New Student Orientation


Optional Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience Tour

If you are interested in using comparative models in basic biological and biomedical research, check out the Whitney Laboratory (  A tour will be available on Thursday August 11.  Transportation, box lunch, and dinner provided for up to 17 students.  If you are interested in touring the Whitney Lab to find out more about research opportunities, please contact  Amy Davis or  Dr. Paul Linser, by August 3. Transportation, box lunch and dinner provided (up to 17 students – must sign up)

Friday, August 12

  • When you arrive in Gainesville please stop by the office M130
  • Check-in available prior to August 12:  Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Update student records, clear registration holds and complete additional payroll forms
  • International students need to obtain social security cards and check for holds on student records.
9:00 am – 12:00 noon Welcome to Graduate Education – HPNP G-301
9:00 am Michael Good, Dean, College of Medicine
Thomas Rowe, Associate Dean for Graduate Education
9:30 am Dr. Beverly Vidaurreta, Office of Student Counseling & Development, “Grad School 101”
9:45 am GAU Co-president, Alec Dinnin

GAU COM Representative, Joe Lebowitz

GSO President, Andrea Lin

GSO Advisory Board Representatives, Joe Lebowitz and Ally Shea

10:30 am Eileen Parris, COM Student Financial Aid Coordinator
11:00 am  – 12:00 pm Free time
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch for all new students with the GSO Officers and “Buddies”
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Tours of classrooms, labs, library, etc. (Casey Keuthan & Seth Currlin)

Saturday, August 13

  • 7:00 pm – until
    Graduate Student Mixer – Mother’s Pub & Grill Map to Mother’s
    hosted by GSO

Monday, August 15

Tuesday, August 16 – Friday, August 19

  • (See GMS 6003 schedule on Canvas)

Monday, August 22

  •  GPBS Core Course Begins – visit the Canvas website regularly to check for updates/changes

Tuesday, August 23

  •  5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    Welcome Reception in Scott Commons Atrium of the Harrell Medical Education Building

Orientation Details


Update your Emergency Contact Information.  You must log on to MyUfl to update, and this must be done before you can register.

International Students

Attention INTERNATIONAL students!  Please be sure to have enough personal funds to support your living expenses for 2-3 months when you move to Gainesville.  Your target date for moving to Gainesville should be during the first week of August, so that you can find a place to live and be settled.  Because of all of the paperwork that must be done to get you on payroll, your first pay check will be delayed by as much as 2 months.  Please contact Amy Davis in the Office of Graduate Education (room M130, phone 273-8601) as soon as you arrive in Gainesville, so that you can begin the paperwork as soon as possible and minimize the delay.

You should plan to move to Gainesville no later than the week of August 1-7, to give you enough time to settle in, arrange for utilities, phone connections, etc. Orientation activities are mandatory.


  • Health Insurance/GatorGrad Care –  GatorGrad Care health insurance is available exclusively to Graduate Assistants.  Enrollment is NOT automatic. You must enroll by the enrollment deadline September 14; you will receive an email prompting you to enroll prior to the deadline.  For further plan information visit
  • For questions or concerns, please contact the GA Benefits Office at 352-392-0003 or


  • On-Campus Graduate and Family housing, sponsored by the UF Division of Student Affairs: On-Campus Housing
  • Off-Campus housing resource, sponsored by the UF Division of Student Affairs: Off-Campus Housing


Gainesville Regional Utilities
301 SE 4th Avenue
open from 8 AM – 5 PM weekdays

Campus Parking

As with all university campuses, parking on campus can be a challenge.  Please note that all UF students have free access to our community’s public bus transportation system, the Gainesville Regional Transit System (  However, if you must drive to campus, getting your campus parking permit is your responsibility.  Decals may be purchased at the Decal Office located at the corner of Gale Lemerand Drive and Mowry Road (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday) or on-line. Once your employment record is active on 8/16/16, you will be able to purchase a parking decal.  If you wish to obtain your parking decal prior to 8/16, please contact Amy Davis and I will provide you with an employment letter.   More detailed parking information is available by phone at (352) 392-2241 and at (

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