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First Year
Orientation

Where Will Your Path Lead?

The transition to college life can be both an exciting and challenging time. Your new student transition experience will help you successfully prepare for your time at the University of Florida. Together, we will make your transition to the University of Florida to new heights.

Preview is a required, robust program focused on providing you the core resources to start your Gator journey.


Registration Steps for Preview

Students, Parents & Families will register for a 2-day session in May, June, or July. Each session will consist programs that educate incoming Gators about important resources, engage incoming students with their peers, and help students register for classes. Preview sessions will take place from 8:00 a.m. – 6 p.m. PM EDT on Day one and 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Day two.

  • Ensure that you have your active GatorLink username and password – for assistance, please visit gatorlink.ufl.edu.
    Note: if you are setting up your GatorLink account for the first time, you may have to wait 1-business day before being able to register for Preview.

  • Log into the registration system via the Preview registration system.

  • Select an available session that best fits your schedule.

  • Pay your Preview costs with a major credit card through our online registration system.

officially Confirmed your admission?

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR SPRING 2023



Dates

Once you log in to the registration system you will be provided with different dates based on your individual admissions decision; you will be given a variety of dates to choose from.

ADMIT TYPE & TERM PROGRAM LENGTH DATE(S)
Freshman Summer B 2022 Two Days May – June | Various Dates
Freshman Fall 2022 Two Days May – July | Various Dates
Freshman PaCE 2022 Two Days June - July | Various Dates
HS/AA Admits 2022 Two Days June - July | Various Dates
Freshman Spring 2023 (IA) Two Days May – July | Various Dates

What to expect at Preview

During your Preview experience you will spend six plus hours engaged in intentional academic, major and career planning. To achieve this goal, you will work with Preview Advisors and undergraduate Preview Staffers to learn about potential majors, critical tracking, general education requirements, and your steps to graduating in four years. To accomplish this, you will work with a small group of no more than fourteen fellow Gators to discover your academic goals and the path to accomplish them. On the second day of your Preview experience, you will meet one-on-one with a Preview Advisor to register for your first semester(s) courses. The goal of Preview is that you leave empowered to be as successful as possible on day one.


General Preview Schedule

Preview is a two-day orientation during which you will register for classes, explore more than two miles of campus, interact with current students and faculty members, and much more.


  • Day One

    Hot Breakfast
    Introduction to Academics
    Pre-Professional Programs & Major Opportunities
    College Information Sessions
    Lunch on Campus
    Developing a First Semester Schedule
    Campus Engagement & Involvement
    Campus Safety
    and the University Athletic Association

  • Optional Overnight

    Students have the option to stay overnight in Residence Hall for an additional fee. Overnight housing is limited for each session.

  • Day Two

    Housing & Residence Life or Off Campus Life
    Campus Banking
    Campus Dining
    University Bookstore
    The OneStop
    Rec Sports
    Campus Tour
    One on One Advising Appointments
    and Gator 1 Card & Schedule Pick-Up

Preview Preparation Checklist

Prior to attending Preview, it is important that you complete the following steps.


  • Submit Your Immunization Records

    Please submit your immunization records through the Student Self-Service Portal at least three weeks prior to your Preview session. https://healthcompliance.shcc.ufl.edu/immunization-requirement/immunizations

  • Complete Preview Prep

    To ensure that our advising process can be tailored to fit your advising process we ask that you prepare ahead of time by completing Preview Prep. Prep must be completed 1 week prior to your session. https://www.advising.ufl.edu/prep/

  • Complete the ALEKS placement exam

    If you are pre-health or your chosen major requires chemistry, pre-calculus or calculus, you should take the placement test known as ALEKS as a part of Preview Prep. Please take this placement test seriously as your score will determine the level of courses for which you may register at Preview.

  • Apply for your Gator 1 Card

    Every member of the UF community has a Gator 1 Card, which is the official identification card of the University of Florida. Apply for your Gator 1 Card at ufl.to/gator1apply

Frequently Asked Questions

Please click on one of the following questions below to see if we might be able to answer your question regarding Preview.

Gator First-Year Experience

Transitioning to a new place can be filled with many emotions! New Student & Family Programs, in collaboration with various campus departments and academic areas, strives to support you inside and outside of the classroom. There are many milestones in your first year; below are just some of the events that you will want to mark on your calendar.

First Year Florida

Jump-start your Gator experience and register for First Year Florida, UF’s signature first-year experience course.
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New Student Convocation

A formal invitation will be sent to you later in the summer to attend your official welcome to the UF community of scholars.
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Great Gator welcome

Meet new people, get connected to the Gator student experience, explore campus, and have some fun!
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