Florida Days

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 two family members/guests. Florida Days is for students and their family members who haven't committed to UF and/or for the newly admitted who are seeking more information about what our university has to offer. This is an invitation only event, and space is limited.


Newly admitted Gators will be able to register by following instructions enclosed within an email invite. This will be the first opportunity to register and the window will remain open until the registration close date or until it is at capacity.

Families should coordinate their schedules and discuss among themselves which event date would work best for the newly admitted student and their two family member/guests before registering. In order to ensure that registration goes smoothly and that event dates don’t fill to capacity prematurely, only one family member per family (preferably the newly admitted student) should register. For registration changes and cancellations see the FAQ.

Florida DaysRegistration OpensRegistration Closes or Full to Capacity
Friday, March 15Monday, February 18Thursday, March 7 (full)
Friday, March 22Monday, February 18Thursday, March 22 (full)
Friday, March 29Monday, February 18Thursday, March 27 (full)
Friday, April 5Monday, February 18Thursday, April 2 (full)

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. Gatorway app instructions can be viewed to learn how to download and navigate to the Florida Days itinerary.

Download the App

Tentative Itinerary

A hard copy of the Florida Days official itinerary, which will include specific UF colleges/departments/programs/organizations that will be in attendance, will be available at check-in on the day of the event. You may also be able to access the itinerary via the GATORWAY app during the registration window. It is highly recommended that you download the GATORWAY app and check it periodically in order to see the most up-to-date version of the itinerary.

  • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM - Check-In & Walk-On Registration
  • 8:00 AM - 8:45 AM - Morning Social (Chat w/ students & alumni) Reitz Rm 2335 • Resource Fair
  • 8:45 AM - 9:00 AM - Welcome and Opening Address (Guest speaker)


  • 9:15 AM - 9:45 AM - Session One
  • 9:45 AM - 10:00 AM - Break
  • 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM - Session Two
  • 10:30 AM - 10:45 AM - Break
  • 10:45 AM - 11:15 AM - Session Three
  • 11:15 AM - 11:30 AM - Break
  • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Dept. of Housing only (Session 4)
  • 12:30 PM - 12:45 PM - Break
  • 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM - College Fair • (Honors Presentation 12:45 - 1:15) • Fin. Aid Info Station (Session 5)
  • 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM - Lunch, self-guided exploration of campus. Students can also take advantage of the in-house tours and open house opportunities offered.

Additional Florida Days After-Program Activities

  • The Department of Housing - Residential Hall Tour (1:30 - 3:30 half-hour increments)
  • Honors Program - Residential Hume Hall Tour (1:45 - 2:15)
  • Campus Walking Tour (3:00 - 3:45)
  • Dept. of Recreational Sports - Tour of SWRC/SRFC (2:00)
  • Navy ROTC - Tour of Van Fleet Hall NROTC facilities (TBA)
  • Army ROTC - Tour of Van Fleet Hall AROTC facilities (1:45 - 2:45)
  • College of Business - Heavener Hall Tour (4:00 - 4:45)
  • College of Art + Art History - Scheduled activities & tour of the School of the Art + Art History (1:00 –3:30)
  • College of Journalism - Tour of College & radio stations (2:00)
  • College of Engineering - Tour of Engineering facilities (1:45 - 2:30)
  • Career Connection Center - Center Tour (1:00 - 2:00)
  • Disability Resource Center - Tour of DRC facilities (2:15 - 3:00)
  • LGBTQ Affairs - Open house of the Rainbow Suite (1:00 - 2:00)

Tours and additional after-program activities are subject to change. See the Gatorway app for the most up-to-date Information on tour and after-program activities times.


This is an event for you, so dress comfortably with comfortable shoes. Some of the meeting rooms and buildings may be cold so bring a light jacket. You will be walking outside so check the weather prior to attending to see if you need to prepare for the possibility of rain.


All visitors may access UF with 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 4:00 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.

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.


May I bring more than two guests?

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

How do I register for Florida Days?

