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.


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With your first-year $50 membership into the UNF Parents Association, registration for the Parent and Family Orientation is included. 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

First Time in College Student Orientation - Spring 2018: 

Dec. 7

Transfer Student Orientation - Spring 2018:

Jan. 5


The Parent Orientation schedule for Dec. 7 will be posted shortly. Thank you for your patience.  

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.)