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. Here is a schedule of events for your Orientation experience.

Day 1 only

Family Orientation Schedule

Time

Description

7:30-8:00AM

Arrive to campus, park and check-in at the Orientation Welcome Wagon

8:00 AM

New First Year Students & Family Members Check In at the Orientation Welcome Wagon; family members say goodbye to students & walk to the Campus Center

8:30 AM

 Our Family/University Partners  (Academic Deans, Program Directors & Student Affairs Staff)

9:30 AM

University Welcome & Orientation Staff Introduction

10:00 AM

The Five Changes for Families  Keynote speaker, Mr. Mike Weber

 11:00 AM

Coffee break

 11:45 – 1:00 PM

University Finance 101   Understand the FAFSA, Student Employment, paying your bill & more                                                                                                 

Or  Wellness and Your Student: Learn about our many support services, including Health, Counseling, Accommodations, & Spirituality                              

Or  Campus Services:  Meal Plans, Book Vouchers, Parking, Transportation 

Or Campus Safety              

Or Housing & Residential Education

Or The Secret to Successful Commuting

1:00 PM

Walk to Marketplace

1:00 PM

Family Orientation Lunch Take a break & enjoy lunch with the Family Orientation staff, Corsair-style in the Marketplace

2:00 PM

From Your Community to Ours                           

3:15 PM

Heart to Heart with the Orientation Leaders  & Student Affairs

4:15 PM

Wrap up, Questions & Evaluations

4:30 PM

Family Association and Athletics Coctail Hour

Costs

The standard family orientation fee is $30 per person or $50 for two. 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 fee causes a financial hardship, please contact our office to discuss possible solutions: 508.910.6497 or orientation@umassd.edu. 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.

Questions?

Family Orientation if your Student Missed June Orientation

Even if your Corsair missed the June On-campus Orientation session you are still invited to attend a brief Orientation session. on August 30, 2018. Your session begins at 8am and be free after 10:30am. We will have a family reception, university welcome, and a finance session for all family members, at no charge.

New first-year students: check-in at 8am and complete orientation by 3pm.


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 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.

Questions?

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