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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 two-day program that runs concurrently with New Student Orientation.

  • Begins at 9am on Day 1 of your student's session (check in is at 8am)
  • Ends at approximately 12 noon on Day 2 of the session

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 continental breakfast
  • Welcome from senior university officials
  • Remarks from your student's college dean or academic program director
  • Catered lunch
  • Info on such topics as health, financial aid, community expectations, and counseling
  • On- and off-campus tours
  • A "Heart-to-Heart" talk with student Orientation Leaders
  • Wine, beer and cheese reception with faculty and staff
  • Catered dinner followed by "Greedy Bingo" with UMassD-themed prizes
  • Evening hospitality lounge: TV, wireless access, snacks, cash bar
  • Optional overnight on campus; or you may chose to go home or stay in the area—and return for Day 2 programming


The standard family orientation fee is $75 per person. This fee applies to all guests who are attending the Family Orientation program. The fee covers the cost of programming, meals, speakers, and evening 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.

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, bingo, and other surprises.

Please note

You will not see your student after morning drop-off on Day 1 until the morning of Day 2. 

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.