Parents and Families

We strongly believe that family provides crucial support for the experiences that students will encounter at FIU. Orientation and Family Programs exist to help with this transition beginning at Orientation.

We invite all parents and families to participate in our Parent and Family week of opportunities.

Parent and Family Orientation

We are so excited that your student has decided to pursue their education at Florida International University! On behalf of FIU, we welcome you and your student and look forward to helping you navigate FIU resources, experiences, and opportunities!

We believe parents and families play a strong role in a student’s college success. First-Year Orientation is mandatory for incoming students, and while it is not mandatory that parents or family members attend orientation, we encourage you to sign up to gain valuable insight into your student's future as a Panther. We welcome up to two guests per student, first come first serve during orientation registration. Students can register guests through their account. There is an additional fee per person, and they are responsible for making any outstanding payments prior to attending orientation.

There are times during the program where you will be with your student but will have the opportunity to attend separate educational sessions as well.

We also created an opportunity for you to complete a free self-paced Parent and Family Orientation online course at

Note: Transfer Orientation is for students only, no guests allowed when possible. Should you need an accommodation, please contact Transfer families are encouraged to complete the free self-paced Parent & Family Orientation Course.

Self-Paced Parent & Family Virtual Orientation Course

Panther families! You can enroll for free into our Parent & Family Virtual Orientation Course by visiting This course will be available for you throughout your student's academic journey at FIU. Once you click on the link, if you are a First Time User, you can create an account with your personal e-mail address. Receive access to countless resources and important links to help you and your student transition smoothly to FIU. Should you have any technical questions regarding the course, please e-mail or contact Orientation and Family Programs at (305) 348-6414, Monday-Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM.


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Collegiate Parent

Collegiate Parent provides essential parent guides, articles, and insider stories to support the parent/student relationship during the time of collegiate transition. CollegiateParent believes in deepening the connection between families and the university community through sharing resources and tips for success. Visit their website for read more!

Subscribe to our newsletter

FIU's Parent and Family Newsletter updates monthly with university news, events and activities, and resources available for students. Subscribe now!

Connect on Facebook

Parent and family members of admitted students are invited to join the exclusive FIU Panther Parents & Family Members Facebook Group! 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!

Contact Us

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 Orientation program.

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

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