Panther Camp

The Panther Camp mission is to provide incoming FIU students with the opportunity to transition to FIU in an exciting and engaging manner. The program focuses on assisting new students in building relationships with other FIU students, fostering school spirit, cultivating future student leaders and helping students learn about FIU's traditions and unique culture.

What is Panther Camp?

Panther Camp is a great way for you to meet other new students before you start your FIU experience. If you enjoy having fun, meeting exciting people and love to take advantage of a great opportunity then Panther Camp is for you!

Camp Information

  • When is Panther Camp?

    New students should attend Panther Camp based on their admission status. Our Spring Panther Camp session is for all incoming, Spring 2019, freshmen and transfer students.

    Spring Panther Camp (January 18-20, 2019)

    Registration is currently open, SIGN UP NOW!


  • Panther Camp Blog

    Want to know more about Panther Camp? Check out our Panther Camp Blog ( for stories, testimonials, and first-hand accounts from past campers and leadership!


  • What can I expect at camp?
    • Meet 200+ other new students in large and small group settings
    • Meet FIU faculty, staff, and student leaders
    • Participate in fun activities and team builders
    • Learn tips and tricks on how to be a successful student
    • Learn about FIU traditions
    • Learn how to take advantage of opportunities available to you as a FIU student
    • Learn leadership skills and the leadership opportunities for you on campus
    • Learn how to make the most of your college experience
    • Become a part of a proud FIU tradition
    • Have FUN!
  • Where is Panther Camp?
    Panther Camp takes place at Lake Placid Camp and Conference Center in Lake Placid, FL. Accommodations are air conditioned, with bunk-bed style sleeping quarters. All cabins are carpeted and have indoor plumbing.
  • Guide to Panther Camp
    • Please keep in mind that registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no deadline.
    • We encourage you to attend Panther Camp after you've attended your Orientation, when possible. During the summer, sessions are specified for freshman or transfer students, while our spring session is for both combined.
    • The camps are designed for students based on their admission status. In summer, three of the camps are for Freshmen students and one is for Transfer students. In spring, the one session offered is for both freshmen and transfers. Please make sure you sign up for the correct session.
    • Panther Camp takes place at Lake Placid Camp and Conference Center in Lake Placid, FL. Accommodations are air conditioned, with bunk-bed style sleeping quarters. All cabins are carpeted and have indoor plumbing.
    • Our air-conditioned bus will take you there- we will leave the first day of camp from the Modesto A. Maidique Campus.
    • Males and females are separated into different cabins
    • Parents are not allowed. Panther Camp is a getaway retreat for new students only. We encourage parents to attend our annual Parent & Family Day, which takes place during the fall semester.
    • If you are not an incoming student but still want to get involved in Panther Camp on a leadership level, please see our Panther Camp Leadership page.

Scholarship Opportunities

FIU Panther Camp is dedicated to providing incoming students with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transition to FIU in a unique way. All efforts are made to ensure that participants pay as little as possible to attend Panther Camp. Those in need of financial assistance to attend Panther Camp can apply for one of our scholarship programs listed below.

Panther Camp Scholarship Fund

Throughout the academic year the Panther Camp Team raises funds for the Panther Camp Scholarship Fund. These funds are raised to help defer the cost of Panther Camp for students with financial need. Recipients will receive a $50.00 scholarship, which will reduce the $90.00 registration fee. The recipients of the scholarship are responsible for the $40.00 difference in the cost of registration. Recipients are selected solely based on expressed need, not on merit. All scholarships are awarded on a first come, first served basis. Panther Camp does not offer a waiver of registration cost or full scholarships.

Those interested in applying for the scholarship should complete the 2018 Panther Camp Scholarship Application (includes online form and one-page essay). We will review all applications and you will receive notice of our descision within 10 business days. If awarded the scholarship, you will receive an email with instructions on how to register at the reduced price. If not awarded the scholarship, you will receive an email and we will work with you to see how we may be able to get you registered for Panther Camp.

Robillard Scholarship Program

The Robillard Scholarship will allow 10-15 students each year to have the full registration cost of Panther Camp covered by completing the requirements of the program. Robillard Scholars will be selected to participate in a cohort experience which includes attending Panther Camp and successfully completing the Academy of Leaders program in Fall 2018. The Robillard Scholarship will cover the full cost of Panther Camp and AOL.

Application Process

Students interested in participating in the Robillard Scholarship will be required to complete an online application form. Applications for 2019 campers will open in Spring 2019

Those interested in the Robillard Scholarship SHOULD NOT register for/pay for Panther Camp. No scholarships will be granted for those who have already signed up for Panther Camp.

Selection Criteria

The Robillard Scholarship will be awarded to applicants who are interested in participating in Panther Camp and continuing their involvement and engagement with FIU following the camp experience. Applicants should outline their plans to be involved throughout their time at FIU and how participating in Panther Camp and the Academy of Leaders will help them to do so. The Robillard Scholarship is not a need-based scholarship, but instead is based on merit and intended impact on the FIU community through spirit, leadership, and involvement.

Financial Coverage/Responsibility

Those selected for the Robillard Scholarship will have the entire cost of Panther Camp covered. If selected, participants will need to register themselves for camp by coming to the Office of Orientation and Parent Programs (GC 189). In addition to the cost of Panther Camp, Robillard Scholars will also receive funding to cover the cost of their participating in the Academy of Leaders (AOL).

*Participants who fail to complete the Academy of Leaders (AOL) after attending Panther Camp, will be required to repay the registration cost of Panther Camp ($90) and the AOL registration cost ($60).

Additional Requirements

We are excited to offer this opportunity to students who are ready to get involved and make an impact at FIU. If you are ready to experience the Magic of Panther Camp AND continue that experience after camp, than the Robillard Scholarship is the perfect option for you!

Required dates for the Panther Camp Robillard Scholars are contained below. Failure to complete all parts of the program will make you financially responsible for your attendance. Please see below for more details.

Panther Camp Alumni Council

Panther Camp and FIU Orientation and Parent Programs is excited to announce a new leadership opportunity within the Panther Camp program. We are looking for a group of motivated and energetic applicants to serve as the Panther Camp Alumni Council. This group will be made up of past participants of Panther Camp and will focus on creating opportunities to engage with Panther Camp Alumni. The Council will be comprised of current students as well as FIU Alumni affiliated with the program.

Mr. & Miss Panther Camp

Every year, Panther Camp selects two program alumni to serve as Mr. & Miss Panther Camp.  These alumni serve as representatives of the Panther Camp program and help to raise funds for the Panther Camp Scholarship Fund. Mr. & Miss Panther Camp are selected during our annual Panther Camp Scholarship Week, which typically takes place in April. To be eligible to run for either position, you must have attended Panther Camp in some capacity, be a currently enrolled student, complete the required application and interview, and actively participate in all Panther Camp Scholarship Week events.


Spring Camp 2019

Registration for Spring Panther Camp 2019 is now open. This session is open to all Spring 2019 Freshmen and Transfer Students.




Orientation and Family Programs
MMC – Graham Center 189
BBC – Wolfe University Center 129

Fax 305-348-6483

Office Hours

Monday – Friday: 8 am – 5 pm