Parent and Family 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 out students’ parents and family members play a vital role in their college success.

Parents and family members 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 and family member sessions while the students have separate sessions and activities. For example, academic advising and course registration is a student-only activity. During the Parent Orientation, 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, perhaps through the Parents Association or Parents Council

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 and family members 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 and Family Orientation program please contact Jeanne Middleton at (904) 620-1567 or by email.


With your first-year $50 membership into the UNF Parents Association, registration for the Parent and Family Orientation is included. To sign up for your membership and to register for Parent Orientation, please click here. The Parent Orientation is a separate process from the registration students complete for the New Student Orientation via their myWings, The membership covers the costs of the Parent Orientation, publications, snacks, materials and also includes your first-year membership into the UNF Parents Association. As a member, you will receive a T-shirt, mailings, invitations to special events, a monthly e-newsletter and a subscription to the UNF Alumni Journal. We cannot offer reduced cost of membership for partial attendance.

Parent and Student Orientation run concurrently, so please be sure to double check with your student that you are registering for the same Orientation date 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. 

Orientation Dates

Fall 2017 only: 

August 16 – 17


Parent Orientation is a two-day orientation that runs concurrently with the New Student Orientation. For more information on the New Student Orientation schedule, please click here.  


Parent Orientation Schedule - Aug. 16 - 17

 Day One - Parent Orientation 
9:45 a.m.       Drop your student off in front of the Fine Arts Center (Bldg. 45) with a Freshmen Year Experience (FYE) Mentor  Fine Arts Center
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.            Student math placement test (Please note your student's FYE Mentor will take them to the math placement test location.)  Math Emporium or Library 
2 p.m.  Parent Check-in      Fine Arts Center 
3 p.m.. Parent Welcome Fine Arts Center, Robinson Theater 
3:15 p.m. Undergraduate Studies and Academic Center for Excellence (ACE)  Fine Arts Center, Robinson Theater
3:35 p.m. Investment in College Finance Panel      Fine Arts Center, Robinson Theater
4:30 p.m. Student Financial Aid  Fine Arts Center, Robinson Theater
5 p.m.       Resource Fair  Student Union, Ballrooms
Day Two - Parent Orientation
8 a.m.  Optional - Campus Tour Fine Arts Center, Robinson Theater Lobby               
8:30 a.m. Student Support Services Fine Arts Center, Robinson Theater 
9 a.m.  Professor's Perspective Fine Arts Center, Robinson Theater
9:30 a.m.  Career Services Fine Arts Center, Robinson Theater
10 a.m.  Information Technology Services (ITS) and Parent Portal Fine Arts Center, Robinson Theater
10:30 a.m. Housing Panel Fine Arts Center, Robinson Theater
11 a.m. University Police Department Fine Arts Center, Robinson Theater
11:45 a.m.  Lunch and Ask the Experts Panel
*Please note the orientation registration fee of $50 covers lunch for two. Additional guests will be expected to pay $5 for a boxed lunch. 
Osprey Commons, Talon Room
12:45 p.m. Parent Involvement Opportunities  Osprey Commons, Talon Room 
1:15 p.m. Financial Literacy Fine Arts Center, Robinson Theater
1:30 p.m. Optional - Non-music major informational session Fine Arts Center, Robinson Theater East Wing
1:30 p.m. & 2 p.m.          Optional - Housing showroom tours Andrew Robinson Jr. Building (14B)

Student Packing List for Overnight Stay 

Students will be staying overnight at the Osprey Fountains. Below you will find a list of what 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.)