Please review the checklist
of things to do before attending Parent/Guardian Orientation. Check out this orientation check-list of things to do and discuss before your student takes off for UNF.
A handy new student check-list can be found here.
For additional information on our Orientation process, please refer to 'A Parent's Guide to UNF's New Student Orientation'.
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/Guardian 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 Parent/Guardian and New Student Orientation with your student. 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 to
attend. Your students will benefit from your support so join today and attend
How to Register and Pay for Orientation
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
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. The Parent Orientation fee also covers a one-year membership in
the Parents Association. 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. Parent/Guardian
Orientation is planned to help you learn about the opportunities and
challenges your student will experience and how you
can support them. 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/.
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 SuitesJacksonville - Baymeadows (904) 731-3555 www.embassysuitesjax.com/unf Request promotion code: PO3-UNF special rate
Hampton InnI-295 & Baymeadows(904) 363-7150 www.jacksonvillebaymeadows.hamptoninn.com
Courtyard by MarriottSan Pablo/Beaches (904) 223-1700www.jacksonvillemayocliniccourtyard.com Request special UNF corporate rate code of $74 a night
Residence Inn Baymeadows(904) 733-8088www.jacksonvilleresidenceinn.com Request special UNF corporate rate code of $74 a night
Best Western Hotel JTB/Southpoint (904) 281-0900 www.jacksonvillebestwestern.com
Hilton Garden InnJacksonville JTB/Deerwood Park(904) 997-6600www.jacksonvillejtbdeerwoodpark.stayhgi.com
Spring Hill Suites by MarriottSouthside Boulevard (904) 997-6650 www.marriott.com/jaxsh
Residence Inn by MarriottDeerwood Park(904) 996-8900www.marriott.com/jaxri
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. Take advantage of 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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