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First Year Student Orientation

Congratulations, Spartans, and welcome to your new home at The University of Tampa! 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, see Family Orientation.

Contact

Orientation and Family Engagement
(813) 257-1999
orientation@ut.edu

Fall 2018 (August)

Information for first year students starting fall semester...

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

Schedule

As you prepare to come to campus, be sure to take a look at the First-Year Student Orientation schedule-at-a-glance 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. 23, following move in through Sunday evening, Aug. 26. You will receive information regarding your assigned check-in time as stated by the students' last name found on the orientation schedule which will be available in mid-July.

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. 23, 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. 24, students will begin their orientation experience. Attendance is required. Students will be meeting their orientation leaders, covering academic policies and procedures, 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.

Register now to participate in Spartans Get Involved!

As a part of your Fall Orientation program, you will have the opportunity to participate in Spartans Get Involved! on Aug. 24. Register for one of the three activities listed below. Please be sure to register for your top choice by Monday, Aug. 20.

Register for Spartans Get Involved!

Spartans Get Involved! Event Descriptions

Into the Streets

Join the PEACE Volunteer Center for a fun afternoon of community service on Friday, Aug. 24! There are a number of nonprofit organizations in the Tampa Bay area that rely on the constant support of volunteers. This is a great opportunity for new students to meet and work with continuing students as well as faculty and staff.

Spartan Olympics

Come out and enjoy a variety of sporting, competitive and recreational activities. This event will feature a competition in a variety of games including soccer, flag football, corn hole, basketball, dodgeball, volleyball, as well as other exciting events.

The Art of SpARTan Ready

Looking for relaxing activities while connecting with other new students? Join the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement and the R.K. Bailey Art Studios for an afternoon of laid-back arts and crafts. We're bringing "Painting with a Twist" to UT! Create your own minaret painting for your new room with the help of some of your artistically inclined peers. Kick back and color, paint, tour the gallery and learn how to be SpARTan Ready.

Questions?

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

Spring 2019 (January)

Information for freshman students starting spring 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 two-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 Family Orientation visit the Family Orientation website.

Schedule

Spring Orientation will take place Jan. 17–18, 2019. The new student schedule-at-a-glance will be available in mid-November 2018.

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, Jan. 17, following move in, through Friday evening, Jan. 18.

All new residential and commuter students are required to check in from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17, at the Vaughn Center Information Desk. Late orientation check-in is Friday, Jan. 18, from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Vaughn Center Information Desk.

Throughout the day on Thursday, Jan. 17, and Friday, Jan. 18, students are encouraged to complete all check-in-related tasks as outlined in their orientation schedules. There will be an orientation program occurring on Friday, Jan. 18 for all new first-year students. Students will be engaging in orientation-related activities during this time.

Evening events are scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 19.

Questions?

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