Florida Days

Florida Days 2019 will take place in March and in April of 2019 for the 2019 Freshman class. More information will become available in January 2019 for newly admitted Gators and their families.

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 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.

Families should coordinate their schedules and discuss among themselves which event date would work best for the newly admitted student and his/her one family member guest 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.

A parking permit will be required to park. Please download and print the parking pass for the date of your event.

Florida DaysRegistration OpensRegistration Closes or Full to Capacity
Monday, March 12Monday, February 19Friday, March 2
Monday, March 19Monday, February 19Friday, March 9
Monday, March 26Monday, February 19Friday, March 16
Friday, April 13Monday, February 19Friday, April 5

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.

Tentative Itinerary

A hard copy of the Florida Days official itinerary 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.

  • 7:30 AM - Buses from the designated parking deck to the J. Wayne Reitz Union will begin. (15-30 minute rotations)
  • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM - Registration and Resource Fair
  • 8:45 AM - 9:00 AM - Welcome and Opening Address


  • 9:15 AM - 9:45 AM - Session One
  • 9:45 AM - 10:00 AM - Break
  • 10:15 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 - Noon - Session Four
  • Noon - 4:00 PM - Lunch, self-guided exploration of campus. Students can also take advantage of the in-house tours and open house opportunities offered.
  • 4:00 PM - The shuttle buses leave the Reitz and make final trip to the designated parking garage.

Additional Florida Days Opportunities

  • The Department of Housing - Housing Tour
  • College of Business - Open House
  • College of the Arts - Open House
  • Honors Program - Residential Hall Tour
  • Dept. of Recreational Sports - In-house Tour
  • ROTC - Van Fleet Hall Open House
  • See the Gatorway app for the most up-to-date information on tour and open/in-house times.


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 ufguest. 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.


Attendance can only be guaranteed for invitees who have registered. Walk-on registration is not accepted for Destination UF and will only be allowed for Florida Days after confirming at the check-in/registration table on the day of the event or via phone/email with the program coordinator at least one business day prior that there is space to walk on.


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