Parent and Family Schedule

The Parent and Family Orientation Program is an excellent opportunity for parents/guardians to become familiar with the University. Whether you are a parent, guardian or guest of a freshman, these programs are designed to help answer your questions about University resources and opportunities and find out what to expect the first year. Staff from several campus offices, current students and current parents will be available to answer your questions.

Below is a tentative schedule for the parent and family sessions during New Student Orientation. Locations are in parentheses.

 Day 1: 

2 p.m.      Parent check-in (Hicks Hall lobby):
Meet and Greet Student Affairs Departments (Lend-A-Wing Pantry)
A highlight of important campus resources and engagement opportunities.
3:15 p.m.      Pathways to success (Training Room 1420 and 1430):
Learn the nuts and bolts of financial aid and paying bills.
4:30 p.m.      Sessions conclude for the day

Dinner option: Chartwell's Food Services will offer an $8 parents orientation special at Osprey Café. Parents can come as often as they like for dinner, just bring your name tag.

Day 2: 

8 a.m.      Check-in (Fine Arts Center, Robinson Theater Lobby):
Enjoy coffee while learning about the Parents Association and Community First Credit Union.
8:30 a.m. Welcome by UNF Parents Association
8:35 a.m.      Undergraduate Studies:
Learn more about the advising and tutoring resources available to students.
8:50 a.m. Career Services:
Career exploration and job preparation for students.
9:30 a.m. How to manage college expenses:
Hear from the University Bookstore, Parking Services, Meal Memberships, Housing and Residence Life, Community First Credit Union and hear from a student's perspective.
10:15 a.m.      Coffee and snack break; opportunity to ask questions of the panelists.
10:30 a.m. Housing panel (Fine Arts Center, Robinson Theater)
Commuter student tips (Fine Arts Center, Robinson Classroom 1312):
Learn about living on-campus, including the do's, don'ts and everything in between. Student will share tips for off-campus living.    
10:55 a.m.      ITS and the Parent Portal:
Technology resources available to students and parents.
11:35 a.m. University Police Department:
Hear from a member of the University Police Department regarding the rules, policies and regulations in place to foster a safe and secure campus.
12:05 p.m. Student engagement and leadership:
Learn how students can get involved on campus.
12:20 p.m. Wrap up: submit evaluations and receive the parent calendar (Fine Arts Center, Robinson Theater Lobby):
Share your thoughts on your orientation experience. Parents Association members may pick up their parent T-shirt.


Lunch option: Chartwell’s Food Services will offer an $8 parents orientation special at Osprey Café. Parents can come as often as they like for lunch, just bring your name tag.

Optional afternoon activities for day two:

Stop by the John A. Delaney Student Union to:

  • Visit the Bookstore for book and apparel purchases
  • Open an account at the campus branch of Community First Credit Union
  • Visit offices that provide a variety of resources for UNF students


1:15 and 1:45 p.m.      Housing tour begins at the Housing Office, Building 14
1-3 p.m. Taylor Leadership Institute Open House (Schultz Hall, Building 9, Suite 1103)
Learn about the Institute and the Leadership minor.
1-4 p.m. Visit Students Government (John A. Delaney Student Union, Building 58E, 3rd floor)
Learn about the legislative and executive branches, as well as the agencies including Osprey Productions and Club Alliance.
1-4 p.m. Meet the Greeks (John A. Delaney Student Union, Building 58E, 2nd floor, Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life)
Learn about all aspects of Greek life, from scholarships to finances to philanthropy.
1-4 p.m. Meet Spinnaker Media (John A. Delaney Student Union, Building 58E, 2nd floor)
Learn about UNF's student media center and the workings of the Spinnaker newspaper, digital, radio and TV operations.

Please remember your student's personal belongings at the Osprey Fountains Residence Hall.