Freshmen Orientation FAQs
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About the Orientation Program
Yes. Orientation is mandatory for all First-Time-In-College (FTIC) students. Students are required to attend all programs and presentations during their orientation session. Attendance is taken at some of the sessions, and your presence is expected at all times. We approach attendance at orientation as if you are already UNF students. For example, with many of UNF's classes, there is an attendance policy, and with some there is not, but in order to do well and succeed, you must be present. We feel the same way about orientation and in order for you to start out well and informed at UNF, being present and participating in your orientation session is crucial. (Oh yeah--it's fun, too!)
New Student Orientation is a two-day program, unless otherwise noted.
Students register for New Student Orientation on their MyWings account. Orientation reservations are accepted by session on a first come first serve basis. Some sessions will fill before others. Once a student has signed up for a session they will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours. Students will also receive a confirmation packet by mail. It is important to check all schedules (graduation, work, vacations, etc.)
making an Orientation reservation. Once a reservation has been made it may be difficult to choose another session with an open space.
- Government-issued photo ID (required in order to pick up your University ID)
- Clothing for two days
- Light blanket (We provide sheets, but the rooms get a little chilly.)
- Any medication you need
- Alarm clock (Don’t forget your cell phone charger if your phone is your alarm.)
- An umbrella or raincoat (Unexpected rainstorms happen in Florida.)
- Bathing suit (The Fountains Residence Hall, where you’ll be staying, has a pool and a lazy river for you to enjoy in the evening.)
There is no way to predict which classes will be available at registration throughout the summer. However, the most popular classes for FTIC students -- English and math in particular -- are carefully monitored throughout the summer to make sure there is adequate space. Those departments will open new class sections if they see the need to create more room for new students. While there may be a wider variety of class options at earlier sessions, it's actually possible that someone at a later Orientation session may get to choose from options that weren't available earlier in the summer. The perfect schedule may not be available, but all students should be able to register for a full load of classes that will fulfill their core curriculum and degree requirements. New students should be prepared to be flexible and should not rule out registering for classes that begin as early as 8:00 a.m. or later in the afternoon. Students who are not satisfied with their schedule can change it as late as the fourth day of semester classes during the Drop/Add period.
Orientation sessions are assigned on a first come, first serve basis, and it's not always possible to assign students to their first choice. However, if you do need to change sessions, please go to your MyWings account and select a new, available date. We will work with you to get you into an open Orientation session.
If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled Orientation sessions, you should call the Office of Orientation at (904) 620-1722 for instructions.
Yes. Students pay a $35 Orientation fee, along with a $125 associated program cost when making their Orientation Reservation. A student's reservation will not be held unless payment is submitted. Please know that all fees and costs are non-refundable. Parents/guests pay a separate $75 fee to participate in the Parent Orientation program. This fee is due at the time the Parent and Family Reservation Form is submitted.
Yes. At the conclusion of the Orientation program, students may purchase their textbooks at the UNF Bookstore in the Student Union or through the UNF bookstore website
. Please note, Fall textbooks may not yet be available in the campus bookstore on the day of your orientation session, as they do not generally go on sale until July 1. Students may wait until the first week of classes to purchase or rent textbooks.
We are asking that all incoming students take a proctored math placement test on campus. The math placement exam is a UNF proctored test, and it is required the student take the test on UNF campus. All students will have the opportunity to take the math placement test on the second day of their orientation programming. The test will also be proctored on several dates prior to the orientation sessions, and students may sign up to take the exam on campus before their orientation, as long as they have already registered for an orientation date. For more information on how to take the math placement early, please visit the Welcome Center - Math Placement Sign-up
page. To learn more about the how the test informs your college level math course selection, please go to the math placement information page
The math test is a review of Algebra II. Please study the following concepts: exponential rules (multiplication and division); scientific notation; factoring; two equations with two unknowns; linear inequalities; percentages; rational expressions (multiplication, addition and subtraction); equations with radicals; addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of polynomials; quadratic inequalities; functions; rational fractions; slopes and equations of lines; perpendicular and parallel lines; and solving equations with radicals.
