If your student is entering UMass in the fall, you are encouraged to our Transfer Family and Friends orientation, held on the same day as your student's orientation session.
Schedule of Events for Transfer Family and Friends Orientation
Orientation sessions begin at 8:00am and conclude in the late afternoon at 4:30pm. The program includes information sessions on a range of topics. Below is a sample of the sessions offered at our program in 2014. Families attending the program will receive a detailed schedule when they sign-in.
- An Academic Perspective
- Money Matters
- On and Off Campus Housing Information
- Campus Health and Wellness Panel
- Technology @ UMass Amherst
Summer Transfer Parent and Family Orientation Dates
Summer 2014 dates concluded on July 17. Summer 2015 dates will be available in February.
The cost of the one-day orientation is $50 per person. All participants, including any siblings who will join you, must be registered and pay the fee in order to attend the program. The $50 fee includes meals and program materials. Overnight accommodations are not included. Fees may be paid by credit card or check and are non-refundable.
Parents and families should arrange for their own accommodations, if you need to stay overnight. One option is Hotel UMass. You can contact the hotel directly at 1-877-822-2110 to make reservations or book online. Space is limited so please book early. Additional lodging information is available through the Office of Parent Services.
For some families, attending one of our Parents and Family Orientations may create a financial hardship. A limited amount of funding is available to assist families if this fee does pose a difficulty. If you wish to apply for a fee waiver for up to two attendees, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org before you register for the program. If approved, you will still be responsible for your own overnight accommodations. You should include your student’s name, ID#, and your name. Your student must have a FAFSA on file in order to be eligible for consideration.
Please note: Although a Kosher Meal Plan is offered to students during the academic year, kosher meals are not available at New Students Orientation or Parents and Family Orientation. Vegetarian options are available at every meal.
Summer Parent and Family Orientation Check-in
Check in for the Summer 2014 program takes place from 8:00 - 9:00 am in the Thompson Hall Lobby (lowrise, section). Coffee, juice, and refreshments will be served. Please park in the Campus Center Garage at One Campus Center Way. Parking will be validated at the conclusion of the program.