This is an exciting
time for your new college student, but it can also be a challenging time, not
only for you but also for your son or daughter. Please review the checklist
of things to do before attending Orientation. Check out this check-list of things to do and discuss before your student takes off for UNF.
shows that when parents get involved with the University and support their
student, students graduate at a higher rate with better GPA’s, and have a more
satisfying experience. We know that you will probably want to attend the same
Orientation date as your student so please wait until he or she has a confirmed
Orientation date before selecting your date.
Cost for Parent Orientation
When you send in your registration form and pay the Annual Family Membership of
$50 or join the Parents Association at a higher level, you will be
registered to attend New Student Orientation with your son or daughter.
The fee helps cover the costs of Orientation publications, refreshments, and materials. This is the only way to ensure that we have your most current phone
number, address and e-mail address as the University does not keep parent
information. We need you to keep us updated on any address, phone number, or e-mail changes so
we can communicate important campus information, including updates on campus
closings and invitations to campus events.
Note: While there are some sessions for both parents and students
together, parents may not attend the student sessions with their student. The
parent sessions are planned to inform parents about University policies and
resources, and you must register
attend. Your students will benefit from your support so join today and attend
How to Register and Pay for Orientation: Registration Open as of 2/14/2014
To register to attend Parent Orientation you need to complete the on-line registration form. If you want to pay by credit card, follow the instructions
and submit. If you prefer to send a check, you still submit the form, and then
you mail your check to:
Office of Parent and Family Programs
University of North Florida
Building 9, Schultz Hall Suite 1103
1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32224
to the University of North Florida. We are thrilled that your student has
chosen UNF and we welcome you to our UNF family. Thank you for your reservation
for the parent/guardian sessions at our New Student Orientation and
congratulations on your daughter's or son's acceptance to the University of
North Florida. I want to clarify our Orientation fee and the thank you letter
you received for your "gift to the University of North Florida".
Along with our parent orientation you are receiving a one-year membership in
the Parents Association when you pay the fee. The dues for the parents
association may be considered as a "gift" to the university which
makes you a donor. When your payment is processed, it automatically generates a
thank you letter which you can keep for your tax records. We also set up a
parent record in our database so that you will receive a monthly electronic
newsletter and invitations to events (if you provided an email).
is the beginning of an important relationship with UNF. It is an exciting time
for your new college student, but it can also be challenging. Now is the time
to begin discussing finances, behavioral issues related to drugs and alcohol,
academic expectations, class attendance and campus resources. The Office of
Parent and Family Programs offers parent/guardian orientation programming which
will provide you with ideas to get the conversation flowing. We look forward to
helping you on your journey through the college transition. Parent/Guardian
Orientation is planned to help you learn more about the opportunities and
challenges your student will experience as he or she begins college and how you
can support your student during college. Our sessions are designed to be very
informative, and we encourage all attendees to be present for the planned
presentations. You will receive much of the same information as your student,
but from the parent perspective.
Parking: The Orientation office is mailing your
student one parking permit per family. Be sure to bring it with you and don't
forget to place it on the dash board in a visible location each day of
Orientation as the attendants don't look inside the car for the permit. That
permit will allow you to park on the second, third or fourth floor of the Fine
Arts parking garage (Building #44) which is next to the Fine Arts Center
(Building 45) where you and your student will check-in. If you have not
received the parking permit before you leave for your Orientation, stop at the
Parking Services building when you arrive on campus and tell them you are here
for Orientation and they will have extra permits. The Student Orientation
Leaders also have extra parking permits.
Community First Credit Union has valuable
membership benefits to your student via their on-campus branch. Since your time
on campus during Orientation is limited, we encourage you to consider opening
an account online prior to your visit. When a student has an on-campus account,
the staff at our branch assists the students with their account maintenance and
advise them when considering taking loans for study abroad travel. Save time
during Orientation and complete your membership application today by visiting www.communityfirstfl.org. An initial
deposit of $5 to be held in your Community First Share account is required for
membership. If you live outside of our five-county region, you will need to
provide at least one form of government-issued identification (bring a 2nd
if available) and the student's letter of admission to open an account and you
can quickly complete the process during Orientation.
for the Bookstore Rental Program: If your student is interested
in renting his or her books, direct your student to our rental website https://rental.bkstr.com/. We also have an
informational page at http://content.efollett.com/text_rental/
On Day 1 you can check-in at the Fine Arts Center lobby beginning at
10 a.m., and the program takes place at 11 a.m. at the Andrew Robinson
Theater next to the Fine Arts Center. If you arrive early, you can visit
offices to conduct any business you need to do before beginning Orientation.
Also your student will need to get his or her picture taken for the Osprey
1Card before the program begins or when he or she is with the Orientation
Leaders on day 2. Be sure your student has a picture ID for verification when
applying for the Osprey1 Card. Medical Compliance will have staff at check-in
to receive any immunization forms not already submitted. The Chartwell's
business office is open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday if you still need to
make a down payment on a meal plan. Before your student begins classes, find
out more about Chartwell's policies on their website, www.unf.edu/dineoncampus.com. Click
on Meal plans and then FAQs.
This is the beginning of two days where you will learn about the University
while spending time with other parents. Over the years the parents said they
would like to meet the other parents early during Orientation so we encourage
you to ask questions from the parents who have had other children in college as
well as those who live near you or share the same interests you do. These
parents may be the parents of your student's roommate or they may live near you
so you can carpool for trips between your home and the University. Your day is
packed with informational sessions, but if you find some time with your
student, please visit the UNF Bookstore and our campus branch of the Community
First Credit Union for opening student accounts located in the Student Union.
