Online Family Orientation

Instructions: Orientation materials will be available anytime between June and September. We suggest that you review the entire content, PowerPoints, and videos below (by clicking on each link) in the order they are presented, however, you may stop and start the orientation at any time. You will be able to pick up where you left off when you return. If you are unable to access any of the information, links, or videos, please contact us.

Disclaimer: Please understand that this is a very fluid situation. Answers we may have given you before through these recordings (including dates) may have been modified. 

Online Orientation Agenda

Welcome | Academic Perspective | Money Matters | Eating at UMass | Living at UMass | Health and Wellbeing | Safety | Fall Transition | Additional Information

Welcome – Introductions from Campus Leadership and the UMass Amherst Parent Advisory Council

Academic Perspective – A faculty member discusses what students need to do to succeed academically at UMass. (View Academic Perspective Q&A Recording!)

Money Matters – One of the best ways to support your student is to be aware of what is involved in the process of paying for school. After reviewing this session, you will better understand the billing cycle, payment options, financial aid options, and important deadlines. (View Money Matters Q&A Recording!)

Eating at UMass – Award-Winning UMass Dining discusses meal plan options, special diets, student jobs/internships and a look into our modified fall 2020 operation. (View Eating at UMass Q&A Recording!)

Living at UMass – University staff partner with you to guide and assist your student in their educational journey. Representatives from Residence Education and Residential Life Student Services outline campus resources and community expectations and discuss support for you and your student as they settle into their new living environment. (View Living at UMass Q&A Recording!)

Campus Health and Wellbeing – Your student’s health and wellbeing is a priority at UMass Amherst. University Health Services (UHS), the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH), and Disability Services give an overview of the services they provide and talk about wellbeing and resilience and what you should know to keep your student healthy,

Safety – A discussion about alcohol/drug use and student safety with staff from the UMass Police Department, Student Conduct and Compliance, Off Campus Student Center, and the Center for Health Promotion.

Fall 2020 Move-In: Everything You Need to Know  - The fall 2020 semester will be different than any semester on campus in recent memory and that starts with Move-In. View the PowerPoint to gain an understanding of what students should bring to campus, the steps they need to take prior to Move-In and what to expect on Move-In Day. Join us for a Q&A session after as we answer more detailed questions about Move-In.

Additional Information

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