Admission → Orientations

Orientations for new graduate students take place at the start of fall and spring semesters every academic year to acquaint you with UF personnel, services, policies and procedures as a newcomer to the University of Florida. Graduate students admitted for summer semesters are to attend fall orientation.

Click here for PDF file: Fall 2014 Orientation Program

Fall 2014 New Graduate Student Orientation
Monday, August 18, 2014 (9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)

9 a.m to 10 a.m.
Graduate School Welcome
Classrooms located near Reitz Union

10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Required International Student Orientation
Classrooms located near Reitz Union

10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Resource Fair
Grand Ballroom, Second Floor, Reitz Union

10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Informational Sessions
Auditorium, Second Floor, Reitz Union

10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Campus Tours
Led by Graduate Student Council volunteers
Circular Breezeway, Ground Floor, Reitz Union

Lunch available throughout the day at the Food Court, First Floor, Reitz Union

Note: Due to space limitations resulting from the renovation of the Reitz Union, the Graduate School Welcome and International Student Orientation will be streamed live to selected classrooms near the Reitz Union via video projector. Registration for New Graduate Student Orientation is highly recommended; there will be very limited seating available during the 9:00 and 10:15 sessions for students who do not preregister. The registration form will be available shortly.

Students who register for orientation will be assigned a room after completing our registration survey. Click here to register online: Register for Orientation

If you require special accommodations or have any questions, please e-mail

Fall 2014 New Graduate Teaching Assistant Orientation
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 (8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Carleton Auditorium

8:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Welcome and Orientation Overview
Dr. R. Paul Duncan
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Graduate School

8:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
Confidentiality of Student Records and Academic Honesty
Mr. Chris Loschiavo
Associate Dean and Director
Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution

8:45 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Classroom Testing and Accommodations
Mr. Jim Gorske
Assistant Dean and Director
Disability Resource Center

9 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
Sexual Harassment Prevention
Dr. Jennifer Stuart
Counseling and Wellness Center

9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Planning for Learning
Dr. Martin Heesacker
Department of Psychology

10:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Refreshment Break

10:30 a.m. to 11:30
Classroom Challenges
Faculty and Administrative Panel

11:30 a.m to 11:45 a.m.
GAU: Creating a Professional Working Environment at UF
Mr. Kevin B. Funk
Graduate Assistants United

11:45 a.m. to 12 noon
Morning Evaluations and Attendance
Dr. Winifred Cooke
Teaching Center Director
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

12 noon to 1:15 p.m.
Box Lunches
Courtesy of the Graduate School
in the Carleton Auditorium Breezeway

1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Your Syllabus and the First Week of Class
Dr. Julie Dodd
College of Journalism and Communications

2:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
TA Awards Program
Dr. R. Paul Duncan
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Graduate School

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Advice From Panel of Experienced TAs
Teaching Assistant Panel

3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
TA Resources
Attendance and Final Evaluations
Dr. Winifred Cooke
Teaching Center Director
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Additional optional sessions for graduate teaching assistants:

Thursday, August 21, 2014
10 a.m. to 12 noon
Technology for Teaching in UF Classrooms
110 Rinker Hall

Friday, August 22, 2014
10 a.m. to 12 noon
Sakai I: Intro to the Sakai E-Learning Course Management System
221 Hub

Friday, August 22, 2014
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Canvas: Course Management for Distance Education Courses
221 Hub

Fall 2014 SPEAK Test for International Graduate Teaching Assistants
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
4:30 p.m.
1317 Turlington Hall

Many departments and colleges also hold their own orientations for their new graduate students. Please contact yours to find out dates and times by clicking on this link: Department and Program Contacts

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For presentations, handouts, video and other materials from past orientations, please click on this link:

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