Orientation: Central Hub

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There is a lot of information parents and students need to know leading up to New Student Orientation. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.  In addition to frequent e-mail communication students will be receiving between now and Orientation (hint hint: check personal and UNF e-mail accounts often for important updates) we have used the UNF Admissions Blog as a central hub for important 2015 Orientation information. This way, you can access our blog at your leisure and read up on all of it or just the parts you have questions about! Continue reading

Webinar Recap: Orientation

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If you missed our live webinar about orientation, we’ve got all the details right here.

After being admitted into UNF, all first time in college students are required to attend the two-day orientation program. There will be a non-refundable fee of $160 for the program. This fee will cover students’ stay on campus in the Osprey Fountains, as well as their meals. Students will be paired with a trained student staff member, otherwise known as their orientation leader. During orientation, students will be able to meet with someone to set up or confirm housing and meal plans and they will also meet with their academic advisor to register for the first semester. Transfer students have a one-day orientation with a fee of $50. There is a separate orientation (at an additional fee) for parents who would like to attend, but they will not be able to stay on campus during the overnight program.

Orientation Dates

We encourage students to register as early as possible. Sessions are first, come first serve and once they fill up, they are no longer available!

  • Transfer Session

-April 28

-May 10

-June16

-August 12

-August 16

 

  • Summer 2016

May 24-25

May 26-27

-May 31-June 1

-June 2-3

-June 6-7

 

  • Fall 2016

-July 30-July 31

-July 7-8

-July 11-12

-July 14-15

-July 18-19

 

  • Honors Orientation

-June 9-10

If unable to attend the Honors orientation date, please call for an additional date.

 

What to do before attending orientation

First-year students are required to live on campus and have a meal-plan.

  • Complete housing contract (pay $300 housing deposit)
  • Complete meal membership (pay $300 meal membership deposit)
  • Complete immunizations (all students born after 1956 are required)

If you have any questions regarding Orientation, please contact (904) 620-1722.

If you have any questions regarding immunizations, please contact (904) 620-2175.

FAFSA

  • Complete FAFSA (Free application for Federal Student Aid) to qualify for loans, grants, work study
  • Application process opens January 1, 2016
  • May qualify for on campus work-study program

The FAFSA is optional, but we recommend it! You can always decline if you end up getting a scholarship or money from elsewhere.

If you have any questions regarding financial aid, please contact (904) 620-5555.

FAQ

Is there a fee?

Yes, there is a fee of $160, this covers your stay on campus as well as meals.

Where will I live?

Students will stay at the Osprey Fountains on campus, along with three roommates. You will not be allowed to pick your roommate, but you will have your own bedroom within the suite.

How long is the orientation program?

This is a two-day program and students are required to be there both days.

Can my parents come?

We encourage parents to attend the parent orientation, which is $50. The first day of parent orientation is 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., the next day is 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Parents must arrange outside accommodation for their overnight stay.

What if I can’t stay for the entire two-day session?

It is mandatory that students attend both days of orientation. If you can’t, we encourage you to sign up for a session that you’re available to attend both days. If none of these sessions work, please contact the orientation office.

If I’m waiting for a response from the Honors Program, should I sign-up for regular orientation or wait to sign up for the Honors Orientation?

We encourage students to sign-up for a regular orientation date that you are able to attend, because these do fill up. If you get accepted into the Honors program after signing up for the regular orientation, just give us a call and we can switch it with no extra cost to you.

Are transfer students required to attend the two-day orientation?

No, transfer students have a separate orientation that is one day.

Are transfer students required to provide immunizations as well?

Yes, all students born after 1956 are required to complete immunizations.

Can first-year students be excused from living on campus?

Rarely, only for extreme reasoning.

Which meal-plan is best?

The most popular is the 10-14 meals a week plan.

What are dining dollars?

Dining dollars are similar to the use of a debit card. You can load an amount onto your Osprey1 card and they can be used to pay for meals at any of the restaurant locations on campus.

If I don’t use all of my dining dollars throughout the semester, can I use them next semester?

