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

UT is dedicated to make your transition one of a kind and offers orientation programs designed to help first-year students, transfer students, commuter students and international students successfully transition to our community. Throughout your orientation, you will be exposed to many valuable resources, interact with a variety of campus student leaders and participate in social experiences to begin to make new connections with fellow Spartans.

On June 23, UT announced it will begin the in-person Fall 2020 semester with classes starting on Wednesday, Aug. 26. The COVID-19 taskforce is working hard to identify what measures will need to be followed during the fall semester. Until we are able to make those determinations, we are holding on publishing our Week of Welcome calendar of events. We appreciate your patience. Keep a lookout over the summer for new and exciting ways to prepare for your UT journey! 

All updates for the fall semester will also be posted to

If you are an incoming student looking to get involved with student organizations on campus, be sure to fill out this Involvement Survey

Your fUTure starts here!

As a new student, you will have the opportunity to get to know your campus prior to your arrival by completing UT's online orientation program. This program has been specifically designed with YOU in mind! From navigating academics to getting involved on campus, this program will help you familiarize yourself with the many resources available to you as a Spartan. The online orientation program for students starting in Fall 2020 will be available starting Aug. 3, 2020. You can access online orientation through your MyUTampa account, and it must be completed prior to your arrival on campus.

New Student Check-In

All new students starting in the Fall Semester, both residential and commuters, are expected to check-in to the University on during move-in weekend currently scheduled for Friday, Aug. 21, Saturday Aug. 22, and Sunday Aug. 23. During check-in, you will receive your Spartan ID card as well as other important information.

More information about Fall move-in to be announced. 

Week of Welcome

During your transition to campus, all new students are encouraged to participate in Week of Welcome (WOW!). WOW! will feature programs that consist of presentations, workshops and social events designed to ensure you successfully transition to campus.

Excited to learn about all the amazing opportunities during Week of Welcome (WOW!)? Check out this Spring WOW Schedule for a taste of what is to come!

In addition to the new student online orientation program and Week of Welcome, international students and transfer students on F1 visas 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. The International Orientation schedule is available now.

Parents and Families

Our orientation program is also designed to help assist family members in participating and understanding their students' experience during this exciting time. Please note that this program is only for the families of new students, and that students will have other activities during this time. The official date for Fall Family Orientation 2020 is to be announced. For more information regarding Family Orientation and information on local hotels, please visit the Family Orientation website.


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

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  • Orientation Service Project
    During orientation, new and continuing students will travel to a variety of volunteer agencies in the Tampa community as part of one of two annual volunteer service events coordinated by UT's PEACE (People Exploring Active Community Experiences) Volunteer Center.

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Week of Welcome Leaders at The University of Tampa are a group of energetic and dedicated students who assist the Office of Orientation and Family Engagement in welcoming first-year students, transfer students and their families to campus. Week of Welcome (WOW!) Leaders have a unique role in helping implement the orientation program, and such as, they attend a required training just prior to fall orientation. Because they are some of the first faces incoming students and their families see, their role is critical to the experience.

Applications are currently closed and will open later in the academic year. If you are planning to apply, click to view the WOW! Leader qualifications and application process.