Frequently Asked Questions

What activities are available to my student on weekends?

The Offices of Student Life sponsor on-campus activities and off-campus excursions. Student organizations plan, publicize and run events, rounding out a full and varied calendar of activities. Many events are subsidized by the University and are either free or offered at a minimal cost. Recent events have included Homecoming and Family Weekend, Springfest, music, comedy, films, fashion and talent shows, and socials. Students may cheer on athletic teams, take part in intramural games, attend religious services or enjoy theater productions.

Where may parents park when visiting their student on campus?

Relatives or friends may park on campus but should first register their car with the Office of Public Safety to obtain a visitor’s pass. Non-registered vehicles are subject to parking violations and tickets.

What does my student do if he/she gets sick?

All students, regardless of their health insurance carrier, have access to Student Health Services for a variety of preventive care, illness management and lab testing. Medical staff can diagnose, provide over-the-counter (OTC) medication and prescribe treatments.

What services are available to assist students worried about their grades or academic success?

The Academic Resource Centers provide tutoring and academic study skills development programs. The Counseling and Psychological Services Offices teach stress- and time-management skills.

What do commuter students do in between classes?

Students study, use the library and computer labs, get a snack or a meal in the campus eateries, relax in the game room, work out in the Fitness or Recreation Center, meet with faculty or friends or even work on campus. They may become involved in the commuter student club activities as well. Comfortable commuter student lounges are maintained in the Fitness Center on the Metropolitan Campus and in the Stadler/Zenner Academic Building at the Florham Campus.

What’s the difference between a faculty adviser and academic advising?

A faculty adviser is a member of the University’s faculty who provides guidance and advice to students about courses in their major and their intended career path related to that major. The Academic Advising Centers on each campus provide more general advice to students regarding their core curriculum, major course requirements, class schedules, changes in major, academic progress and degree completion. As there is some variation in advising procedures based on majors and class standing, students should first contact their Academic Advising Center for direction.

How is my student informed of University or campus closing, late openings and/or class cancellations due to inclement weather or emergencies?

In such an event, FDU’s voicemail system and switchboard make information available to the entire FDU community, and students may look for updates on the FDU Web site. Closings also are disseminated through local media:  News 12 New Jersey and WNBC-TV (check your local listings for the correct channels), WFDU-FM (89.1 FM), NJ 101.5, 1010 WINS (1010 AM) and WCBS News Radio 88 (880 AM).

How can I get more involved in my student’s experience at FDU?

Joining the Parents Council would be a great start!  The council hears from University administrators and faculty members about topics pertinent to parents; enhances and supports University events; and raises money for scholarships, campus improvements and programming. The council welcomes parents and guardians of new students at Orientation, Open Houses and other events. For more information about the council, send an email to ParentsCouncil@fdu.edu or call 201.692.7107.