Parents and Families

At Florida International University, we strongly believe that family members provide crucial support for the new experiences that students will encounter during college. Orientation and Family Programs exist to help new students and their families with this transition and growth beginning at Orientation.

We also invite all parents and families to continue their involvement with FIU and to reconnect with their students on campus by attending our spirited Parent and Family Day.

Finally, to support you in your transition as your student begins college, we've assembled a variety of resources and links that we believe can help during this period.

Parent and Family Orientation

If your student is a freshman, he or she is required to attend our mandatory Freshman Orientation program. We are excited to offer you the opportunity to attend a concurrent Parent & Family Orientation program to help answer your questions and ease concerns about your student's transition to college and FIU. Parent & Family Orientation runs concurrently with your student's Freshman Orientation program. It is designed to provide you with important information about FIU, and you will hear from representatives of the following offices:

  • Undergraduate Academic Advising
  • Financial Aid and Student Financials
  • Housing & Residential Life
  • Student Health Services
  • Parking & Transportation
  • and many more!

Parent & Family Orientation runs from 8:00 am to approximately 7:00 pm when students are admitted to the spring semester. To register for Parent & Family Orientation, you may sign up while your student registers for Freshman Orientation, through their MYFIU account at cost of $25 per person. You can also register on-site. There is no on-campus overnight option for students or family members attending orientation for the spring term. For more information about Freshman Orientation, head over to the Freshmen Students area.

If you have additional questions, please contact our office at or 305-348-6414 and we will be happy to assist you.

Parent and Family Orientation FAQs

  • Does my student have to stay overnight during Orientation?
    While highly encouraged, the overnight portion of Freshman orientation is not mandatory for students attending a session at the Modesto Maidique Campus for early fall/fall. Students who want to opt out of the overnight should contact our office to make arrangements. Spring admitted students will not have the overnight option because the program is only one day.
  • Do parents stay overnight during orientation program?

    No, parents DO NOT stay overnight with the students. Parents will have to make their own accommodations if they are from out of the area.

    The nearest hotel to the Modesto Maidique Campus is Comfort Suites Inn located at 3901 Southwest 117th Avenue, Miami, FL 33175. You may contact them at (305) 220-3901.

  • Is Parent and Family Orientation mandatory? Do I have to attend both days?

    It is not mandatory for parents and families to attend orientation but we welcome you to attend if your schedule allows it.

    If you cannot attend both days for early fall/fall, we recommend that you attend the first day as the majority of information will be covered regarding academics and fees/payments etc.

  • What if my student cannot attend orientation?
    Please contact our office at (305)348-6414 for a detailed explanation on your student’s options if they cannot attend orientation. However, please note that freshmen orientation IS MANDATORY and their only option may be to defer their admission to a future term if they cannot attend.
  • How do I change my student’s orientation date?
    If your student needs to change their orientation date they can contact the orientation office at (305) 348-6414 or visit the office at MMC in the Graham Center (GC) Room 189 or BBC in the Wolfe Center (WUC) Room 129 for further assistance no later than three business days prior to their originally scheduled session. If a student does not change/cancel their scheduled orientation within this timeframe, they may be charged a $35 no show fee.

Parent and Family Day

Join us for one of FIU's greatest traditions: Parent & Family Day 2018! Parent & Family Day is a great way for parents and family members to experience FIU, celebrate your student, interact with members of the FIU community, and show your Panther Pride! All events are open to parents, family members, and their current FIU student(s)!

This year's event will take place Saturday, September 15, 2018. We will have additional programming happening throughout the weekend, so be sure to check back regularly.

Registration is officially open, go to to sign up!

2018 PFD Events

Registration for Parent & Family Day includes the following events:

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Proud Parent & Family Brunch
Time: 11:00am
Location: Wellness & Recreation Center
Event Description: Join President Mark B. Rosenberg, Orientation and Family Programs' Staff, FIU Faculty/Staff, and other Proud FIU Parents for our annual brunch. 

Time: 2:00-4:00pm
Locations: Stoker Astroscience Observatory, Frost Art Museum, Wellness & Recreation Center, Campus Tours
Event Description: Interested in seeing our beautiful campus, state-of-the-art facilities, and/or world-renowned art museums? We will be offering tours of a number of different spaces all across campus!

