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 our 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.


Click here to register

With your first-year $75 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. One important benefit of the Parents Association is the ongoing communication and involvement with the University you will receive for the entire term of membership. 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.


In order to attend Parent Orientation, you must be a member of the Parent Association. 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. 

Spring 2018

First time in college student orientation dates are: 

Dec. 7

The schedule for the parent orientation on Dec. 7 can be found by clicking here.  


Transfer student orientation dates are:

Jan. 5

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

Please find a brief schedule listed below. A more detailed schedule will be available later in the spring of 2018.  
Day 1
2 – 3 p.m. Check-in
2:30 – 4 p.m.  Program Options: 
  Housing Tour 
  Pathways to Success: Enrollment Management Session
  Walking Campus Tour 
4:30 – 6 p.m.            Student Affairs Open House 
Day 2 
8:30 – 11:30 a.m.     Welcome and Success Strategies Part I:

Academic Success

Financial Success
  Student Success
11:30 a.m.  Lunch and Student and Parent Panel 
12:30 – 2:30 p.m.  Success Strategies Part II: 
  Career Success
  Technology Success
  Living On-Campus Success
  Well-being Success
2:30 p.m.      Parent Engagement and Evaluation 
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.)