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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

Spring 2017 (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

The schedule for the Spring Orientation program is now available.

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. 12, following move in, through Friday evening, Jan. 13.

All new residential students are required to check in from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12, at the Vaughn Center Information Desk. Commuter and late orientation check-in is Friday, Jan. 13, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Vaughn Center information desk.

Throughout the day on Thursday, Jan. 12, and Friday, Jan. 13, 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. 13, and First-Year Seminar for all new first-year students. 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 instructors, covering academic course materials and engaging in orientation-related activities.

Evening events are scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 14, and Sunday, Jan. 15.

Questions?

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

Fall 2017 (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 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. 24, following move in through Sunday evening, Aug. 27. You will receive information regarding your assigned check-in time as stated by the student's last name found on the orientation schedule which will be available in late July.

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 who are cleared are welcome to check-in for orientation in the Grand Salon on Aug. 24 from 3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. After 5:30 p.m., all cleared students' orientation check-in (undergraduate, domestic, residential and commuter) will be held at 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. 24, 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. 25, 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 August 25th. You will have the opportunity to register for one of the three activities listed below. Please be sure to register for your top choice by Monday, August 21st!

Registerfor Spartans Get Involved!

Questions? Contact Orientation and Family Engagement at orientation@ut.edu or 813-257-1999.

Spartans Get Involved! Event Descriptions
Into the Streets

Join the PEACE Volunteer Center for a fun afternoon of community service on Friday, August 25! 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. Please bring sunscreen and a reusable water bottle that you can fill up before leaving UT.

Check-in will begin at 12:30 p.m. and buses will leave at 1:15 p.m. to transport students to various volunteer sites. Students will return to campus by 5 p.m.

Lunch will be provided.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the PEACE Volunteer Center at peace@ut.edu.

Spartan Olympics

Come out and enjoy a variety of sporting, competitive, and recreational activities. This event will feature a competition in a vareity of games including soccer, ultimate frisbee, flag football, corn hole, as well as other exciting and wacky events! Participants should bring a reusable water bottle and are asked to wear athletic attire and proper footwear for the sport you would like to participate in, including close-toed athletic shoes.

Check-in will begin at 2:00 p.m. in Martinez Gymnasium and the event will end at 5:00 p.m.

SpARTan Fest

Join the staff from The Office of Student Leadership and Engagement in the R.K. Bailey Art Studio on North Blvd from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm for an afternoon of festival fun. You will have the opportunity to explore the art gallery, create your own screen print t-shirt, and have some fun with arts and crafts. There will be free giveaways, snacks and a selfie station! Come over and enjoy the fun, engage with other new students, view the art collection, and learn about all the ways you can get involved on campus.

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.