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

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

FRP_5831By Isabel Pease
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.


Gender Inclusive Housing is available at UNF

GIH_ ProfilePicIn Fall 2015, UNF Department of Housing and Residence Life, in collaboration with the LGBT Resource Center, launched its first Gender Inclusive Housing Community.

Gender Inclusive Housing (GIH) is a living community open to all students who do not want gender to be a factor in who they decide to live with. The intent of Gender Inclusive Housing is for students to live together in a safe and inclusive space while exploring and advocating for gender diversity. Most college students agree that living with a new roommate can be stressful, but the experience can be especially difficult for LGBTQ students, who face the additional layer of potential judgment and discomfort from an unaccepting roommate.

Residents within the GIH community celebrate and affirm the cultural experiences of gender expansiveness while welcoming the diverse and complex identities of every resident. GIH also provides safe and inclusive option for transgender or gender nonconforming students, students in the process of discovering their gender identity, gay or bisexual students, students who feel uncomfortable rooming with members of the same sex, intersex students who do not wish to be identified by any sex, and students who feel that they would be more comfortable with a roommate of a different gender.

All students – transgender, gay, straight, etc.– can benefit from living with and learning from students whose identities and backgrounds differ from their own. GIH provides UNF a unique and ground breaking way to attract world class students who contribute to a diverse and supportive campus culture.

If you are interested in living in the GIH community next year, please contact the Office of Housing and Residence Life by calling 620-4663, e-mailing housing@unf.edu, or visiting https://www.unf.edu/housing/llc/Gender_Inclusive_Housing.aspx. If you have questions about sexual orientation or gender identity and expression, please stop by the LGBT Resource Center at Building 58E, room 1111 or send an e-mail to unflgbt@unf.edu.

–Kaitlin Legg, assistant director, LGBT Resource Center

Week of Welcome 2015

WeekofWelcomeOne of our favorite UNF traditions is our annual Week of Welcome which is coming up Aug. 21 – 31! And we want you to be sure to participate.

Week of Welcome, or WOW, welcomes new and returning students to the campus community through a series of programs and activities spanning the first week of fall classes. Week of Welcome will help you discover the campus, find new friends, meet people who can help you get involved at UNF and learn more about academic and co-curricular programs and services available to students. WOW is open to all new and returning students, so remember to bring your Osprey 1card to all events! Brought to you by Campus Life and the Student Life and Services Fee.

We have ten full days of great events planned, but we wanted to highlight just a few that you won’t want to miss. But don’t worry, you can find a full schedule of events visit http://www.unf.edu/wow/.

WOWComedyNightWOW Comedy Night
Saturday, Aug. 22 at 8 p.m.
Robinson Theater

Get excited, Ospreys! National headliner, Ryan Conner, is currently on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, is a writer for MTV’s Ridiculousness and contributing writer for TruTV’s Billy on the Street, and he will be coming to UNF. You can check out Ryan’s first appearance on Last Comic Standing at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxPBey82BMU

LUAU11th Annual Welcome to College Luau
Sunday, Aug, 23 at 5 p.m.
Student Union Plaza

Hey Ospreys, don’t miss the 11th Annual Welcome to College Luau on Sunday Aug. 23! Hosted by the office of Campus Life the Luau will feature 70+ student clubs and organizations showing how you can get involved on campus. Mix and mingle with your fellow students and enjoy the tropical atmosphere, free food and live music! Made possible by the Student Life and Services Fee.

TheAfterPartyThe After Party
Saturday, Aug. 29 at 8 p.m.
The Green

The Week of Welcome festivities are not over quite yet! The Office of Campus Life invites you to attend the David Garibaldi After Party on the Green. This event will feature live musical entertainment by the Super Funk Fantasy Band, an ice cream bar by Brusters Real Ice Cream and interactive games and activities. Come out and enjoy the evening as no Osprey will want to miss this fun-filled event!

Sounds like fun right? We hope to see you at these or any of the events planned during the Week of Welcome. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call the Office of Campus Life at 904-620-5355. See you at WOW!

Thinking of transferring to UNF this fall? Let’s connect!



Summer is almost over but admission to UNF is still hot. Especially for students who are ready to transfer from another college or university to UNF. We’d love to have you on campus this fall and we have some transfer scholarships to help.

Whether you are an upper-level transfer student (with at least 60 transferable credit hours or an Associate of Arts degree from a Florida public or postsecondary institution) or a lower-level student (with fewer than 60 transferable credit hours) we are sure UNF has a lot to offer you. And the good news is there is still time to apply.

We know that transfer students have a slightly different needs and concerns than students who are entering college for the first time. Because of this, UNF has a Transfer Student Services Center just for you. The office is located in our One-Stop Student Services Center. Transfer admissions coordinators are happy to help you make the transition as easy as possible.

What are you waiting for? Go ahead and set up a time to connect at transfer@unf.edu or (904) 620-5555. Or visit us at UNF in Hicks Hall from 8 a.m. To 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can also apply at http://www.unf.edu/admissions/transfer/. Don’t forget, a completed application must be submitted with required official documents by Aug. 8. And those transfer scholarships? Be sure to ask about them when you connect with an admissions coordinator.

We are ready to help you every step of the way through the process. Just call, click or visit today to get started.

We can’t wait to help you become an Osprey!

