on the semester bill. 


Health Requriements for New Students

Prior to registering for classes, you will need to complete certain Health Forms in order to comply with New York State Department of Health Regulations for attending college here at Fredonia.

Please send a copy of your immunization record.

Complete the online Meningitis Survey under the health center tab on "Your Connection"

  • Click here to get to "Your Connection"

  • If you have submitted your immunization record prior to doing this section, and that immunization record contains a date of your meningitis vaccination, you are all set.

If you are under the age of 18, please complete a Authorization for Care of Under Age 18 form

Please contact the Student Health Center at (716) 673-3131 or email with any questions regarding these forms.


First-Year and Transition Office

608 Maytum Hall
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063