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First-Year Student Enrollment Guide

Thanks for choosing to attend Fisher. We think you've made a smart choice! This website is designed to include everything you need to get started on a successful collegiate career at Fisher.

Using this Guide

Please use this First-Year Enrollment Guide in conjunction with the enrollment checklist in your Admissions Portal. You will use the Admissions Portal to submit your Enrollment Profile and Register for Great Beginnings.

View Checklist in Admissions Portal

You may also view your Network User ID, Student User ID Number, and Fisher email address within the Admissions Portal. This is the same place you went to submit your enrollment deposit online. If you forgot your password or email, feel free to reach out to your Admissions Counselor and they can reset it for you. 

Please note: You will use the email address you used at the time of application to access this portal. 

Be Sure to Access your Network Account

Your network account allows you to log on to all campus computers and access important online systems and Fisher apps. You will use your network account to complete your housing application, access the patient portal, and submit your health history and immunization forms.

First Time Log In

About Your Network Account User ID

Your Network User ID (which is also available in your Admissions Portal) is three initials, a zero, and the last 4 digits of your Fisher Student User ID Number (often referred to as the @number). If you do not have a middle initial, use your first and last name initials. For example, if your name is John Robert Smith and your Student User ID Number is @00376483, your Network User ID would be jrs06483. If your name is Jane Smith and your Student User ID Number is @00487594, your Network User ID would be js07594.

Resetting Your Password

To access your network account, you will need to use your Network User ID. You are required to change your password before using any online campus resources. Your initial password has a specific format:

  • The first letter of your FIRST NAME (lower case) +
  • The character "!" +
  • The first letter of your LAST NAME (lower case) +
  • The character "$" +
  • The first 2 digits of the last 4 numbers of your ID # +
  • The character " # " +
  • The last 2 digits of the last 4 numbers of your ID

Example of initial password: a!b$12#34

To refer to these instructions while creating your initial password, you may want to open the following link in a new tab. 

Reset Your Password

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Submit Your Enrollment Profile

Filling out your Enrollment Profile will help us verify your information and develop a schedule of first-year courses that meets your academic interests and goals. Enrollment in first-year courses is done on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, please complete the Enrollment Profile and submit it as soon as possible.

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Submit your Enrollment Profile

Register for Great Beginnings Summer Orientation

Register early to get your preferred orientation date June 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, or 29
(registration link coming soon) 

Great Beginnings summer orientation is for incoming first-year students and families to get to know what life is going to be like as a Fisher Cardinal.

Come spend time on campus and make connections with students who will be starting in the fall with you, as well as current Fisher students, staff, and faculty. You will also receive your iPad through the iFisher Initiative and get your fall course schedule. You will have the opportunity to meet your Center for Career and Academic Planning First-Year Advisor who is an integral part of your support network. Topics covered include academic support, student activities, residential life, accessibility, health, financial services, and so many more. There are concurrent family sessions offered throughout the day.

You'll also get more information about Move-in Weekend and Fall Orientation which will take place September 2 - 5.

Fill Out Your Housing Application

Due by Thursday, June 1, 2023

Complete the housing application on ResLife Online ASAP. Housing assignments will be available in early August.

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Complete your Housing Application

Submit an ID Photo

Due by Thursday, June 1, 2023

Please submit a headshot to be used for your Fisher ID card. You should submit a photo that has a neutral background and doesn't include hats or sunglasses. Please email your photo as a .jpeg using the subject line of your last name, first name to (example subject line: Smith, Amelia)

Apply for First-Year Residential Student Parking

Applications Now Available

There is limited parking available on the Fisher campus. First-year residential students must apply for approval to park on campus. The parking committee will review requests on a rolling basis beginning April 15 through the final deadline of July 15. First-year residential student parking may be available on a limited basis behind Murphy Hall with Parking Committee approval. First-year commuter students do not need to request approval for parking. 

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Request Residential Parking Approval

Send in Final High School Transcripts

Due by Friday, July 14, 2023

Please request your final high school transcript to be sent from your high school directly to Fisher after your graduation.

Send in College Transcripts and AP/IB Reports

Due by Friday, July 14, 2023

Official college transcripts must be requested from the institution you completed the courses through, and official AP or IB score reports must be requested from the testing organization.

Once these are received by the Office of Admissions, they will be reviewed, and credit may be awarded.

Provide Immunization Records

Due by Friday, July 14, 2023

You must provide proof of immunity to measles, mumps, rubella, and meningococcal meningitis. Please upload your immunization record from your medical provider to the Patient Portal. Instructions for entering and uploading your information are in the portal.

Log into the Patient Portal

Provide Health History Information

Due by Friday, July 14, 2023

Before your first visit to the Health and Wellness Center, you must complete the following forms in the Patient Portal:

  • Health History Form
  • Insurance information
  • A physical exam (A physical is required for athletes, please see the information you’ve received from athletics)
  • Consent to Treat and Privacy Acknowledgement
  • Under 18 Medical Consent Form (Only for students under 18 years of age)
  • Wegmans Pharmacy Prescription Delivery Form

Complete Financial Aid Requirements

Log in to Fish 'R' Net to accept or decline financial aid, complete loan entrance counseling, review outstanding financial aid requirements, and more.

To access Fish 'R' Net, you will need your Student User ID Number which begins with the @ symbol (this number is also available in your Admissions Portal). If this is your first time accessing Fish 'R' Net, your first-time pin is your birthday in mmddyy format.

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Access Fish 'R' Net

Settle Your Bill

Due by Thursday, July 27, 2023

Your bill for the fall semester will be generated in Fish 'R' Net by the end of June and must be paid in full by the end of July. If someone will be helping you settle your bill (parent, family member, etc.), be sure to set them up as an Authorized Payer so they receive billing information. Instructions on how to set up an Authorized Payer can be found in the FisherPay Guide.

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Are you participating as a member of one of Fisher's Division III sports teams? You will need to complete additional paperwork and provide additional health information.

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  • Read the Student-Athlete Information page in its entirety, as it contains information that affects your eligibility to participate in athletics.

Save the Date for Move-in Weekend and Fall Orientation

Mark your Calendar for Saturday, September 2 - Tuesday, September 5, 2023

More information coming soon.

Access Handshake

Go to mySJF and log in to Handshake with your Fisher credentials

As a deposited student, you can now use Handshake, our career management system. Log into to access Handshake where you can find job postings (on-campus jobs too!), internship announcements, and career events like employer info session days, campus interviewing, and job fests. Handshake also gives you access to a variety of self-guided materials on writing a college-level resume, doing a job or internship search, interviewing well, and applying to graduate school. You can even make a profile in Handshake so employers can find you!

On-campus jobs will be posted in late August, including those for work-study. Check Handshake daily to see fresh opportunities.

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If you've completed all of these steps, you are ready to begin your Fisher experience. If you still need assistance, please call the Office of Admissions at (585) 385-8064 or contact your counselor. We can't wait to welcome you home!

Show your Fisher pride by downloading a printable "Proud Home of a Future St. John Fisher University Cardinal" sign.