No, dining dollars do not roll over. It is best to use all dining dollars each semester.

If I have Florida Prepaid, will they pay my housing deposit?

No, you will be responsible for paying the $300 deposit. You will have to contact Florida Prepaid or housing to find out which housing options work best under your Florida Prepaid account.

How will I stay in contact with UNF?

Through your UNF email account (myWings) — be sure to check frequently!

Watch the entire webinar right now: Orientation Webinar

Feel the Love at UNF

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Love is in the air every February, but this year don’t make it just about one day — celebrate all month long! We want to know what you LOVE about UNF. “Feel the Love at UNF” will highlight all the great things our Ospreys enjoy.

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Do you love doing your homework on the Green? Do you love the small class sizes? Do you love the ice cream in the dining hall? Whatever it is, spread the love and tell us about it on social media.

Follow the hashtag #ILoveUNF on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see what students love about our University. And don’t be afraid to use it yourself!

What do YOU love about UNF?

 

#ISoar: Jackie Campitelli

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#ISoar with UNF as a member and founding officer of Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society.

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Your fellow Osprey, Jackie Campitelli, is a proud Criminal Justice major. As a Jacksonville native, Jackie always had her eye on UNF, but served in the Marine Corps providing physical security before attending the University.

Following her departure from the Marine Corps in 2014, she decided that Criminal Justice would be a good fit for a career. She visited several universities before ultimately deciding on UNF and said she was overwhelmed by the size of other campuses. “I found that UNF’s campus was easier to navigate,” Campitelli said, adding, “the smaller classrooms allow the professors to tailor their courses to better suit the learning desires of students.”

She is quickly learning that UNF and Criminal Justice have both been a great choice.

“The Criminal Justice program is filled with experienced professors that are providing me with the knowledge and skills needed to become a Federal Law Enforcement Officer.”

Even outside of her every day academics, she tries to stay active in organizations that increase her knowledge and experience within the criminal justice field. She is not only a member, but also a founding officer, of UNF’s chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society. Her dedication to the chapter gained her the president position in Fall 2015. She helped to put on the annual Alpha Phi Sigma Guest Speaker Series, which attracted over 150 students and faculty members. She also participated in a variety of events sponsored by the UNF Women’s Center to publicize issues that affect women worldwide.

Campitelli has a plan for her future and we are happy to be a part of it. “My goal is to make a contribution deterring and preventing Human Trafficking throughout the world.” She will graduate this upcoming April.

Go soar, Jackie!

 

Ospreys of UNF

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Follow along as we take a glimpse into the lives of our Ospreys here at UNF.

Similar to the New York Times best selling book and social media phenomenon, “Humans of New York,” we will be collecting quotes and photos from students, staff and faculty found on campus. These excerpts and photos will be shared through different social media outlets with the tagline, “Ospreys of UNF.”

These Ospreys will share a special moment, reflect on the past or look forward to the future. We want to explore and express the different personalities that make up our campus. A new story will be posted every Friday.

Follow us on Instagram (UNF_Admissions) and like us on Facebook to get to know the Ospreys of UNF.

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#ISoar with UNF

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Where will UNF take you? Your personal journey in and out of the classroom is our first priority. Like an Osprey flying high in the sky, we know UNF students are gaining the skills and experiences that will make the difference upon graduation and will help them soar to success. Our students soar, and we want to share their stories.

Whether you or another student is excelling in the classroom, engaging in extracurricular activities or being creative in their downtime, we want to share the news with the whole of our Osprey community. #ISoar is a social media campaign to share the UNF student story and to encourage and inspire the next generation of Ospreys.

Help keep an eagle eye out for all students who soar at UNF. Check in on social media every Wednesday to watch a new story. At the end of each month, the most inspirational story will be featured in a longer format on our blog. Let us know which story you want to hear more about by liking and commenting on the posts. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to receive updates!

So, how do YOU soar at UNF?

