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Family Orientation

The University of Tampa community is pleased to present Family Orientation to our class of 2020 parents, family and guardians.

Online registration for the Fall 2016 Family Orientation program is now closed. Parents, family and guardians who wish to attend the Family Orientation program on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, can register for the program on-site on Thursday, Aug. 25, between 12–5 p.m. at Grand Salon, Plant Hall or at the Hilton Downtown Tampa on Friday, Aug. 26, between 7–9 a.m. There is a $90 fee per person to attend this program, and seats are limited for the closing luncheon.


As you prepare to come to campus, be sure to take a look at the Family Orientation Schedule in order to maximize your orientation experience.

Schedule Summary

All residence halls open Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, for our residential first-year and transfer students. Commuter first-year and transfer students will need to check in for orientation in the Grand Salon located in Plant Hall. Upon your student checking into orientation, parents, family members and guardians who sign up for the program by Aug. 1, 2016, will also receive their name tag(s) included in your student's orientation check-in envelope.

Please note that if you are a parent, family member or guardian of an international student (studying on a visa), international students should arrive on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, for a special International Student Orientation program. International students are also expected to attend all new student orientation activities beginning Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, through Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016.

Parents, family members or guardians are free to help their students settle into their residence hall rooms on Thursday, Aug. 25, prior to their floor meeting, which will take place at 7 p.m. In addition to settling into their residence hall rooms, you and your student may elect to tour the campus, visit our historical Plant Hall Museum or take a legacy photograph.

Lunch and dinner located in Ultimate Dining on Thursday, Aug. 25, are included in the fee for families which have registered for the Family Orientation program.

The Family Orientation program will take place on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. This is an optional program which is included for those who have registered to participate in Family Orientation. The Family Orientation program will take place at the Hilton Tampa Downtown. During the Friday program, parents, family members and guardians are invited to meet key administrative staff and attend presentations on Student Services, Residence Life, First Year Learning Experience, Career Services, Student Success Center and Student Health and Counseling. A continental breakfast and closing lunch banquet will be provided as a part of the Family Orientation registration fee. There will be limited on-site registration available that day. The Family Orientation program concludes immediately following the luncheon on Friday, Aug. 26.


Please contact Orientation and Family Engagement at (813) 257-1999 or with any question.

Spring 2017 (January)

Information for families with a student starting spring semester.

Schedule: Spring Family Orientation Schedule

The official program for parents and families begins on Friday, Jan. 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. An optional breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. Please note, if you are a parent or a family member of an international student (studying on a visa), international students should arrive on Wednesday, Jan. 13. A special international student orientation program will be held on Thursday, Jan. 14, to which you are invited. International students also are expected to attend all new student orientation activities on Friday, Jan. 15.