Newly admitted Gators will be able to register using information found in an invite email. The registration can only be held in the newly admitted student's name and each student may bring two guests.

Is there a waitlist? Can I register after registration closes or after a date reaches capacity?

We strongly encourage invitees to register early before their preferred date fills to capacity. In the event that your preferred date for Florida Days fills up, a waitlist option will appear. Fill out the information to be put on the waitlist. If a seat has opened up due to a cancellation, the system will register you and notify you of your new registration. Due to the fact that our office will need 5 business days to properly prepare for the upcoming event day, you will not be able to register past the posted "registration close date" for each event date. If you have not made it to the top of the waitlist by the "registration close date" your name will be placed first in line for walk-on attendance in the order received. You must check-in at the check-in/registration table by 8:30 am in order to keep your first-in-line position.

Are walk-on registrations accepted for Florida Days and Destination UF?

Attendance can only be guaranteed for invitees who have registered. Walk-ons will only be allowed after confirming at the check-in/registration table on the day of the event. Once the registration manager determines that there is space to walk on, you may participate in the program that day. Please note that if you are a walk-on attendee, complimentary items such as lunch vouchers and swag are only available to you as long as supplies last.

Can I change, edit, or cancel my registration?

You will be allowed to change your registration by the "registration close date" as long as the new date that you want is available. In order to change your registration, you must access your initial registration via your registration confirmation email to change or cancel your event date. Once in the registration confirmation email, locate the "Can I change or cancel my registration" FAQ. Click the change/cancel registration link. If you wish to adjust the number of guests in your party, select edit registration. Select "cancel" if you wish to cancel your registration. If you are wanting to register for a different event date, you must first cancel your registration. Once you receive your cancellation confirmation email it will contain instructions on how to register for a new date. Only one registration can be held at a time per newly admitted student.

Do I have to attend Florida Days?

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

What is the difference between Florida Days and Destination UF?

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.

What will the Florida Days program consist of?

Since this program is designed to give newly admitted students the opportunity to explore for themselves all of the impressive reasons that make the University of Florida a great institution, we try our best to get key departments, colleges and programs to join us. Just to name a few, Housing, Financial Affairs, the Honors Program, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of Business, College of Engineering, College of Arts, Office of Academic Support, and the College of Journalism have all participated in the past. Our campus partners table during our resource fair/college fair, giving attendees the opportunity to collect information and ask direct questions. Secondly, break-out sessions are held where our campus partners conduct presentations keeping attendees informed about what their area offers and how they support students. Lastly, several of our campus partners, such as Housing, will give tours or host an open houses in their facilities. Interested invitees should check out the information listed at the top of this page found under the heading "Tentative Itinerary".

Will there be campus tours offered during Florida Days?

Yes, Florida Days attendees can join the walking campus tour that has been provided especially for them. The Florida Cicerones (tour guides) will take Florida Days attendees out for a 45 minute tour at 3:00 pm leaving from the Grand Ballroom. Our Welcome Center (located in the Reitz Union) gives regular campus tours Monday - Friday for individuals who specifically registered for them through the Welcome Center. Individuals who are not registered for Florida Days, but are interested in a campus tour, should contact the Welcome Center at 352-392-2959 to sign up for a regular campus tour. Similarly, if you are a registered Florida Days attendee you will not be able to join the regular Welcome Center campus tours. You must join the Florida Days campus tour leaving from the Grand Ballroom.

Can I attend both Florida Days and Destination UF?

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.

Is the UF Campus Wheelchair Accessible?

The University of Florida is committed to providing everyone a welcoming and accessible campus. Reference the accessibility map to see accessible entrances, and routes.

What is Preview?

Preview is your introduction to UF and is a mandatory two-day orientation for students who have confirmed that they will be attending UF. 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. Preview is managed by New Student & Family Program, you may see preview registration information by visiting https://orientation.dso.ufl.edu/programs/first-year/ or you can contact them at 352-392-8396.

Are there other visiting opportunities to your university?

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


Please phone 352-392-9960 or email welcomegators@admissions.ufl.edu