Because we want our students to succeed, all undergraduate students are required to complete a UCF Orientation component prior to registering for classes. Our primary goal at Orientation is to assist students and their families with the transition to attending and experiencing UCF.
Throughout each session, students will work with advisors to plan out a class schedule, receive information on a variety of student services, explore ways to get involved with groups and events on campus, be introduced to academic policies and support services, and meet with new students (and make new friends!).
Orientation is a two-day event for all incoming Freshman students. Otherwise, all Transfer Orientations, and UCF Connect Orientations are single-day events. Students completing a fully online program from a distance (UCF Online) complete Orientation online.
Students will have the opportunity to register for their first classes at Orientation, so it is helpful for students to review the Online Course Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog prior to attending, which can be found as part of the Before Orientation Checklist.
We encourage students to register for and attend the earliest Orientation session possible! It will ease their minds knowing everything is in order and that they are fully prepared to begin their careers at UCF. The earlier students respond to our invitation, the more-likely it is that students will receive their requested date.
There are several dates listed on the Dates and Costs page that indicate programs for specific populations. Please refer to Special Programs page for more information.
All Orientation registrations require a one-time payment that covers the cost of the session, any printed materials, and meals (depending on the length of the session). All fees associated with Orientation are non-refundable. Current fees can be viewed on our Dates and Costs page.
On-campus housing is only available for students during Freshman Summer and Fall sessions (May–July) who wish to stay in one of the residence halls for an additional fee. Overnight accommodations are not available during the August session or the Spring sessions (November–January). Due to space limitations, we are unable to provide overnight accommodations to guests of students.
All fees must either be paid online by credit card or by mail with check or money order prior to finalizing your orientation registration and securing your seat in a specific session. Your seat is not held in the session you select until you have paid your orientation fees. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis according to when payment is received. Please make all checks payable to UCF First Year Experience and be sure to list the student’s UCFID. Registration requests will only be processed once payment is received.
All incoming distance education students completing a recognized online degree program are required to complete a Virtual Orientation (through WebCourses) prior to being advised and registering for classes.
All new transfer students are also required to complete a Virtual Orientation prior to attending on-campus Orientation.
Directions for accessing this component will be emailed to all applicable students after Orientation registration and payment are finalized.
All new Knights are invited to donate items to the Knights Helping Knights Pantry. More information about this project can be found by clicking “Orientation Service Project” above.
UCF’s O-Team, or Orientation Team, is comprised of students who are dedicated to the university and to helping others. O-Team members facilitate the numerous Freshman and Transfer student orientation sessions that take place at UCF. O-Teamers assist our Knights with advising, discovering on-campus resources, and class registration.