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UF’s online Family Chat program is a great way to stay connected and informed! Join other UF family members and campus representatives for themed bi-monthly chat sessions. These live online sessions are designed to answer your specific questions and promote discussion about UF and common transition concerns you or your UF student may experience. Great discussion groups and answers to your questions are just a click away. Make sure to mark your calendar for upcoming chats.

Before you chat, check out our Family Chat Instructions and Tips here!

Click here to view transcripts from past chats.

Upcoming Chat Topics:

Stay Connected
Thursday, October 1 
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
If your student lives at home or if you live in California, it is hard to know how to get involved in your college student’s life.  Join us as we answer your questions and provide advice for how to stay connected and involved without your son or daughter feeling like you are watching over them.

Gearing up for Midterms
Wednesday, October 14
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
Gearing up for Midterms: Join us to hear great ways to support your student during the midterm exams.
Gearing up for Family Weekend: Join us to learn more about Family Weekend.

Gearing up for Spring
Thursday, October 29
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Pre-Registration is right around the corner! Is your student planning for next semester?

Home for the Holidays
Wednesday, November 11 
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
When your student comes home for the holidays, the dynamic in the family is likely to shift. Your student has been living on his or her own for a few months and has grown accustomed to some autonomy.

Finally Finals
Thursday, December 3 
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Finally the first finals: What are things you should be discussing with your students as they finish up their first semester at UF.

Final Check-in
Wednesday, December 9 
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
Checking in before heading home. Touch base with UF faculty and staff for tips on making your students time at home the best it can be.

Starting Fresh in 2016
Thursday, January 7 
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Starting fresh in 2015 Join us as we answer your questions about beginning a new semester and returning to campus.

Making the Grade
Wednesday, January 20 
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
Making the grade: learn tips to help your student remain academically successful and competitive.

Financial Aid Q&A
Thursday, February 4
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
Financial Aid Q&A: Now is the time to start thinking about financial aid for the upcoming year, join us as we discuss how to aid your student in this process.

Spring Break Safety
Wednesday, February 17
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
Spring Break safety.  How to help make sure your sons and daughters can have a safe and fun spring break.  Join us as we answer your questions.

Thinking Ahead
Thursday, March 10
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Helping students think ahead. Now that Spring Break has passed, it is time for students to start thinking about internships, advising appointments, and housing for the upcoming year.

Staying Motivated
Wednesday, March 23
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
Helping your students stay motivated is not always easy. Learn and discuss ways to help support your student during their academic experience.

Wrapping up the Semester
Thursday, April 7
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
Wrapping up the semester and preparing for finals.  We’ll answer your questions regarding finals, moving out of the residence halls, and preparing for summer break.

Miss a Family Chat? Interested in what UF Family Members have been chatting about? Then check out past Family Chat Conversations.

Family Chat Transcripts:

2015-2016 Academic Year

2014-2015 Academic Year