For Parents

Parents (and other adult family members) who are interested in attending Orientation with their students are strongly encouraged to do so. For students attending a session at the Orlando campus, a Family Orientation program is held concurrently with the student program; however the family program is separate from the student program.

The Family Orientation session provides an opportunity to learn about all that UCF has to offer and to ask questions of other families, current students, university staff, and administrators. It also provides insight into the kinds of adjustments students and their families will face during the college years.

There is a cost associated with each adult family member attending, which includes the price of a meal. Please visit our Dates and Costs page for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I stay on campus with my student?

If your student is an incoming freshman and is attending a Summer or Fall Orientation, they may elect to stay on-campus. However, under no circumstances may anyone but a student stay on-campus.

All parents attending all orientations must make their own accommodations (ask for the UCF Orientation Rate):

What materials will I be given during Orientation?

Each family will receive a parent bag full of helpful materials. The bag includes an orientation newspaper, a parent calendar, a campus map, and a UCF family handbook which includes the services provided and contact information regarding UCF offices and resources.

What should I bring for Orientation?

Family members should bring a jacket, an umbrella, and extra paper to take notes. They should also remind students to bring any required health forms, transcripts, or other materials they may need (see our Checklist page).

Where are outstanding charges paid?

Outstanding charges can be paid at the Cashier's Office. Remind your student to bring a printed copy of their fee invoice, which can be found on myUCF.

What is the UCF Card?

The UCF Card is your student's ID card. To obtain their card, students will need to visit the UCF Card Office. It can be used like a debit card for purchases on campus and at several UCF area restaurants. It can also be used to get into student activities such as UCF Athletics events, concerts, and various other activities.