If your student is entering UMass in the fall, you are encouraged to attend 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 in the morning and conclude in the late afternoon. The program includes information sessions on a range of topics. Below is a sample of the sessions offered at our program in 2019. Families attending the program in Summer 2020 will receive a detailed schedule when they sign-in.
- An Academic Perspective
- Money Matters
- Campus Health & Wellness
- Living at UMass
- Working Together for Your Student’s Safety: Creating a Safe and Caring Community
- Technology at UMass Amherst
- Walking Tours
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 ONLY and are non-refundable.
Parents, families, and caregivers 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.
Because our programs are over for the summer, registration is now closed.
Summer Parent and Family Orientation Check-in
Check in usually starts at 8:00 am.