New Graduate Student Orientation Schedule

Friday, August 11

Harrell Medical Education Building, North Learning Studio (Room 125)

  9:00 am Michael Good, Dean, College of Medicine

Thomas Rowe, Associate Dean for Graduate Education, College of Medicine

  9:30 am Heather Holcomb, Alumni Affairs, College of Medicine
  9:45 am James Gorske, Learning Specialist, College of Medicine
10:00 am Dr. Beverly Vidaurreta, Student Counseling & Development, College of Medicine
10:15 am GAU University of Florida Representative

GAU College of Medicine Representative, Joe Lebowitz

GSO President, Heather Drew

10:45 am Specific Program Orientation Breakout Sessions (coordinated by program coordinators) – Biomedical Sciences Program Orientation will be held in the Harrell Medical Education Building (Room 128)
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch for all new College of Medicine Graduate Students with the GSO Officers and “Buddies” – Harrell Medical Education Building, North Learning Studio (Room 125)
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm GSO Tours of classrooms, labs, library, graduate student lounge, etc.

Saturday, August 12

  • 7:00 pm – until
    Graduate Student Mixer, host by GSO – Mother’s Pub & Grill

Monday, August 14

  • 9:00 am – 3:15 pm
    University of Florida Graduate School, New Graduate Student Orientation – Reitz Union

Tuesday, August 15 – Thursday, August 17

  • 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
    GMS 6003 – Essentials of Graduate Research & Professional Development

Friday, August 18

Monday, August 21

  •  GMS 6001 Core Course Begins

Thursday, August 24

Update your Emergency Contact Information.  You must log on to MyUfl to update, and this must be done before you can be registered for classes each semester.

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 M134, 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 1-4, 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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