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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.

Fall 2016 (August)

Information for first year students starting fall semester.

Congratulations, Spartans, and welcome to your new home at The University of Tampa (UT)! We are excited that you have chosen to be a part of the UT community. Your undergraduate experience begins here with orientation.

We know that coming to college for the first time is an exciting and important time. UT is dedicated to making sure your transition is one of a kind and offers a four-day program to help you successfully transition into our community. From your first semester to subsequent years at UT, our orientation program will provide you with information on how to be successful at our University, expose you to University resources, and connect you to new and current students. In addition, our orientation team, comprised of dedicated and enthusiastic student leaders, will assist you throughout the program, help you navigate the campus and answer questions you may have about UT.

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 registering for Family Orientation and information on the host hotel, visit the Family Orientation website.


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

Schedule Summary

During your orientation program, all first-year students will participate in a variety of mandatory programs. These programs consist of seminar classes, presentations and workshops designed to ensure our students successfully transition to campus. Students should anticipate being involved in orientation events starting Thursday, Aug. 25, following move in, through Sunday evening, Aug. 28. You can access information regarding your assigned check-in time as stated by the students' last name, view the Fall Residential Move-In Times.

In order to expedite your check-in, please make sure to have your photo ID ready to complete the check-in process. Students who arrive prior to their check-in time may spend time waiting before they are able to check-in for orientation and their residence halls.

Commuter students are able to check-in for orientation in the Grand Salon, Plant Hall on Aug. 25 from 12–3 p.m. After 4:30 p.m., new students can check-in for orientation (undergraduate, domestic, residential and commuter) will be held in the Vaughn Center Information Desk.

In addition to the new student orientation program, international students 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.

Throughout the day on Thursday, Aug. 25, 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 Friday, Aug. 26, students will begin their first collegiate course, First-Year Seminar. Attendance is mandatory and time missed during the orientation period will be considered a course absence. Students will be meeting their faculty advisors, covering academic course material, engaging in orientation-related activities and listening to various educational and safety issues. Each evening, social activities will be sponsored by our social Greek letter organizations, Student Productions, Residence Hall Association, Athletics and Student Government.


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

Spring 2016 (January)

Information for freshman students starting fall semester.

Schedule:Spring First Year Student Orientation Schedule (PDF)

We look forward to seeing you in January!

All new residential students are required to check in from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14, at the Vaughn Center Information Desk. Commuter and late orientation check-in is Friday, Jan. 15, from 7:30 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. 14, and Friday, Jan. 15, 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. 15, and First-Year Seminar for all new freshmen. Attendance is required in the First-Year Seminar 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. 16, and Sunday, Jan. 17.