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 orientation 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 IS NOW OPEN!
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 e-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.
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 Check-In begins at 1 pm. and the program takes place
at 2 p.m. and your day ends at 5 p.m. after the resource fair. 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. 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 have questions regarding the 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. As locations and times are confirmed, they
will be added to the website so please check back to this page.
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.
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 and plan what other questions
you need to ask when you return to campus the next day. Students will have
their own schedule after the resource fair and will stay on campus overnight.
Day 2 of Orientation will be 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 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.
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 for your last session of the day. When the
session ends, your student will register for classes before leaving campus. 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
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.
comfort, please note that some of our theaters are 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.
If you are
traveling to Jacksonville, you will need to make arrangements to stay with a
family member or you may require a hotel room. Your student will stay in campus
housing on the first night of Orientation. If you haven't made a reservation,
please support the hotels that partner with the members of the Parents
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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