Checklist for Parents and First-Year Students

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' 

Parent and Student Orientation Schedule of Events


          Orientation Dates for Students Admitted Spring 2017          
Dec. 2  (First Time in College Students)
Jan. 6 (Transfer Students)


Registration for Orientation

Research 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.


Important 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 Parent Orientation.  


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


UNF Parent/Guardian Orientation Confirmation

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).


This 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 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.


Pre-registration for the Bookstore Rental Program: If your student is interested in renting his or her books, direct your student to our rental website We also have an informational page at

Hotel Accommodations

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 Association:

Embassy Suites
Jacksonville - Baymeadows 
(904) 731-3555 
Request promotion code: PO3-UNF special rate

Hampton Inn
I-295 & Baymeadows
(904) 363-7150 
Courtyard by Marriott
San Pablo/Beaches   
(904) 223-1700  
Request special UNF corporate rate code of $74 a night            

Residence Inn Baymeadows
(904) 733-8088 
Request special UNF corporate rate code of $74 a night
Best Western 
Hotel JTB/Southpoint     
(904) 281-0900   

Hilton Garden Inn
Jacksonville JTB/Deerwood Park
(904) 997-6600 
Spring Hill Suites by Marriott
Southside Boulevard  
(904) 997-6650  
Residence Inn by Marriott
Deerwood Park
(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. 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