Checklist for Parents and First-Year Students

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.

 

 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 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.

 

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:  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

 

 

UNF Parent/Guardian Orientation Confirmation

Welcome 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).

 

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. 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.

 

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 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 parents@unf.edu.

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

            www.embassysuitesjax.com/unf                                                   www.jacksonvillebaymeadows.hamptoninn.com

            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

            www.jacksonvillebestwestern.com                                               www.jacksonvillejtbdeerwoodpark.stayhgi.com

 

            Spring Hill Suites by Marriott                                                          Residence Inn by Marriott

            Southside Boulevard                                                                       Deerwood Park

            (904) 997-6650                                                                                (904) 996-8900

            www.marriott.com/jaxsh                                                                 www.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. 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 parents@unf.edu.