The math placement exam is administered through the UNF Math Department at various locations around campus. The best opportunity to take the exam is prior to your orientation session on one of the dates the exam is being proctored. To view and sign-up to take the math placement exam before your orientation, please visit the Welcome Center - Math Placement Sign-up
page. Please contact the UNF New Student Orientation Office for details. In preparation for that exam, you may access practice tests and utilize learning modules in the Canvas section on your myWings
student portal account. It is best to use a Chrome browser when trying to access the math placement test.
No. The test is computer based and will provide an online calculator when appropriate.
Yes. We recommend all incoming students take the math placement test, regardless of ACT, SAT, AP scores or dual enrollment credit. The test could place you in a higher level class than expected. If you have already earned a certain level math by other means, you will not be required to retake that level.
Yes. We recommend all incoming students take the math placement test, regardless of ACT, SAT, AP scores or dual enrollment credit. The test could place you in a higher level class than expected. If you have already earned a certain level math by other means, you will not be required to retake that level course.
You will first take the UNF math placement test. If your score does not place you into college level math, you may be required to take remedial coursework at a local state college prior to beginning college level math at UNF. Enrollment and tuition at the state college would be the responsibility of the student. It is highly recommended that you utilize the learning resources and practice tests available in Canvas on your myWings student portal account prior to taking the proctored test.
The UNF writing placement test can be taken through your student myWings account. Simply log into your myWings using your student "N" number and password, and select the Canvas quick-link on the Home tab. Canvas will launch and open to your dashboard, and there you will find your course modules, select the Writing Placement module and read all instructions carefully before entering the exam. For questions please call (904) 620-1722.
Advising and Registration
Yes, overnight accommodations are provided for students who attend the two day program. Those attending a one day program will not have overnight lodging provided. We do not provide overnight accommodations for parents and guests, only students.
Yes. Any holds on your student account will keep you from registering for courses. Please check your UNF myWings account to view all holds.
- Login to myWings.
- Click on the Holds box
- The holds page will inform you of any holds you may have and the appropriate office to contact should you need to take care of them.
The most common hold placed on freshmen is an Immunization Hold indicating you have not completed submitting and clearing your Health Immunization records. This form should be submitted and cleared prior to your scheduled Orientation session so you may register for your classes. For information, visit the Health Immunization page. If you need to confirm that your records have been received and cleared, please contact the Office of Medical Compliance at (904) 620-2175.
Most students should receive this information about three weeks prior to housing check-in designated by housing operations. For more information contact Housing & Residence Life
at (904) 620-4663.
Due dates for Housing will be posted soon! Contact Housing and Residence Life at (904) 620-4663 for more information.
Chartwells Dining Services
UNF's meal memberships have been designed to accommodate the various needs of our students. With our meal memberships, you will have the option of eating up to 23 meals on campus each week. When you become a meal member, your student ID card, the Osprey1Card
, becomes your pass to use your meal membership at any of our dining locations. When you sign up, select your meal membership based on your academic schedules, eating patterns and social life. For more information contact Chartwells Meal Services
at (904) 620-2543.
The meal membership purchase process is done online for all students, and meal memberships can be purchased at any time. In order to purchase a meal membership, login to your MyWings account, click on the Student Records box, Student Self-Services, Meal Memberships, then Purchase a Meal Plan, and then select Meal Plan from the available options.
Tuition and Fees
Yes. Students parking on campus must have a valid parking permit
Semester and annual parking permits are available for purchase from Parking Services. Daily parking permits may also be purchased for $5 from parking permit dispensers located in and around parking lots 18 and 53
Parking passes are purchased online for your convenience through the Parking Services website
. Please note, students are not able to purchase a parking pass until after they have registered for classes (which will happen during Orientation). Students who are entering the Summer semester may purchase a term parking pass beginning in May. Students who are entering the Fall semester will be able to purchase a parking pass online beginning in August.
There are several different options for you to choose from. Please see the Parking Services website
for a full listing of available options to choose what is right for you.