Parents and Family
We know that the start of college is an exciting time not only for new students, but also for their parents and family. Whether it’s the first or fifth family member to take this step, each time is different, and families have many hopes, concerns, and questions about embarking on a career at UMass Amherst.
The New Students Orientation staff is eager to make this transition as easy for you as it is for our students. We offer Parents and Family Orientations simultaneously with the student orientation. This gives us an opportunity to welcome you and to make sure you learn as much as possible about academics and campus life, the Pioneer Valley, and how you can best support your student.
Our goal is to answer all of your questions and give you the resources you need to help make your student’s transition as smooth as possible.
Winter Parents and Family Orientation
Parents and family of new students have a day long program that runs concurrent with the student orientation session.
The one day orientation includes information sessions on a range of topics. You’ll be able to meet staff and administrators, and learn about campus and residential life, student support services, money matters, and academic expectations and opportunities. The cost of the orientation is $50 per person.
For some families, attending one of our Parents and Family Programs may create a financial hardship. If you wish to apply for a waiver, please email us at email@example.com. You should include your student’s name, ID#, and your name. Please note that you must have a FAFSA on file in order to be eligible for consideration.
Winter Orientation Dates: