First Year Student Orientation

The orientation programs are designed to help you learn your way around campus, discover ways to get involved in student life, meet faculty and staff and make new friends.

Spring 2015 (January)

Information for freshman students starting fall semester.

To view the comprehensive orientation schedule, please click here.

We look forward to seeing you in January!

All new residential students are required to check in from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15, at the Vaughn Center Information Desk. Commuter and late orientation check-in is Friday, Jan. 16, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Vaughn Center information desk. The final orientation schedule will be available to you at that time.

Throughout the day on Thursday, Jan. 15, and Friday, Jan. 16, students are encouraged to complete all check-in-related tasks as outlined on their check-in envelopes. There will be a transfer program occurring on Friday, Jan. 16, and Gateways for all new freshmen. Attendance is required in the Gateways course; time missed during the orientation period will be considered a course absence. Students will be meeting their faculty advisers, covering academic course materials and engaging in orientation-related activities.

Evening events are scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 17, and Sunday, Jan. 18. Friday, Jan. 23, is the PEACE Community Service Project  Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. This is an opportunity for students to work alongside faculty members, staff and other students on community service projects in the Tampa Bay area. Advance registration is required. We encourage you to sign up for our most popular orientation program!

Fall 2015 (August)

Information for first year students starting fall semester.

The comprehensive First Year Student Orientation schedule will be posted July 1.    

Schedule Summary:   

All residence halls will open Wednesday, Aug. 26 for all residential students cleared for curbside check-in. Uncleared students are to first check-in for orientation in Plant Hall before arriving at their assigned residence hall. 

Commuter students who are cleared are welcome to check-in for orientation in the Grand Salon on Aug. 26 from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. After 4:30 p.m., all cleared students' orientation check-in (undergraduate, domestic, residential and commuter) will be held at the Vaughn Center Information Desk.

All students uncleared by Aug. 3 must first check-in for orientation in Fletcher Lounge before arriving at their assigned residence halls. Fletcher Lounge will open Aug. 26 at 9:30 a.m. Following check-in for orientation, students are welcome to move into their assigned residence hall at the stated times by the students’ last name found on the orientation schedule. Please don't forget to bring your photo ID to complete the check-in process!

Students may spend time waiting if they arrive before their assigned time.

Throughout the day on Wednesday, Aug. 26, students are encouraged to complete all check-in related tasks as outlined on their check-in envelope. A mandatory residence hall floor meeting will occur in the evening for all residential students followed by a social program for all students.

On Thursday, Aug. 27,  through Friday, Aug. 28, students will begin their first collegiate course, Gateways or Pathways to Honors. Attendance is required and time missed during the orientation period will be considered a course absence. Students will be meeting their faculty advisors, covering academic course materials, participating in opening convocation, engaging in orientation-related activities and listening to national speakers highlighting various educational and safety issues. Each evening, social activities will be sponsored by our social Greek letter organizations, Student Productions or Residence Hall Association.