After the University Welcome, your first session is about the financial
services provided by the Cashier's office and One-Stop. This session is
followed by your lunch (on your own) break and the opportunity to visit the
various campus representatives to answer your questions. A tour of a sample
residence room and the new clubhouse will also be offered at this time. Your
afternoon sessions will include academic policies and a session with Housing
and Residence Life and Chartwell’s food services. The students end their day
with a fun activity to help them get to know their fellow classmates better.
Parents will remain in the theater for our closing session until their student
returns. Day 1 ends at 6:30 p.m.
You are welcome to stay on campus and eat dinner in the Osprey Café or enjoy
one of the restaurants near campus and your hotel. Take advantage of this
opportunity to discuss some of the information you learned today with your
student before registration the next day.
On your second day of Orientation, you will check in again
in the lobby of the Fine Arts Center. Check-in opens at 7 a.m. and the program
begins at 8 a.m., but nothing else is open on campus so you don't need to
arrive at 7 a.m.; just plan to arrive on time for the opening session. NOTE: Coffee
and breakfast snacks will be available in the lobby of the Robinson Theater,
but no food or drink is allowed in the theater. Don't hold your student's bag
as he or she will need it for registration. After the welcome, the students
will meet with the Orientation Team Leaders for their various sessions
throughout the day. Your morning sessions will assist you with the transition
to being the parent of a college students, how to parent a healthy Osprey,
provide tips on student success from a professor and how Career Services can
help your student with deciding on a major. That office even has a volunteer
job for you.
Lunch on your own is available at the UNF Café and Boathouse Grille or at
Outtakes in the Courtyard area by Founder's Hall (Building 2) and at the
Student Union. While there could be some overlap with the student schedule, you
will not be eating with your student. We feel it is important for students to
take this time to get to know the other students so they are encouraged to eat
together. Be sure they have their own money for lunch.
During this break, we will be offering a campus tour, mini sessions on
Fraternities and Sororities, intramurals and club sports, opportunities for
non-music majors and instructions on navigating the UNF website and setting up
your payment options in myWings.
While we have a lot of information to present to you, we know that you will
need a break. When you get your lunch break, you can choose to take a campus
tour, attend one or more of the breakout sessions, have a long lunch, read a
good book on one of the tree-shaded benches around the Green, visit the library
or use the Student Wellness Facilities. You can walk along the inside track on
the third floor, use the equipment or climb the rock climbing wall. If you would like to do
this, plan ahead and bring a change of clothes and remember that you must wear
closed toed/closed heeled shoes. You will show your Orientation name tag so the
staff will know you are part of Parent Orientation and sign a waiver and you
will be all set to enjoy this beautiful facility.
After your lunch break, you will meet us outside the Robinson Theater to
walk to the Coggin College of Business where your afternoon sessions will be
conducted in Stein Auditorium. Or you can meet us there by 1:15 p.m. for our
first session. You will have sessions covering IT resources, safety, policies,
conduct and some of the campus essentials.
Our last parent session will be "Ask the Experts" panel for you to
ask the questions we haven't answered, i.e., how much spending money, what type
of computer, what do the students need to bring and what not to bring to
campus, etc. To end the session, you will complete you evaluation and turn it
in along with your name tag. You will receive your "Proud Parent"
t-shirt and then your student will join you back at the Robinson Theater for
your last session of the day with Athletics and Campus Life. The day will end
by 5 p.m. so you can make that last trip to the Bookstore. The bookstore is
stocked with the UNF Reads book for freshmen and the academic planners.
You will receive a detailed schedule upon arrival. For additional
information on our Orientation process, please refer to "A Parent's Guide
to UNF's Student Orientation ". The brochure will be mailed to families
who had not registered. You can pick one up at Orientation or we are happy to
mail one if you request it at email@example.com.
For your comfort, please note that the Theater is cold so you may need a light
jacket or sweater. Also, you will be walking around campus so wear comfortable
shoes like tennis shoes, not heels or sandals. Also, if you are bringing any
guest, send us the name for the name tags.
There is no on-campus housing for students during Orientation. If you are
traveling to Jacksonville and require a hotel room, your student will stay with
you. If you haven't made a reservation, please support the hotels that partner
with the members of the Parents Association:
Embassy Suites Hampton Inn
Jacksonville - Baymeadows I-295 & Baymeadows
(904) 731-3555 (904) 363-7150
Request promotion code:PO3-UNF special rate
Courtyard by Marriott Residence Inn Baymeadows
San Pablo/Beaches (904) 733-8088
(904) -223-1700 www.jacksonvilleresidenceinn.com
www.jacksonvillemayocliniccourtyard.com Request special UNF corporate rate code of $74 a night
Request special UNF corporate rate code of $74 a night
Best Western Hilton Garden Inn
Hotel JTB/Southpoint Jacksonville JTB/Deerwood Park
(904) 281-0900 (904) 997-6600
Spring Hill Suites by Marriott Residence Inn by Marriott
Southside Boulevard Deerwood Park
(904) 997-6650 (904) 996-8900
Don't wait to get connected to UNF. To help you get started, remember that the Office of Parent and Family Programs is a resource for you, the newest members of our Osprey Family! We encourage you to be an active part of your child's experiences at UNF and hope you will visit our campus often. Utilize your Parents Association membership, attend events and stay informed of campus news. To request assistance, please contact Jeanne Middleton at 904-620-1567 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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