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Congratulations, Spartans, and welcome to your new home at The University of Tampa!

UT is dedicated to make your transition one of a kind and offers orientation programs designed to help first-year students, transfer students, commuter students and international students successfully transition to our community. Throughout your orientation, you will be exposed to many valuable resources, interact with a variety of campus student leaders and participate in social experiences to begin to make new connections with fellow Spartans.

Our orientation program is also designed to help assist family members in participating and understanding their students' experience during this exciting time. For more information regarding Family Orientation and information on local hotels, please visit the Family Orientation website.


The new student orientation schedules at a glance will be available in mid-November.

Schedule Summary

During your orientation program, all first-year students, transfer students and international students will participate in a variety of programs. These programs consist of presentations and workshops designed to ensure our students successfully transition to campus. Students should anticipate being involved in orientation events starting Thursday, Jan. 17, following move-in, through Friday evening, Jan. 18.

In addition to the new student orientation program, international students and transfer students on F1 visas will arrive for a special orientation prior to the regular new student orientation program. This also applies to new graduate international students within the Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies.


Students are encouraged to view Orientation Frequently Asked Questions for more information. Please contact Orientation and Family Engagement at (813) 257-1999 or with any questions.

Important Dates

Important "to do" dates and the academic calendar.


Volunteer and get quickly involved with the campus and community.
  • Orientation Service Project
    During orientation, new and continuing students will travel to a variety of volunteer agencies in the Tampa community as part of one of two annual volunteer service events coordinated by UT's PEACE (People Exploring Active Community Experiences) Volunteer Center.

Directions and Hotel

Campus map and directions to the host hotel.

General Information

Find area restaurants, shopping and campus contacts.

Orientation Leader

Orientation Leaders are a group of energetic and dedicated student who assist the Office of Student Affairs.

Orientation Leaders at The University of Tampa are a group of energetic and dedicated students who assist the Office of Student Affairs in welcoming first-year and transfer students. Orientation Leaders (OLs) have a unique role in helping implement the orientation program, and such as, they attend a required training just prior to fall orientation. Because they are some of the first faces incoming students see, their role is critical to the experience.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Full time, enrolled, degree-seeking student through fall semester
  • Be in good academic standing and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Be in good standing with the Office of Student Conduct
  • Must attend and participate in all events and training programs
    • NOTE: An applicant must be available for the dates and times listed in the application timeline.
  • Must have open availability Aug. 14 - 26, 2018

Note: Applicant cannot serve as a resident assistant (RA) or ELITE mentor and serve as an Orientation Leader.

Spartan Ready

The Spartan Ready skills are meant to prepare UT graduates to be successful professionals with an advanced understanding of their field of study, the interdisciplinary workplace, how to be effective leaders and engaged citizens who contribute to society. These competencies are a general outline of the knowledge, skills and abilities that Orientation Leaders are expected to possess. While applicants do not need to have expertise in these areas, we are seeking applicants who have a basic level of understanding and who are willing to continue to learn and grow.

Position Responsibilities

  • Assist with the implementation of the fall orientation program for incoming first-year students, transfer students and families. Duties may include assisting with check-in, leading campus tours, greeting students and their families, etc.;
  • Actively participate in all related training sessions;
  • Serve as a resource and role model to new students throughout orientation;
  • Provide new students and families with a general introduction to the University and its functions;
  • Foster team building and social engagement;
  • Promote attendance and participation at all orientation events; and
  • Flexibility to complete various duties as needed.

Perks and Compensation

  • Official Orientation Leader T-shirts;
  • An informative and interactive training session that will prepare applicants for their role as an Orientation Leader;
  • An opportunity to participate in group activities and a chance to connect with other student leaders;
  • Complete a requirement to apply for UT Diplomats;
  • Early move-in to campus on Aug.14, 2018; and
  • Meals provided throughout the duration of training and fall orientation.

Application Process

Applications for the 2019–2020 Orientation Leader team will be available in February 2019.