Parent & Family Networking Hour
Sponsored by: FIU Parent & Family Council 
Time: 2:00-3:30pm
Location: Vicky's Cafe (located in the Frost Art Museum)
Event Description: Join members of the newly-formed Parent & Family Council and FIU Foundation staff for a cup of coffee or ‘cafecito’ while mingling with other FIU family members.

Housing and Residential Life Family and Friends Reception
Sponsored by: Housing & Residential Life
Time: 3:00-4:30pm
Location: Everglades MPR 141
Event Description: Family and friends of residential students are invited to Housing and Residential Life’s Inaugural Reception to meet and greet the staff and to enjoy refreshments and light fare.

FIU Football Tailgating
Time: 5:00pm
Location: FIU Alumni Association Tailgate
Event Description: Join our FIU Alumni Association as we prepare to cheer on our FIU Panthers to a victory agains UMASS!

FIU Football vs. University of Massachusetts Amherst
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Riccardo Silva Stadium
Event Description: Cheer on our FIU Panthers from the Parent & Family Day section at the game! *Reminder - if you would like your student to be able to sit with you at the game you will need to purchase them a FIU Football Ticket.

Additional Parent & Family Events

Separate RSVPs required for these events. Additional events are free-of-charge. Registration for Parent & Family Day is not required, although highly encouraged, to attend the following events:

Friday, September 14, 2018

Tour of the STAR (Simulation, Teaching, and Research) Center
Sponsored by: Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences
Time: 10:00-11:00am
Location: FIU STAR Center
RSVP: Email Rachel Jenkins ( - Space is limited.
More Info: STAR Center - 

From Bench Science to Breakthroughs: Laboratory Tours
Sponsored by: FIU Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work
Event Description: The Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work invites parents for a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the exciting world of research in Public Health and Biomedical Science. Tour state-of-the-art laboratories and learn about the latest research by our world-renowned faculty! Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience “life in the lab”as you observe scientists at work and even participate in what could be the next big breakthrough!
Time: 5:30-7:00pm
Location: Academic Health Center 4 (AHC-4)
RSVP: RSVP to Jeanne Luis at or 305-348-3198 - Space is extremely limited

2018 Peer Advisors and Panther Camp Facilitators Parent and Family Reception
Sponsored by: Orientation and Family Programs
Event Description: Parents and family members of the 2018 Panther Camp and Peer Advisor teams are invited to join Orientation and Family Programs as we unveil the official 2018 Team Photos. Light refreshments will be served.
Time: 5:00-7:00pm
Location: Graham Center Art Gallery

Safety & Care Fair
Sponsored by: Panthers Care, Its On Us, the Civility Initiative, and the Victim Empowerment Program
Event Description: Come enjoy pastries and coffee, while learning about different departments and organizations on campus that provide a “culture of care” for our students and community. We will also have music, games, and giveaways!  
Time: 5:30-7:00pm
Location: Graham Center Pit
No RSVP Required

Family Movie - the Incredibles 2
Sponsored by: FIU Student Programming Council
Time: 7:00pm
Location: FIU Graham Center Ballrooms

Family Resources

The following resources and links are provided to aid your family's transition to Florida International University. Gathered from Orientation and several areas of campus, these resources contain specific information about the student college transition including various FIU departments/services, and other helpful materials.

  • Parent and Family Guide - This is an electronic version of the Parent and Family Guide provided at our on-campus programs with tons of resources!
  • Campus Living - Here you can find information on where your student can live, learn, and excel!
  • Important Dates - This is a link to the registrar's webpage so that the crucial academic dates for the next year can be viewed and written down. It is important for students to be aware of these deadlines.
  • Campus Map - Looking for a campus location? Check out our interactive campus maps.
  • FIU Health - Your gateway to contemporary and innovative world-class medical care.

Parent and Family Newsletter

FIU's Parent and Family Newsletter is published monthly and delivered to your email address. The newsletter informs parents and loved ones about university news; events and activities; and resources available for students. Subscribe now and check out our past issues below.

Common Contacts



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