Apply in July and Beat the Rush

Insta-AIJ-2015Did you know UNF began accepting applications for the 2016-2017 school year on July 1? Throughout the month, the UNF admissions team has been traveling throughout Florida meeting with students who are interested in UNF. And we want to invite you to join us at one of the upcoming events!

During Apply in July events, we bring UNF and the admissions process to you! This is an excellent opportunity to meet with and hear from UNF faculty, staff and students. Have questions about admissions standards? We’ve got you covered. Unsure of financial aid? We have the answers. Sounds good, right?

Participating in Apply in July is easy.
1. Find an event close to you at www.unf.edu/welcomecenter/ApplyinJuly and register online so that we know you are coming!
2. Go ahead and submit your UNF application online. Don’t forget all the necessary documents such as official transcripts and test scores. You will find a full list on the application website. If all of your documents are submitted with your application, we may be able to give you a decision at the event. If not, we will be able to help you strategize about ways to apply successfully in the future.

Ready to join us? Below is a list of dates, times and locations for the remaining events. Hope to see you there!

Tampa | July 16 – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn Tampa East Brandon

St. Petersburg | July 21 – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park

South Orlando | July 22 – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn at Seaworld

Lake Mary | July 23 – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Marriott Orlando Lake Mary

Pensacola | July 28 – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn Pensacola Airport/Medical Center

Panama City | July 29 – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn Panama City

Don’t worry. If you can’t make it to one of these events or missed the opportunity in your own town, just give us a call. Our Admissions Coordinators are always happy to provide assistance. We love UNF, and know you will too. We want to make the application process as easy as possible. Just let us know what we can do to help.

Free Advice for Freshmen


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As a recent UNF grad, I’d like to think I have lots of valuable advice to share with all the new Ospreys. For the incoming freshmen, this is an exciting time in your life, a new chapter. You are officially on your own, making your own choices and decisions. Although I’m sure you will be just fine, here’s some free advice I wish someone would have given me four years ago.

  1. Cutting class causes more stress later in the semester. GO TO CLASS.
  2. Go to your professor’s office hours when they are offered. You’ll thank yourself later. Not only will they be able to get to know you better, you can form professional relationships with them. A good recommendation letter from a professor who knows you is priceless down the road.
  3. Read the syllabus. I repeat, READ THE SYLLABUS.
  4. Your new favorite word is free. Go to the events with free food. They are great places to meet people. And for some reason if you don’t meet anyone, hey, free food.
  5. Learn how to say yes to hanging out with new people and trying new things. You will never look back on your freshman year and regret the times you said yes, I guarantee it.
  6. If you’re unhappy with your major, don’t be afraid to change it. I had a close friend who changed her major four times and still graduated on time. Even if it puts you a year behind, isn’t it worth it to major in something you enjoy?
  7. Make time everyday to work out, walk, bike or do some form of exercise. Your health is important and being active will always make you feel better (and help keep off the Freshman 15).
  8. You’re going to feel sad and you’re going to miss home at times. This is OK; it’s normal. There are a lot of people surrounding you who feel the same way.
  9. It’s OK to go home on the weekends if you want, as well. There will always be other parties, beach days or lunch dates with your friends.
  10. Make at least one friend in every class. That way you have someone who can help you out with any notes you missed or be there as a study buddy during crunch time at the library during finals week.
  11. Be nice to your RA, say hi and be friendly. You are going to need his or her help during the semester, guaranteed. You will forget or lose your dorm key at least once.
  12. Explore Jacksonville — there’s so much to do here! Find the hole-in-the-wall taco restaurant, a hidden running trail, a secluded beach or a cool candy shop.
  13. Say yes to spring break trips and random road trips — those are some of the best times in college. If money is an issue, just pack a lot of PB&J sandwiches.
  14. The workload is a lot different from high school. Make sure you have a study system and study habits that work for you.
  15. Call your parents at least once a week. Don’t be too cool. They miss you and you miss them too.
  16. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  17. Invest in an umbrella and bring it with you on campus. Welcome to Florida, where the sky can go from happy to angry in 0.2 seconds. The worst thing is getting caught at Osprey Café in a thunderstorm when you have to walk back to your residence hall room at the Crossings.
  18. Get an internship. Then get another internship. Get as much experience as you can in your field.
  19. Find a balance between work and fun.
  20. Don’t forget to use your student discount everywhere! You can usually save a few bucks at certain restaurants and other stores by flashing your student ID.
  21. If the opportunity presents itself, study abroad. A semester spent in a different country and culture is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and you’ll learn more than you ever will in a traditional classroom. My travel abroad trips are some of the best experiences of my life.
  22. Be studious.
  23. Be spontaneous.
  24. When you’re working on a paper or project on the computer, press save — a LOT. Trust me, you will not regret this. Back everything up, all the time.
  25. Don’t beat yourself up when you miss a deadline or fail a test. You are in college to learn about yourself and grow as an individual. You won’t grow if you don’t make a few of your own mistakes along the way.

Take all the opportunities you can, Class of 2019! Because before you know it, you will have walked the graduation stage, turned your tassel and find yourself reminiscing about the good ole freshman days of staying up too late and making friends in the dorms. So as you begin the best four years of your life, I wish you the best of luck, ospreys. SWOOP!



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