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Parent/Guardian Orientation Information


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The parent registration for Orientation is a separate process from the New Student Orientation that students register for via their MyWings. Parent and student sessions run concurrently during Orientation, so please be sure to double check with your student that you are registering for the same Orientation date that they have selected. If your student switches orientation dates, please contact our office to switch your Parent and Family Orientation reservation by emailing or calling (904) 620-1567.  


Parents are required to sign up for the parent sessions during Orientation. 

Orientation Overview

On behalf of the UNF family, we welcome you and your student and look forward to assisting you as your student transitions from the routine of a high school student to that of a college student.

During Orientation, students will be preparing to be an Osprey. However, Orientation is not just for students, it is for parents, too. At UNF we feel our students’ parents/guardians and family members play a vital role in their college success.

Parents and guardians have a similar opportunity to get to know the campus and the faculty and staff that will be working with their student. We offer parent sessions while the students have separate sessions and activities. For example, academic advising and course registration is a student-only activity. During the Parent sessions, you will learn about:

  • Policies, standards, and behavioral expectations for students
  • How the University communicates with parents and family members
  • How to access information through the UNF Parents Portal
  • How parents can stay appropriately involved on the college level, including through the Parents Association

It’s a lot, but by the end of Orientation, students and parents should feel welcome and part of a new community. Having met college personnel, parents should be more comfortable when they drop their student off on move-in day, and more at home when returning for Family Weekend in the fall. 


For additional information regarding our parent sessions during Orientation, please contact the Parents Association at (904) 620-1567 or by email.

Below is an overview of the Parent Orientation schedule:


Optional Campus Tour –  If you would like to tour the campus while you are attending Orientation, please schedule a tour online before arriving for Orientation. If you arrive early on day one of your Orientation, we suggest you plan to take the 10 a.m. tour before check-in. If you would like to tour the campus at the end of our Orientation, please view the complete listing of times on the Welcome Center website


 Day 1 - Programs in Hicks Hall 
2 – 3 p.m. Parent Check-in 
2 - 3:15 p.m.      Student Affairs Resource Fair and Parents Association Reception 
3:15 - 4:15 p.m.          Pathways to Success: Enrollment Management Session

Dinner on your own; on campus dinner options will be available the day of orientation.


 Day 2 - Programs in Robinson Theatre
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Welcome and Success Strategies
  Academic Success
  Financial Success
  Student Success
  Well-being Success
  Career Success
  Technology Success
  Living On-Campus Success
12:30 p.m.      Closing Remarks

Lunch on your own; on campus lunch options will be available day of orientation.


Summer and Fall 2018

First time in college student orientation dates are:

May 24 – 25

May 29 – 30

May 30 – 31

May 31 – June 1

June 5 – 6

June 6 – 7

June 7 – 8

June 12 – 13

June 13 – 14

June 14 – 15

June 19 – 20

June 20 – 21

June 21 – 22

Aug. 16

Transfer student orientation dates are:

May 4

May 8

Aug. 7

Aug. 10

Aug. 14

* Please note the transfer orientation schedule differs from the first time in college student orientation schedule. This schedule is forthcoming.

Student Packing List for Overnight Stay (If applicable) 

If your student is participating in a two-day overnight orientation, please review the list below regarding items students should pack for their stay:

  • Clothing for two days
  • Pillow
  • Light blanket (linens are provided, but rooms can get chilly)
  • Toiletries
  • Towel
  • Any medication that may be needed
  • Phone charger
  • Bathing suit and/or tennis shoes (in the evening, students have the option to play volleyball, use the lazy river, enjoy a movie or check out the game room.)