Family Orientation

Now that your student is a Corsair, you, too, are part of the UMass Dartmouth family. We look forward to meeting you at Family Orientation: a one-day program that runs concurrently with New Student Orientation.

The program begins at 8:30am on Day 1 of your student's session (check-in is at 8am) and ends at 5pm.

Find your student's orientation session

Sign up for your Family Orientation session

At Family Orientation, you'll learn about university programs, procedures, and policies—as well as the many resources and services that UMass Dartmouth has to offer.

  • Morning check-in—after you drop off your student—with coffee and snacks
  • Welcome from senior university officials
  • Nationally known keynote speaker on "The Five Changes for Families" regarding successful college transition
  • Remarks from your student's college dean or academic program director
  • Catered lunch with your student's college dean, faculty and staff
  • Raffles throughout the day with UMassD-themed prizes
  • Info on such topics as health, financial aid, career development, community expectations, counseling, and internships
  • Campus tours and time to visit offices to complete individual campus errands
  • A "Heart-to-Heart" talk with student Orientation Leaders


The standard family orientation fee is $50 per person. This fee applies to each guest attending the Family Orientation program. The fee covers the cost of programming, meals, speakers, and activities. While younger children may accompany family members, there will be no separate programs or accommodations for them.

New Student Orientation is required for all incoming students, but Family Orientation is not mandatory.

If the $50 fee causes a financial hardship, please contact our office to discuss possible solutions: 508.910.6497 or If you want to attend Family Orientation, then we will work hard to make that happen.

Local lodging

If you'd like to find local lodging following Day 1 of the program, please check with our hotel partners, who will be offering special rates for Family Orientation participants. We'll also share with you some special deals available at local restaurants.

What to bring

Be sure to pack comfortable clothes and walking shoes, your questions, and your sense of humor. Your Orientation Leaders have some wonderful things planned. Be ready for icebreakers and other surprises.

Please note

If your student has a placement test on the morning of Orientation, s/he must check in for Orientation first. We'll transport students to placement testing after they check in.

You do not need a campus parking decal to participate in Family Orientation.