Welcome to UCF! We received your Orientation reservation and are excited that you chose UCF to pursue your college career! Please carefully read over the information below because it contains important Orientation information, including a short checklist of things to do before Orientation and what to expect when you arrive. You can view sample schedules by clicking this link.
We encourage you to download the UCF Mobile app from the Apple or Android Store. UCF Mobile has you covered at Orientation. Explore the app to find the information you need before, during, and after your visit on campus. Find schedules, academic resources, checklists, how to navigate the campus, and much more.
You are not required to pay for your classes on the day of Orientation. Upon registering for classes, it may be possible to review your fee invoice online depending on the academic calendar time line. Please check the academic calendar for the specific deadline at https://calendar.ucf.edu/. More information about paying tuition and fees is located on Student Accounts' website.
Be prepared for two very full, but rewarding days – we have a lot to cover! Your confirmed Orientation session date is listed in the confirmation email you received along with other important details. You must attend both days of Orientation to be eligible to register for classes.
Day 1: Orientation begins with check-in from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. If driving to campus, park in Garage B and proceed to Ferrell Commons. Please arrive early! We have many activities going on during this time. The formal Orientation schedule begins at 12:00 p.m. and includes presentations and group discussions designed to help you learn all about UCF. The day will end at approximately 6:15 p.m. Make sure to grab lunch before 12:00 p.m. since it is not part of the formal schedule. Dinner is also not included on the formal schedule. That being said, you will be provided $20 KnightCash for use throughout the two day schedule on meals.
Day 2: The second day will begin at 8:00 a.m. This day will include planning your first semester schedule followed by registration. Lunch is included as a part of the program, and your day will end between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Guest Orientation includes a series of presentations designed to orient students’ family members and other guests with the campus and its resources. The program provides the opportunity to learn about all that UCF has to offer and ask questions of current students, university staff, and administrators.
Pre-registered guests check-in with their student on the morning of the first day. If your guests did not pre-register, but would like to attend the program, they will be able to register on-site.
PLEASE BE AWARE: The guest Orientation program will run the length of the student program but students and guests will not attend all presentations together. The program is not designed for young children.
ON CAMPUS ACCOMMODATIONS ARE FOR STUDENTS ONLY ATTENDING ORIENTATION MAY-JULY. When registering for Orientation, if space is available, you will be given the option to register for overnight on-campus accommodations in the Lake Claire Community for the nights before and during Orientation. You may choose to stay one, two, or no nights on campus. Overnight Accommodations are limited. Once the residence hall is full there will not be an option to register for overnight accommodations.
Due to space limitations, we are UNABLE to provide overnight accommodations to guests of students attending Orientation. If you or your family members need to make your own arrangements for overnight accommodations there are many local hotels in close proximity to UCF. More information about local hotels can be found on our Parents page.
Check in for overnight accommodations is from 6:00-9:00 p.m. the night before Orientation begins, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. the first day of Orientation, or after 6:15 p.m. once the first day of Orientation concludes. You will need to bring your own sheets (extra-long twin), pillow, towels, soap, alarm clock, and personal items. Overnight on-campus accommodations do not include a meal. Check-out will be from 6:45-7:45 a.m. on the second day of Orientation, at which time your key must be turned in to avoid the $50.00 re-key charge.
Directions to Check In: Upon arriving on University Boulevard, turn left onto Gemini Boulevard and proceed until the second four-way stop. Make a right onto Aquarius Agora Road. Then make a left into the Lake Claire Community. The Lake Claire Community Office is centrally located on the right.
If you are arriving to campus the night before Orientation begins, please note we do not have formal programming planned. We will provide information on things to do on-campus and directions to Orientation check-in the following day.
Every major at UCF requires at least one college-level math course; therefore, all students must take the Math Placement Test (MPT). The MPT is an assessment of math skills that students have acquired and is designed to determine proficiency level and placement for math courses.
Although the MPT must be completed no later than the Friday before the start of your first semester at UCF, we strongly recommend students complete the MPT prior to attending Orientation. It will be available in March. Students who have their MPT results available at Orientation will be able to receive assistance from their academic advisor to select the most appropriate math course. Students who have not taken the MPT by their scheduled Orientation date should expect a delay in registering for a math course at UCF. For more information about the Math Placement Test, visit https://utc.sdes.ucf.edu/math/.
It is highly encouraged, and possibly required, for you to take the Chemistry Placement Test depending on your major. Placement results will determine which Chemistry course is appropriate for your comprehension level. For more information, visit https://sciences.ucf.edu/chemistry/chemistry-placement/.
Day 2: Day 2 of your Orientation session will also occur on the east Orlando/Main campus. The second day will begin at 8:00 a.m. This day will include planning your first semester schedule followed by registration. Lunch is included as a part of the program, and your day will end between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Check-in for your On-Campus Orientation is from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. If driving to campus, park in Garage B and proceed to Ferrell Commons for check-in. Please arrive early! You must attend the entire session in order to be eligible to register for classes. Lunch is included as part of your on-campus session. Your day will end between 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
All students must submit health and immunization records before arriving for On-Campus Orientation. There will not be sufficient time to turn these in unless you visit the Health Center before coming to Orientation. Without your immunization hold lifted, you will not be able to register for classes.
The family program is not designed for young children. After the Orientation Welcome, all guests will be guided to a separate program from their students.
Pre-registered guests will check-in with their student in the morning. If your guests did not pre-register, but would like to attend the program, they will be able to register on-site. Lunch is included with the family fee. The Guest Orientation Program runs the length of the student program but is SEPARATE from the student program.
Students who have served in the military begin their Orientation day at the Veterans Academic Resource Center (VARC). There you will learn about the unique services and programs that UCF offers exclusively to all of its Student Veterans, including GI Bill certification for those using their educational benefits. A representative from the VARC will contact you about times and location. After starting your day at the VARC, you will join your fellow new Knights for academic advising and schedule planning. If you have questions about your meeting at the VARC, they can be reached at 407-823-5877.
Please review this information if attending the Rosen Transfer Orientation. Check-in is 8:15 to 9:00 a.m. at the Rosen College Hall of Fame Lobby. You must attend the entire session in order to be eligible for class registration. Lunch will be provided for all students. Your day will end between 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. When you come to Orientation, you must have a parking permit to park on campus.
You must complete the entire Virtual Orientation, pass all quizzes, and attend the on-campus Orientation session in order to register for classes. More information can be found at https://orientation.ucf.edu/resources/virtual-orientation/.