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Join us at UNF to You

UNFtoYOU-bannerAre you interested in attending the University of North Florida but can’t make the trip to Jacksonville? Well if you live in Tallahassee, you are in luck! We are coming to you.

UNF will be in Tallahassee, 6-8 p.m., Dec. 8 at the Double Tree by Hilton at 101 South Adams Street hosting a UNF to You event.

At UNF to You, students have the opportunities to get all of the information they need to apply to become a student at UNF. You may be able to:

  • Learn more about UNF’s academic programs, including transformational learning opportunities and the Hicks Honors College
  • Meet with Admissions, Financial Aid and New Student Orientation staff members
  • Learn more about UNF’s internships, study abroad options and Living, Learning Communities

UNF staff will be on-site to review and discuss any documents for admission that you bring. Help the process along by:

  1. Submitting your application for admission and application fee online at unf.edu/admissions/applynow/
  2. Bring copies of either your SAT or ACT test scores.
  3. Bring official, sealed transcripts from your high school and each college or university you have attended.

See you in Tallahassee!

UNF faculty and staff make House Calls

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Dan Moon (left) greets students during the House Calls eventOn an ordinary Wednesday evening in the middle of October, having freshly baked cookies delivered to their door was a welcome treat for freshman Leah Brown and her roommate. The fact that they were hand delivered by the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Undergraduate Studies Daniel C. Moon, and the Director of Admissions Karen Lucas was pretty cool, too.

It was all part of the University’s first House Calls event where 89 faculty and staff members visited every first-year student’s room on campus to check in, see if they needed anything and answer any questions they may have. If the students weren’t home, they left a doorhanger with key information.

“I think this is awesome,” Brown said of the dorm visits. “It’s nice to know that they care.”

The event was a collaboration between the Provost’s Office, Enrollment Services and Housing and Residence Life.

Bob Boyle, director of Housing and Residence Life, said it is important to provide opportunities for students, particularly first-year students, to feel connected and comfortable on campus.

“It sends a message that it’s not just business as usual at UNF,” Boyle said of the House Calls event. “There are a lot of people here who care.”

In addition to the cookies, the two-person teams were equipped with lists of pertinent phone numbers, as well as raffle tickets for free UNF swag.

“House Calls was an incredible, collaborative partnership across the University community that was successful beyond our expectations,” said Cathy Cole, marketing and communication director in Enrollment Services, who coordinated the event. “The event was so successful and the response from students and volunteers so positive, that we will most certainly be hosting House Calls again – most likely each semester,” Cole said. She said that staff was able to follow up with many students on questions they had and challenges they were facing.

“House Calls is a critical university-wide initiative that helps with two of our performance-based metrics — retention and graduation rates,” Dan Moon said.

“During the two-hour event, faculty and staff engaged with students in their on-campus homes and gave them a chance to really connect outside of the classroom in a meaningful way. It is through activities like these that we are able to make a difference in the lives of individual students and help them to understand the resources they have available to them, the personnel on campus to assist them and that they are not alone during their four-year experience,” he said.

“They can start, stay and finish strong through programs like this.”

Swoop into your future at a UNF open house

OpenHouse-HeaderAre you ready to learn more about academic programs at the University of North Florida? Do you want to get details about how UNF can help you turn your career dream into reality? Or do you just want to talk to faculty and students to get a better feel for UNF? Then the UNF Career Exploration Open House is just for you.

During the Career Exploration Open House, you can take a deeper dive into the kinds of classes UNF has to offer in each academic area. This is your chance to meet the faculty and students you will be studying with for the next four years. Plus, you can learn more about research opportunities, study abroad, work-study, internships, co-ops or hands-on learning from your very first day on campus. Yep, ALL of that — before lunch.

There are three events to choose from:

Business and Education | 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3
Health Professions | 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7
Humanities | 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5

So get out your phone and make sure your morning is blocked off for the Career Exploration Open House you want to attend. You do not want to miss it.

Questions? Call us at (904) 620-1183 or e-mail at visitunf@unf.edu. Otherwise, click here to register.

 

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