Destination UF

Congratulations, and welcome to The Gator Nation! 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. Newly admitted Gators will be able to register using a registration link they will receive via email on Monday, February 19, 2018. This will be the first opportunity to register, and the window will remain open until the event close date or until it is at capacity.

In-State Receptions

Fort Walton Beach, FLThursday, March 8Bluewater Bay Golf and Tennis Resort7 PM - 9 PM
Ft. Lauderdale, FLWednesday, March 14Embassy Suites Fort Lauderdale7 PM - 9 PM
Miami, FLThursday, March 15Hyatt Regency Coral Gables7 PM - 9 PM

Out-Of-State Receptions

Newport Beach, CASunday, March 18Newport Beach Canaletto Ristorante Veneto Restaurant2 PM - 4 PM
Uniondale, NYMonday, March 19Uniondale Marriott7 PM - 9 PM
Atlanta, GAMonday, April 9Double Tree by Hilton: Atlanta Perimeter Dunwoody7 PM - 9 PM
Pearl River, NYTuesday, March 20Hilton Pearl River7 PM - 9 PM
Dallas, TXTuesday, March 20Dallas/Addison Marriot Quorum by the Galleria7 PM - 9 PM
Houston, TXWednesday, March 21Houston Marriott West Loop by the Galleria7 PM - 9 PM
Falls Church, VASaturday, March 24Falls Church Marriot Fairview Park2 PM - 4 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 12, 2018, and remain open until the event capacity is full.


  • 6:30 - 7:00 PM: Registration/Check-In
  • 7:00 - 7:15 PM: Welcome and Introductions
  • 7:15 - 7:25 PM: The UF Experience
  • 7:25 - 7:45 PM: Creating a Culture of Care: Division of Student Affairs
  • 7:45 - 8:00 PM: Next Steps to Become A Gator
  • 8:00 - 8:30 PM: Question and Answer Session
  • 8:30 - 8:45 PM: Gator Trivia
  • 8:45 - 9:00 PM: Closing Remarks

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.


While Destination UF is not mandatory, it is very beneficial! You and your family will have the opportunity to meet with members of UF's Admissions team and other campus departments. Some of our alums from your hometown area will also be attending this event. We are all very excited to meet you to share information and memories, which will help make your freshman year memorable and your transition to campus a great experience.

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 for in-state Destination UF events. Students and family members residing outside of the state of Florida may be permitted to bring two family members.

Newly admitted Gators will be able to register using a registration link they will receive via email the week after admissions decisions are made. Although parents of newly admitted may receive an invite as well, the registration link will only be sent to the student's email.

Unfortunately, due to space limitations walk-on registrations are not possible due to space limitations from this event. We highly encourage that newly admitted students who are unable to attend to sign up for a campus tour.

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. 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