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, they are required to complete our mandatory Freshman Orientation program. We are excited to offer you the opportunity to attend a Parent & Family Orientation program concurrent with their On-Campus Freshman Orientation to help answer your questions and ease concerns about your student's transition to college and FIU. It is designed to provide you with important information about FIU, and you will hear from representatives of the following offices:

  • Academic Advising
  • Financial Aid and Student Financials
  • Housing & Residential Life
  • Dean of Students
  • FIU Police Department
  • and many more!

Parent & Family Orientation for summer/fall is two-days from 8:00 am to approximately 7:00 pm on day one and 8am to approximately 2:00 pm on day two. For spring, it is just one day. To register for Parent & Family Orientation, you may sign up while your student registers for Freshman On-Campus Orientation, through their MYFIU account at cost of $35 per person. You can also register on-site. There is no on-campus overnight option for family members of students attending orientation. For more information about your student's Orientation process, see Undergraduate Orientation.

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 On-Campus Orientation is not mandatory for students attending a session at the Modesto Maidique Campus for early fall/fall. Students who wish to sign up for the Overnight will do so when they complete their On-Campus Orientation registration. 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 On-Campus 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! Parent & Family Day is a great way for parents and family members to experience FIU, celebrate your student(s), interact with members of the FIU community, and show your Panther Pride!

Parent & Family Day will take place on Saturday, October 10, 2020! Save the date and more details will be posted here by June. You can see last year's menu of events below to get an idea of what you might expect!

2019 Parent & Family Day Details

  • Schedule of Events

    Friday, September 13, 2019

    • Family Movie Night - Aladdin
      • Sponsored by FIU Student Programming Council
      • Time: 6:30 PM
      • Location: Graham Center, Room 140
        • The Student Programming Council (SPC) will be offering popcorn, candy, and refreshments for those who attend. Additionally, the first 60 attendees will have the chance to get movie-themed cake pops and cupcakes! There will also be a photo booth so come on in, take some pictures, and enjoy this free movie with your students and your family!
        • RSVP here today!

    Saturday, September 14, 2019

    • FIU Proud Parent & Family Brunch
      • Time: 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
      • Location: Graham Center Ballrooms
    • Optional Campus Tours/Visits
      • Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM 
        • General Campus Tour
        • Robotics and Digital Fabrication Lab TourTours will be held every 10-15 minutes between 2 pm - 4 pm located in the Paul Cejas Architecture Building. They will be held every 10-15 minutes!
        • Stocker Astroscience Center Tour
          • Tours will be held every 45 minutes starting at 1 PM.  
        • Wellness and Recreation Center - MMC
          • Please see below for additional information!
        • Housing and Residential Life Family and Friends Reception
          • 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
          • Everglades Hall First Floor Lounge
        • Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum Visit
        • Campus Bookstore Visit
          • 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM 
    • FIU Parent & Family Tailgate
      • Co-Hosted by the FIU Alumni Association
      • Time: 4:30-6:30 PM (Don't miss the Panther Walk at 4:45 PM!)
      • Location: Parkview Multipurpose Room
    • FIU Football vs. University of New Hampshire Wildcats
      • Time: 7:00 PM
      • Riccardo Silva Stadium
  • Other Weekend Opportunities

    Miami Beach Urban Studios (Friday, 9am-5pm – 420 Lincoln Rd. Suite 440, Miami Beach)

    • Miami Beach Urban Studios provides an extraordinary base from which to explore Miami Beach’s, galleries, music and theater venues, architecture firms, and artist studios. Located on Lincoln Road, MBUS is a creative collider for people and ideas in Arts, Design and Technology that includes a large 3D printing Lab, string quartet, galleries, classrooms, and research space. The building is located between Drexel and Washington Avenues. The entrance is on Lincoln Road between the Haagen Dazs and Starbucks Coffee Shops. Take escalator to the second floor towards the elevator in the back to reach the 4th floor where our office is located. Visitors should be aware that some residential districts to the south of the Miami Beach Urban Studios offer free parking, M-F 7AM-6PM. Please read the parking restrictions in any residential district on Miami Beach carefully before parking.

