Before Orientation Checklist

This checklist contains all important tasks that should be completed prior to attending Orientation. To make your transition to UCF as smooth as possible, we highly encourage you to complete each task well in advance of your Orientation.

UCFID, NID, and Passwords

You must know your UCFID and NID prior to coming to Orientation. It is required for registering for classes and to receive your UCF Card. To obtain your UCFID, NID, and corresponding passwords, please visit myUCF.

UCF ID and Photo ID

For Summer/Fall 2020, you will submit your UCF ID photo online. You will receive an e-mail from
“CloudCard” requesting a picture for your UCF ID card. Be sure to review the guidelines regarding the photo to upload! In order to receive this card, you will need to know your UCFID and NID as well as bring a valid government-issued photo ID with you. Pick-up details will be provided at a later date. More information about the UCF Card can be found here.

Knights Email Account

Your Knights Email is the official form of communication the University will use during your time here and you are required to check it regularly. Please visit Knights Email to set-up your account. All questions regarding your Knights Email account can be addressed in the FAQ section or by contacting the UCF Service Desk.

Immunization Form

Submit your Immunization Form and documented proof to Student Health Services prior to your orientation date. If this is not completed prior to your orientation session, you will not be able to register for classes during orientation. Click here for more information.


Make sure final transcripts from your high school or previous institution(s) are being or have been sent to Undergraduate Admissions. Transcripts should be available through your high school’s Guidance office or your university’s Registrar’s office.

Prepare for Advisement

During Orientation, you will meet with an advisor in a group setting to plan out your classes for your start term. Click here to learn how to maximize this meeting.

AP and IB Credit

Familiarize yourself with the courses you may earn credit for through the Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams. Also, request to have scores from AP and IB tests sent to Undergraduate Admissions.

Math and Chemistry Placement Tests

All incoming Freshman students are required to take the Math Placement Test regardless of prior AP, IB, or dual enrollment credit. Additionally, students in a major that requires a higher-level Chemistry course in ANY year of study are required to take the Chemistry Placement Test.

These tests assist in correct course registration during Orientation, so you must complete them two (2) weeks prior to attending Orientation; otherwise, you may not be able to register for a math or chemistry course.

More information on Placement Tests can be found at

Undergraduate Catalog

The Undergraduate Catalog will give you all the academic and administration information that you need for your Orientation. Be sure you familiarize yourself with the catalog so you can be advised into the courses that you need.

Course Search

Review the online Course Search on myUCF. Students will have the opportunity to register for their first classes at Orientation, so it is helpful for students to review the search prior to attending.

On-Campus Housing

If students are interested in living in the residence halls, they should apply as soon as possible. It is recommended that they complete an application before the end of March. To find out more information on this process, visit On-Campus Housing.

Financial Aid

UCF has a “school-initiated” application process, which means you must apply directly with the UCF Office of Student Financial Assistance to receive a federal student loan, rather than through outside organizations. Apply for Financial Aid. UCF’s priority deadline to submit the FAFSA is December 1 each year (school code: 003954).

Reasonable Accommodations

If you will need disability-related accommodations, please contact us at least five (5) business days prior to your Orientation session to make arrangements. If you will need disability-related accommodations during your time as a UCF student, make sure to contact UCF’s Student Accessbility Services office to set up a time to discuss your needs.