Destination UF

Destination UF is an off-campus welcome reception hosted in many different cities throughout the nation to provide newly admitted freshman students and their family members an opportunity to learn more about The Gator Nation and the academic enrichment we have to offer. Newly admitted freshmen and their families will have the opportunity to network with the Gator community, admissions representatives and local, proud Gator alumni. We will all be there to answer questions to make your transition to UF seamless.

In-State Receptions

Location Date Venue Time
Niceville, FL Thursday, March 9 Bluewater Bay Clubhouse Bar and Grill 7 PM - 9 PM
Ft. Lauderdale, FL Wednesday, March 15 Embassy Suites 7 PM - 9 PM
Miami, FL Thursday, March 16 Hyatt Regency Coral Gables 7 PM - 9 PM

Out-Of-State Receptions

Location Date Venue Time
Long Island, NY Monday, March 13 Long Island Marriott 7 PM - 9 PM
Westchester, NY Tuesday, March 14 Due to weather, this event is being rescheduled. Registrants will receive an email with more details.
Washington, DC Saturday, March 18 Falls Church Marriott Fairview Park 2 PM - 4 PM
Orange County, CA Sunday, March 19 Canaletto Ristorante Veneto 2 PM - 4 PM
Atlanta, GA Monday, March 20 Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center 7 PM - 9 PM
Dallas, TX Tuesday, March 21 Dallas Addison Marriott Quorum by the Galleria 7 PM - 9 PM
Houston, TX Wednesday, March 22 Houston Marriott West Loop by the Galleria 7 PM - 9 PM
Pearl River, NY Tuesday, March 23 Hilton Pearl River 7 PM - 9 PM


This is an INVITATION ONLY event, and space is limited. Newly admitted freshman Gators will receive an email with registration information for you and one family member. Registration will open on Monday, February 13, 2017, and remain open until the event capacity is full.


  • Greetings from The Gator Nation
  • The UF Experience
  • Gator Nation Networking
  • Next Steps
  • Gator Trivia
  • Q&A

Light refreshments will be served during the event. Sign in will start 30 minutes prior to the start time of your specific event.


This is an event for you, so dress comfortably. The hotel reception room may be cold, so we encourage you to bring a jacket or wrap.


As much as we would like to have more of the newly admitted Gator family attend, due to space limitations, we can only accommodate one student and one family member.

While Destination UF is especially suited for newly admitted freshmen who have not yet committed to UF, it is not a mandatory event. The University Admissions Team values the opportunity to visit with new Gators who may not be able to travel to our campus prior to making the final decision by May 1.

Both of these events for newly admitted freshmen provide opportunities for you to connect with The Gator Nation before making your final college decision. Florida Days is held on the UF campus in Gainesville and allows students and families to connect with resources on campus. Destination UF is a welcome reception that is located in specific cities throughout the United States. Destination UF will provide information about UF campus resources and connect you to UF alumni and families within a city near you.

These events are not mandatory events. We strongly encourage you to select the event that is most convenient for you and your family. So that we may accommodate as many future Gators as possible, please select only one event. Space is limited, so register early.

Yes, there are. Here are some other opportunities for you to visit our campus and see what The Gator Nation has to offer.

  1. General Campus Tour
  2. Discover Innovation Academy
  3. College of Engineering
  4. Honors Program: Afternoon with Honors

Preview is your introduction to UF and is a mandatory two-day orientation for students and is highly encouraged for family members. During Preview, you will learn about UF resources, receive academic advising, and register for classes. This program will start during the summer after you have confirmed your admission to UF. This is also where students will get to meet their academic advisors and sign up for classes.


Please phone 352-392-9960 or email