New Graduate Student Orientation Schedule

Tuesday, August 13

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

  9:00 am J. Adrian Tyndall, M.D., Interim Dean, College of Medicine

Joseph Fantone, M.D., Sr. Associate Dean for Educational Affairs, College of Medicine

Thomas Rowe, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Graduate Education, College of Medicine

  9:30 am Heather Holcomb, Director of Alumni Affairs, College of Medicine

Beverly Dede, Ph.D., Program Director, Office of Student Counseling & Development

James Gorske, Learning Specialist, College of Medicine

Kristen Skruber, Graduate Assistants United, College of Medicine Representative

Seth Currlin, GSO President

10:00 am Specific Graduate Program Orientation Breakout Sessions – coordinated by program directors/coordinators

Monday, August 12

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

Thursday, August 15

  • 11:00 am – First Mentoring Group Meeting/Biomedical Sciences Program
  • 2:30 pm – Mentor Match Reception – Harrell Medical Education Building, North Learning Studio (125)

Friday, August 16

  • 10:30 am – Biomedical Sciences Program Pictures, Hugh Hill Conference Room, R1-106
  • 11:00 am – Biomedical Sciences Program/GSO Buddy Lunch

Saturday, August 17

Tuesday, August 20

  • University of Florida Classes Start

Thursday, August 29

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, 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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