The UF Graduate School coordinates Fall and Spring orientation activities to provide new graduate students with a summary of what to expect from your academic experience at the University of Florida and your personal life in Gainesville. Updated: August 12, 2018.


FALL 2018


New Graduate Student Orientation - Monday, August 13, 2018

Located in the Reitz Union

NGSO 2018 Final Program

NGSO 2018 Info Sessions

NGSO 2018 Resource Fair list & map


New Graduate Student Orientation will include an overview of graduate education at UF, international student orientation, on-campus and off-campus resource fair, and information sessions from student organizations and campus partners.

Students who will attend in person should register here. For students who cannot physically attend, we will also livestream the morning sessions, as well as some of the afternoon sessions; please register for the livestream here.

Livestream links: morning sessions; info sessions.




Graduate School Welcome - 9:00 - 10:00 AM

Grand Ballroom

International Student Orientation - 10:10 - 11:30 AM

Grand Ballroom

Resource Fair (On-campus, off-campus, and student organizations) - 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Rion Ballroom

Information Sessions (30 minutes each: On-campus & student organizations) - 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Reitz Union 2355 & 2365



 Teaching Assistant Orientation - Tuesday, August 14, 2018

TA orientation will cover the formal requirements of being a Teaching Assistant at the University of Florida, with presentations on a variety of topics, including confidentiality of student records, classroom challenges and accommodations, and sexual harassment prevention. 

 TA Orientation Program

Location: Carleton Auditorium

Time: 8:15-3:45



Online Tools

Orientation to Academic Life

In addition to our in-person orientation activities, you can get acquainted with academic life and campus structure at UF through our new orientation webpages, organized by topic. You can learn more about:


Additional Resources

  • If you are an international student, the online orientation called Voyages provides information on visa requirements, housing, banking, local shopping and more.
  • If you have questions about student life and related campus organizations to facilitate your transition to UF prior to your arrival to Gainesville, visit the Graduate Online Orientation website.
  • If you have questions about satisfactory progress, your advisor, and milestones for meeting your program’s academic requirements, your graduate program can provide essential transition and orientation information for you as well. 


Congratulations again on your acceptance to UF! We look forward to working with you throughout your graduate career and hope you have a smooth transition into your graduate program.