     The Wolfsonian Second Shift (Friday, 6pm-9pm - 1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach)

    • It’s SoBe’s best-kept nightlife secret: when the other happy hours wind down, we keep the killer specials going! For a sophisticated date night that will be kind on your wallet, pencil in a stop at The Wolf. First take a free guided tour of the galleries at 6pm, then head downstairs to the Design Store for half-priced beer, wine, and mixed drinks. After pregaming with our one-two punch of culture and cocktails, you’ll be right in the heart of the action only a couple of blocks from Ocean Drive—perfectly situated to hit the town in style.

     Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum (Friday/Saturday – 10am-5pm, Sunday – 12-5pm)

    • The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum's mission is to provide transformative experiences through art; collect, exhibit, and interpret art across cultures; and advance FIU’s stature as a top tier research university. One of the largest academic art museums in South Florida, the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum provides the community with free access to world-class art that spans cultures and time periods. The museum started as a small space in FIU’s Primera Casa building in 1978. As the collection and programming grew, the university recognized the need for a dedicated museum space. The museum now resides in a beautiful 46,000 square foot building designed by Yann Weymouth and situated in the heart of FIU’s Avenue of the Arts.

     Wellness & Recreation Center Access

    • Check out our state-of-the-art gym equipment and visit the Wellness and Recreation Center throughout Parent and Family Weekend! Parents and family members can buy a guest pass for the Wellness and Recreation Center at the Modesto Maidique Campus. The cost for the pass is $5 and it is valid from Friday, September 13 through Sunday, September 15. Subsequent visits are free. The Wellness and Recreation Center has everything you need to live a fit, healthy lifestyle along with your student!
    • Hours of Operation
      • Friday: 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
      • Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
      • Note: Only major debit/credit cards accepted for the use of the Wellness and Recreation Center. No cash will be taken. Parents and family members must present a valid state driver's license or identification at the point of entry.
  • Get Tickets

    Ticket packages are available through EventBrite.

  • Traveling to Campus
    From Miami International Airport
    • Take the I-836 WEST exit from the Airport
    • Follow I-836 to the Florida Turnpike
    • Take the Florida Turnpike SOUTH exit
    • Follow the Florida Turnpike to the Tamiami Trail exit (SW 8th Street)
    • Take the SW 8th Street EAST exit
    • Follow SW 8th Street, FIU will appear on the right before SW 107th Avenue
    From I-95, Downtown Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach
    • Take I-95 to I-836 WEST
    • Follow I-836 to the Florida Turnpike
    • Take the Florida Turnpike SOUTH exit
    • Follow the Florida Turnpike to the Tamiami Trail exit (SW 8th Street)
    • Take the SW 8th Street EAST exit
    • Follow SW 8th Street, FIU will appear on the right before SW 107th Avenue
    From western Palm Beach, Broward County, or the Florida Turnpike North
    • Take the Florida Turnpike SOUTH exit
    • Follow the Florida Turnpike to the Tamiami Trail exit (SW 8th Street)
    • Take the SW 8th Street EAST exit
    • Follow SW 8th Street, FIU will appear on the right before SW 107th Avenue
    Homestead and the Keys
    • Take the Florida Turnpike NORTH exit
    • Follow the Florida Turnpike to the Tamiami Trail exit (SW 8th Street)
    • Take SW 8th Street EAST exit
    • Follow SW 8th Street, FIU will appear on the right before SW 107th Avenue
  • Nearby Hotels

    Comfort Suites - 2.5 miles

    3901 SW 117th Ave


    Hilton Garden Inn (Miami Dolphin Mall) - 2.3 miles

    1695 NW 111th Ave, Suite A


    Courtyard Marriott (Miami Dolphin Mall) – 2.1 miles

    11275 NW 12th St


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