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: new student orientation check-list

 

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 Summer 2016                      Orientation Dates for Students Admitted Fall 2016           
May 24-25 June 30-July 1
May 26-27 July 7-8
May 31-June 1 July 11-12
June 2-3 July 14-15
June 6-7 July 18-19
June 9-10*  
*Honors Summer and Fall Admits   

 

 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:  REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

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 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/.

 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                                                                               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. 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 parents@unf.edu.