FAQs for Accepted First-Year Students

We know you have lots of questions now that you are an accepted student. Let us answer them!

Financial Aid, Registration, and Academics

How will I know the status of my FAFSA?

After submitting the FAFSA form, the applicant receives a FAFSA Submission Summary, which is a summary of the data provided on the FAFSA form. The applicant reviews the FAFSA Submission Summary for accuracy and if necessary, makes corrections or updates to the submitted FAFSA data.

Why is May 1 so important?*

The Universal Candidate Reply Date is May 1, but given the impacts of the FAFSA delay, *we will welcome deposits through May 15 to allow students and their families the time needed to make the most informed decision. Please pay your enrollment deposit no later than May 15 to secure your place in the fall class.

When will I receive registration information?

Once we receive your enrollment deposit, you will receive information regarding the First-Year Enrollment Guide in the mail, as early as March 1. This guide will provide information on academic advisement, orientation, registration, housing, and more.

How do I register for classes?

For your first semester at Fisher, advisors from the Center for Career and Academic Planning will complete the course registration process for you. They will utilize your completed Enrollment Profile (a very important piece of your First-Year Enrollment Guide), your intended major, the required courses, and any transfer credits you will bring into Fisher to create your first semester schedule.

Once you are enrolled at Fisher, you will spend time during your First-Year Seminar course learning about the registration process and setting up your course plan for future semesters.

What is Great Beginnings?

The Great Beginnings Summer Orientation Program offers you the opportunity to meet with current students, faculty, staff, and first-year advisors. You'll attend sessions that will familiarize you with academics at Fisher, the first-year program, and other aspects of campus life (clubs/activities, living on campus, athletics, scholar programs, etc.). There are plenty of opportunities to have questions answered and to meet with other new students.

What is a Learning Community?

Your Learning Community consists of two courses linked by a common theme and will emphasize writing, discussion, research, and group work skills.

The First-Year Program page has more information about Learning Communities.

What is First-Year Seminar?

First-Year Seminar is a one-credit course, taken in the fall semester, that serves as an orientation to college life and a support system as you transition from high school. In addition, you'll be housed in your residence hall with other students in your same First-Year Seminar, so you'll be sure to make many friends right from the start.

Topics covered include wellness; participation and leadership in student clubs; engagement with community and diversity; goal setting, study skills, time management and stress management; and the ins-and-outs of life at Fisher.

The First-Year Program page has more information about First-Year Seminar.

Does Fisher accept AP/IB/GEMINI/SUPA and other College Credits?

Yes. Visit our AP, IB, and CLEP Scores page to learn more about bringing in college credits from high school.

How do I go about getting a work-study job?

The work-study job listing is available online through the Center for Career and Academic Planning and is posted at various locations around campus. It is up to you to contact the campus offices that advertise available positions. For more information, visit the Student Employment page.

Life at Fisher

What happens outside of the classroom is just as important as what happens inside, and is an integral part of your college experience. Get answers to your questions about life at Fisher.

What is there to do at Fisher?

There is always something to do at Fisher. You may choose from a wide range of campus clubs and organizations, including student government, music groups, language clubs, cultural organizations, student publications, and intramural sports. Many academic departments also sponsor clubs.

How is the food?

The food is great! In fact, Fisher was ranked No. 5 in America and No. 1 in New York state by Niche.com in their 2023 Best College Food in America list.

The main dining hall offers a wide variety of interactive dining platforms including the wokery, salad and fresh fruit bar, deli counter, grill, pasta bar, brick oven pizza, vegetarian section, and more. Several other retail outlets across campus offer coffee, smoothies, Grab & Go items, and more to suit your busy schedule.

Learn more about dining services.

How safe is the campus?

Fisher is a very safe campus. The Office of Safety and Security is responsible for campus safety and operates on a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week schedule. Security officers conduct regular foot and auto patrols of all campus buildings, grounds, and parking areas.

Access to the residence halls is controlled by the card access system. Residence halls are patrolled and monitored by security officers or resident assistants. All other campus facilities are locked and unlocked daily according to established schedules.

The Office of Safety and Security offers a campus escort service for on-campus use by all students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The service operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

As a first-year student, do I have to live on campus?

No. However, 90% of first-year students do live on campus and are housed in three residence halls on campus: Ward, Haffey, or Murphy.

Learn more about residential life at Fisher.

Can first-year students have cars?

First-year residential student parking will be available on a limited basis with approval.

General FAQs

Where do Fisher students come from?

National surveys state that most students enroll at a college within 1-3 hours from home, and Fisher students follow the national trend. Ninety percent of Fisher students are from New York state. Other states represented are Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Ohio, Florida, California, Arizona, and Puerto Rico.

How many students attend Fisher?

There are nearly 2,600 undergraduate students at Fisher; 60% are female and 40% are male.