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Welcome Parents and Families!

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 your students. We offer Parents and Family Orientations simultaneously with the student orientation. This gives us an opportunity to welcome you and share information about academics, campus life and how to 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.  We've designed our parent checklist to help you keep track of all the important "to-do's" leading up to NSO.