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Family Orientation

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General Information about Family Orientation

Whether your student is the first in the family to go to college, or the fifth, we have something for everyone in our Family Orientation program! We offer a two-day program that runs concurrently with the New Student program, therefore please note that you will not see your student after morning drop-off on Day 1 until the Day 2 session at 10:00am in the Auditorium. 

 Here's what parents and families have to say about previous UMass Dartmouth Family Orientation Programs:

"I would highly recommend that every parent experience this. You all were great!"

"Thank you for an enjoyable experience!"

"The staff and student leaders were all very helpful!" 

"I was very impressed with all of the folks involved and the opportunities to learn about the school. Great job! I have 2 others in college and this was the best orientation I have been to!!"


The program begins at 9:00 AM on Day 1 of your student's session and will end at approximately 3:00 PM on Day 2 of the session. 
* please note that if your student has a placement test on the morning of Orientation, s/he must check-in for OrientationFIRST.  We will then transport students needing placement tests to the testing location directly after they check-in.

Check-In/Registration begins at 8:30 AM.  A light continental breakfast offering will be available at check-in, however, you are encouraged to eat breakfast before arriving. The morning's activities include a University Welcome, remarks from your student's Academic College Dean, or Program Director, followed by lunch in the Marketplace. Programs for families run throughout the afternoon on such topics as Health, Counseling Services, Financial Aid, Community Expectations, a "Heart-to-Heart" talk with student Orientation Leaders, and a wine, beer & cheese reception with faculty & staff.  The Day 1 program concludes with a catered dinner, "Greedy Bingo" with UMD themed prizes, and an evening hospitality lounge with television, wireless access, snacks and a cash bar.  

Now that your student is a Corsair, you too are part of the UMass Dartmouth family.  We look forward to meeting you! 

New Student June Orientation (Part I) has several sessions. Students are assigned sessions alphabetically by their last name, as well as by their college. The dates below are the new student orientation dates for 2014. Please click on the session your student will be attending to register for Family Orientation.

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Session I: June 9th and 10th

Charlton College of Business  - all majors

Session II: June 12th and 13th

College of Nursing - all majors
College of Engineering - all majors

Session III: June 16th and 17th

College of Arts & Sciences
          Arts & Sciences Undeclared major
          Science majors in Biology (BIO), Chemistry (CHM), Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS), Mathematics (MTH)

Session IV: June 19th and 20th

College of Arts & Sciences
          Liberal Arts major
          Humanities & Social Science majors: Crime and Justice Studies (CJS), Economics (ECO), English (ENL), French (FRN),
          History (HST), Philosophy (PHL), Portuguese (POR), Political Science (PSC), Psychology (PSY), Sociology (SOC),
          Spanish (SPA), Women's Studies (WMS)

Session V: June 23rd and 24th

College of Visual and Performing Arts - all majors

College Now/START


Frequently Asked Questions about Family Orientation

What is Orientation all about? 
Orientation is designed to ease you through the beginning steps of your student entering college.  Through workshops, presentations, and small group discussions, we hope to make the beginning of your student’s college career exciting and successful.  You will learn firsthand about University policies, procedures, and programs, as well as what resources and services UMass Dartmouth has to offer.  By the time you leave campus, you will know more about UMass, how to navigate the resources we offer, and will develop relationships with other families for the upcoming school year.

What will Orientation cost?
The standard family orientation fee is $75.00 per person. This fee applies to all guests who are attending the Family Orientation program. The fee covers the cost of program features, meals, speakers, and evening activities. While younger children may accompany family members, there will be no separate programs or accommodations for them. Family Orientation is not mandatory. However, Student Orientation is mandatory for all incoming students. Attending Family Orientation will help ease families through the beginning of your student’s college career.

What should I bring with me?
Orientation is both informal and enjoyable. You should bring casual clothes, comfortable walking shoes, your questions, a good sense of humor, and everything you would need for an overnight stay. To see what your student should plan to bring, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Is Family Orientation fun?
Of course! We understand that you need to enjoy this experience as much as your students will. Your orientation leaders are excited to meet you and have some wonderful things planned for your time here. Be ready for icebreakers, bingo, and many other surprises.



If you have any other questions about orientation, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.






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