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First Year Ospreys

We are so excited that UNF is your choice for college! Before taking flight we'll teach you everything you need to know to be a UNF Osprey.


Orientation registration for summer and fall students opens at the end of October. You'll be notified through email when reservations open, so monitor your inbox!


Find information below about the First Year Orientation program and what to expect, preview the orientation dates and tentative schedule, and Get started! Learn all about the UNF First Year New Student Orientation experience and how faculty, staff, and current student leaders are ready to welcome you to the Nest. Swoop!


Made Your Decision? - Get Started!

alt="New Student Orientation Logo"    STEP 1: Register for your New Student Orientation.
Checkmark in a blue circle   STEP 2: Begin completing your First Year New Student Orientation Checklist. You'll want to give yourself time to complete these so don't wait too late! 
notepad in a blue circle   STEP 3: Prepare for Takeoff - Review the First Year Orientation Details to find your overnight packing list, schedule, travel instructions and everything you'll need to have a great time at orientation!


If you have any questions along the way please ask! You can email or call the New Student Orientation office at or (904) 620-1722. Pro Tip! Always include your UNF Student ID number when leaving a message or sending an email, it will help us assist you better with your questions. 

First Year Orientation Overview

UNF's Freshmen Orientation is designed to provide you with key tools and resources necessary to have a successful academic career at UNF. Registering for and attending first year orientation programming is a university requirement for all incoming first year students.


First Year Orientation

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First Year Orientation Travel Information


What to Expect

  • Find Your Flock - Connect with your First-Year Experience Mentor who will guide you through orientation. Your Mentor is one of UNF's best, and as a current student, they are prepared to answer your questions. You'll also meet other new Ospreys who will be in your group.
  • College Sessions - Meet faculty and staff from your college and learn about the Transformational Learning Opportunities available to you. It's a great way to get involved outside the classroom.
  • Academic Advising - Meet your academic advisor and discuss your degree goals, course selection, and plan for your first year at UNF.
  • Academic Support - Hear from the Student Academic Support Services office about tutoring, peer guided study groups, and other services you can take advantage of to help you thrive in your coursework.
  • Course Registration - After visiting your academic advisor we'll teach your how to enroll in classes and help you register for your first term at UNF.
  • Life as a UNF Osprey - Learn all about what makes UNF unique. We'll teach you our traditions, introduce you to organizations and clubs, and talk about the recreational perks of being a UNF Osprey.

Planning to bring a Parent or Family member? See the Parent and Family Orientation website for further details and to register your guests for Parent and Family Orientation.

If attending an overnight orientation program and you require accessible housing, please contact us at (904)620-1722 as soon as possible so that necessary arrangements can be made.

Know Before You Go

Online Orientation

Your transition to the University of North Florida is our absolute highest priority! We have created an introductory Online Orientation to help you learn about UNF before you arrive for your on-campus First Year New Student Orientation. Online Orientation is designed specifically to be a supplement that goes along with our in-person program. To view Online Orientation, simply log into your myWings account, click the What's Next tile and select the View Online Orientation link.

Next Steps Guide for New Students Canvas Course

To assist you in your transition to UNF and to help you with completing your First Year New Student Checklist, you will be given access to the Next Steps Guide For New Students course in Canvas, located under the Canvas tile in myWings. You will be given access to the course within 24 hours of completing your New Student Orientation registration


First Year Orientation Schedule

It is mandatory that freshman students attend their scheduled New Student Orientation session in its entirety. Below is our tentative Orientation schedule.

Spring 2021 First-Year Orientation

  • Friday, December 4, 2020 - Virtual Programming 
  • Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - Virtual Programming


All Spring 2021 Orientation Programming will take place in a live virtual setting. Registration is required to confirm to UNF and registration is completed in myWings. A confirmation will be sent to you after you register and you'll receive the Zoom link to access the live Virtual Orientation one week prior to your session. 

Summer and Fall 2021 First-Year Orientation

Coming Soon! Registration for Summer/Fall 2021 admitted Ospreys will open at the end of October. Monitor your email for notifications and updates.


Please note, all schedules are subject to change. Be sure to check your new UNF email in myWings for important orientation registration and admissions announcements.