What's the magic of Panther Camp?

Panther Camp provides incoming FIU students with the opportunity to transition to FIU in an exciting and engaging manner. The program focuses on building relationships with other FIU students, fostering school spirit, cultivating future student leaders and helping students learn about FIU's traditions and unique culture. Become a part of a proud FIU tradition and build new friendships as you begin your journey as a Panther!

Panther Camp Registration will be available April 1, 2023!

Degree-seeking first-year and transfer students admitted Spring 2023, Early Fall 2023, and Fall 2023, and are eligible to attend. If you are interested in being contacted when registration opens, please fill out this form. 

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Panther Camp Guide

  • What can I expect at Panther Camp?
    • Meet 150+ other new students in large and small group settings.
    • Meet FIU 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!
  • Who can attend Panther Camp?

    Panther Camp is a retreat for new students only. Degree-seeking first-year and transfer students admitted Early Fall 2023, Fall 2023, and Spring 2024 are eligible to attend. Parents and family members are not able to attend Panther Camp. We encourage parents and family members to attend our annual Parent & Family Weekend, which takes place during the Fall semester.

  • When is Panther Camp?

    Panther Camp 2023 will host three sessions over Summer 2023:

    • June 23-25, 2023 
    • July 21-23, 2023 
    • August 16-18, 2023 
  • Where is Panther Camp?

    Panther Camp 2023 will be hosted at a retreat center in Lake Placid, FL, which is about 2.5 hours away from the Modesto A. Maidique Campus. Transportation is included in the cost of registration and will be provided for all campers to and from Panther Camp.  

  • How do I register for Panther Camp?

    Registration for Panther Camp 2023 will go live on April 1, 2023. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Camper registration includes travel, lodging, meals, activities, and giveaways throughout the duration of Panther Camp!Scholarships to aid interested students in attending camp are available on a limited basis. More information about the scholarship program can be found below.  

The Panther Camp Scholarship Program

All efforts are made to ensure that participants pay as little as possible to attend Panther Camp. Throughout the academic year, the Panther Camp team raises funds for the Panther Camp Scholarship Program to help defer the cost of camp for students with financial need. Recipients will receive a 50% scholarship to reduce the registration fee. The recipients of the scholarship are responsible for the 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 full waiver of registration cost or academic scholarships.

Apply for a Panther Camp Scholarship

  • Log into Panther Connect.
  • Complete the Scholarship Application. 
  • If selected, you will receive emailed instructions on how to register at the reduced price 
  • Scholarships will not be granted to participants who have already registered for Panther Camp. 

Summer ’22 scholarship recipient Gaby Pabellon said -  

“I had just moved back to Miami from Orlando, and I wanted to have some friends going into my first semester at a new university. I figured Panther Camp would be a super fun way of meeting new people, and it was! You’ll get to bond with other students and discover things about yourself you didn't know. Panther Camp helped me form new perspectives, and it was one of the best experiences of my life that I’ll never forget.” 

Support Panther Camp

  • Get Involved

    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.

  • Panther Camp Foundation

    Donations to the Panther Camp Program - FIU Foundation will provide support for any expenses related to the operations, programming, services, and student support. If you'd like to make an in-kind donation or have questions, please email pcamp@fiu.edu