Florida Days

Congratulations. You are a Gator! Florida Days is a one-day event at the J. Wayne Reitz Student Union on the University of Florida campus. The program is for newly admitted freshman Gators and one family member. Florida Days is for students and their family members who haven't committed to UF and are seeking more information about the opportunities our university has to offer. This is an INVITATION ONLY event, and space is limited. Newly admitted 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.

Florida Days Registration Opens Registration Closes or Full to Capacity
Monday, March 13 Monday, February 13 Friday, March 3
Monday, March 27 Monday, February 13 Friday, March 17
Monday, April 10 Monday, February 13 Friday, March 31
Friday, April 14 Monday, February 13 Friday, March 31
Monday, April 17 Monday, February 13 Friday, March 31

Gatorway App

GATORWAY is the official events mobile app of the University of Florida and the official New Gator Guide. GATORWAY is available on all devices and allows you to download guides to various events throughout your first year including Florida Days, Destination Gator Nation, Preview, Convocation, Family Programs, and UF Homecoming. UF students and families can access comprehensive schedules, detailed maps and engage with other Gators! This app is an exclusive resource for the UF community and is completely free to download.

Tentative Itinerary

  • 7:30 AM - Buses from the designated parking deck to the J. Wayne Reitz Union will begin.
  • 8:00 AM - Registration and Resource Fair
  • 8:45 AM - Welcome


  • 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM - Session One
  • 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM - Session Two
  • 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM - Session Three
  • 12:15 PM - Closing and Remarks

Additional Florida Days Opportunities

  • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM - Navy ROTC
  • 1:00 PM - College of Arts: the School of Art and Art History, "An Afternoon with Art & Art History"
  • 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM - The Honors Program
  • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM - The Disability Resource Center
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM - The Department of Housing
  • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM - Pharmacy
  • 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM - Multicultural and Diversity Affairs
  • 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM - Recreational Sports
  • 3:30 PM - Last bus pick up, providing transportation from the J. Wayne Reitz Union to the Phillips Center Parking Garage


This is an event for you, so dress comfortably with comfortable shoes. Some of the rooms and colleges may be cold so bring a jacket or wrap. You will be walking outside so check the weather prior to attending to make sure you are dressed for the weather and if you need rain gear.


All visitors may access UF wifi through ufvisitor. You will obtain temporary access through a username and password received via text message to you once you join the wireless network.

GPS, Parking and Reitz Union Maps

GPS addresses are J. Wayne Reitz Union, 686 Museum Road, Gainesville, FL 32611; Curtis M. Phillips Center Parking Garage, 3201 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL 32611.

Parking will be located in the Curtis M. Phillips Center Parking Garage. Coach buses will take you from the Curtis M. Phillips Center Parking Garage to the J. Wayne Reitz Union. The buses will be available throughout the day to transport you back to your car. The last bus between the two locations will depart the Reitz Union at 3:30 PM.

If you book lodging with the J. Wayne Reitz Union Hotel on the UF campus, your parking will be validated with your reservation. You will be staying in the same location as the event; you do not need to worry about parking or moving your car.

Here are maps of the interior of the Reitz Union for your use.

Lodging and Dining

On the day of the event, the university will provide you and your family member with a lunch voucher to enjoy dining anywhere on campus. While UF endorses no one hotel in Gainesville, this list of area accommodations is provided as a convenience.


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 Florida Days is especially suited for newly admitted freshmen who have not yet committed to UF, it is not a mandatory event.

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 their 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, and one event isn't preferred over the other. 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 please 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. 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 welcomegators@admissions.ufl.edu