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 by participating in our Parent and Family week of opportunities.

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 admitted as a first-year, they are required to complete our mandatory First-Year Orientation program, which is a one-day program that can be completed in person or online.

NEW STUDENTS, this is NOT your Orientation. Please login to MY.FIU.EDU to register for your Orientation under the "Orientation" tile. This orientation is for NEW PARENTS AND FAMILY MEMBERS ONLY. 

We developed an online Parent and Family Orientation course on Canvas. The course is designed to provide you (as the parent and family member) with important information about FIU policies and resources. With a small registration fee of $15, you have the access to important academic and support related information to help answer your questions and ease concerns about your student’s transition to college. It is self-paced and can be reviewed at your own time. You have the freedom to move around to any module of your choice and will have contact information for each department. Access to this course gives you all the information you need to best support you and your student in one easy location! 

Once you register, you can request your complimentary electronic copy of the book, College Ready: Expert Advice for Parents to Simplify the College Transition. Written by experts, each chapter addresses top-of-mind concerns and includes conversation starters to empower you to feel fully prepared for anything. The text also includes a comprehensive checklist that helps families and students stay on top of summer to-dos!

                                                 Book Cover: College Ready

To register, click here. 

To ensure that you don't miss out on our parent and family initiatives, have your student submit your name and email address when they sign up for their First-Year or Transfer Orientation program. For more information about your student's Orientation process, see Undergraduate Orientation.

If you have additional questions, please email us at or for the fastest assistance, use Live Chat available here on our website from 8:00 am-5:00 pm Monday through Friday.

Parent & 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.

  • Resources to Support Your Student During COVID-19

    We understand this is a challenging period for students and families. That is why we are here to help streamline important information from the University to you! Below are some resources that may be helpful in supporting you and your student as they transition to college and FIU: 


  • Campus 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.
    • One Stop - This is the one stop shop for all needs regarding admissions, registration, and financial services.
    • 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.
    • Academic and Career SuccessAcademic and Career Success at FIU is here to help your student succeed in their academics as well as career services.
    • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) - CAPS pprovides mental health services to students that will facilitate and enhance their personal learning, emotional well-being and academic skills development.
    • Panthers CarePanthers Care is a Dean of Students Office initiative that seeks to improve student growth, academic success, retention, and on-campus safety by creating a culture of care at FIU through proactive educational outreach and assisting students in distress. Together we can create a community where students, faculty, and staff support one another and speak up on behalf of those who may need assistance. 
    • Transfer and Transition Services (TTS)From evaluating transfer courses and offering pre-transfer advising to developing fully online resources, their team is here to support your students transition to FIU. 
  • Stay Connected!
    • 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!
    • Parent and family members of admitted students are also invited to join the "FIU Panther Parents & Family Members" Facebook Group! This group is exclusively for parents and family members of FIU admitted students. It offers a community for members to connect with one another, ask questions about how to best support their students in their collegiate endeavor, while continuing to instill Panther pride. Join today!

Parent and Family Mini Series

Join the Orientation and Family Programs staff along with diverse departments across campus to learn about resources/services and tips for parents and family members on how to best support their student at FIU. These scheduled one hour mini-series episodes are hosted throughout the semester and each session will have panelists ranging from FIU professionals to student leaders. Make sure to register for the session of your choice, meet professionals across campus, and join to get all your questions answered! 

  • August 3, 2021 - Bayview Student Living at 6 PM

    Is your student living at the beautiful Biscayne Bay Campus or is interested in living at Bayview Student Living? Come and get your questions answered about moving to Bayview and what to expect living on campus! You will hear directly from Bayview Student Living representatives and a student who can share more about their experience living on-site.

    Register here at You will be receiving your Zoom Webinar link to the registered email once after completing the registration.

  • August 4, 2021 - Center for Student Engagement at 6 PM

    It is never too early to learn about out-of-class engagement opportunities! Join us as the Center for Student Engagement shares more information about student organizations and involvement opportunities at FIU along. You will also hear a student perspective about the benefits of staying engaged on campus!

    Register at You will be receiving your Zoom Webinar link to the registered email once after completing the registration.

  • August 11, 2021 - Financial Wellness at 6 PM

    The Financial Wellness Program at FIU aims to help students better understand what it means to live a financially healthy life and all the good things that come along with it. Join this session to learn more about their services along with hearing a student perspective on how they have taken advantage of this program!

    Register at You will be receiving your Zoom Webinar link to the registered email once after completing the registration.

  • August 18, 2021 - shopFIU at 6 PM

    Join this session to learn more about FIU retail services, the Panther Book Pack program, and so much more! A student will be joining shopFIU professionals to answer questions about their on-campus retail experience, along with some cost saving tips!

    Register at You will be receiving your Zoom Webinar link to the registered email once after completing the registration.

Parent and Family Week

Save the date for our Parent & Family Week from the comfort of your own home, October 18 – 23, with the possibility of an on campus celebration on the 23rd!

As we continue to keep the safety and well-being of FIU families a priority and in an effort to expand on our traditional Parent & Family Day program, our 2021 Parent & Family week of events will offer a variety of virtual and on-campus, live and self-guided, experiences that you can participate as a family. You have the freedom to create the best Parent & Family week of experience that suits your availability and interests.

Make sure you stay connected with our office to receive information as it becomes available!


Orientation Resource Guide

Click below to access the online version of our Orientation Resource Guide, which contains information about university resources, services, and supports.2021-2022 Resource Guide


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