Parent/Guardian Orientation Information

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 Office of Parent and Family Programs at (904) 620-1567 or by email.


Click here to register

The parent registration for Orientation is a separate process from the registration students complete for the New Student Orientation 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. Below is the overview of the parent sessions. A more detailed schedule will be available later in spring 2018. Please note, there are some sessions for both parents and students, however parents may not attend the student-only sessions.

 Day 1 - Programs in Hicks Hall
2 – 3 p.m. Parent Check-in
3:15 - 4:15 p.m. Pathways to Success: Enrollment Management Session
4:15 – 6 p.m.            Student Affairs Resource Fair and Parent Association Reception

 Day 2 - Programs in Robins 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.)