Family and Guests Ready for the U Registration

Ready for the U: Welcome Parents, Families, Guardians, and Supporters!

We look forward to partnering with you to support your student’s transition into UMass. Use the information below to inform your participation in your student's New Student Experience, especially Ready for the U. 

Program Overview | Dates | Registration Fee | Register for Ready for the U
 

Overview: Information about supporting your student is available through both Guide to the U and Ready for the U. We offer two modalities to provide parents, family members, and supporters increased flexibility to access information. 

Fall 2023

Option 1 (on campus)

a)    Guide to the U: All new students are required to review the content of this interactive, online guide, which they can access beginning on April 3 and continue to use until graduation. The guide introduces students to the programs, services, and resources available to them at the university and offers a checklist and personalized list of links to the areas that new students want to know more about. As a family member, you will have guest access so that you can see what information and resources are being shared with students and so you will be better equipped to support their college journey and refer them to appropriate resources should the need arise. NOTE: The primary audience for Guide to the U is our new students, but you’ll find a few slides throughout tailored just for family members.

b)    On Campus Ready for the U: Each student can invited up to two family members to attend our On Campus Ready for the U sessions. If invited, you will need to register after your student registers. During on-campus Ready for the U, registered guests have opportunities to interact with university staff and current students and identify personal strategies and behaviors that support your student’s overall success as they transition to the UMass community. Students and families attend several sessions together. Please note that capacity is limited for our on-campus session and not every family member will be able to select an on-campus session. Please make sure your student, and then you register early if you want to attend on-campus. 

On-Campus Ready for the U is offered in 2-day and 1-day formats. 


Option 2 (online)

a)    Guide to the U: All new students are required to review the content of this interactive, online guide, which they can access beginning on April 3 and continue to use until graduation. The guide introduces students to the programs, services, and resources available to them at the university and offers a checklist and personalized list of links to the areas that new students want to know more about. As a family member, you will have guest access so that you can see what information and resources are being shared with students and so you will be better equipped to support their college journey and refer them to appropriate resources should the need arise. NOTE: The primary audience for Guide to the U is our new students, but you’ll find a few slides throughout tailored just for family members.

b)    One-day Online Ready for the U: Family members who are unable to participate in our On-campus Ready for the U may be invited to attend our full-day Ready for the U session via Zoom. If invited, you will need to register after your student registers. During Online Ready for the U, registered guests have opportunities to interact with university staff and current students and identify personal strategies and behaviors that support your student’s overall success as they transition to the UMass community. Students and families attend several sessions together.

Guest Access for Guide to the U

Starting on April 3, 2023 for supporters of students admitted for Fall 2023:

  • Click the Create New Guest Account button on the guest login page https://orientation.umass.edu/?page=guest
  • Complete the required fields including setting your own password for that site. 
  • Under Guest Type select Family Member
  • Click the Create New Account Button
  • Remember your email and the password you choose as you will use this to log-in again any time you return to the Guide to the U
  • Your Guide to the U guest account is not tied to your student's account and you may see content that does not apply to your student (ex. transfer specific pages when your student is a first-year and vice versa).
  • Note: students do not log in through the Guest page and instead authenticate into Guide to the U using their UMass Amherst IT account credentials.

What Does Ready for the U Cover?

Ready for the U for parents and family members is an on-campus OR online experience where you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about a variety of student services, including academics, housing, dining, student health, diversity and inclusion, campus safety, and more to support your student throughout their college career
  • Meet university staff and become acquainted with their roles in the university community and their contributions to student learning and development
  • Meet current students and find out their perspectives on life as a student at UMass
  • Learn about the many ways parents, family, and supporters can contribute to the adjustment and achievement of a student, as well as the transition you will experience at home


 2023 Ready for the U Session Dates

Ready for the U takes place from June 14 - July 31. You will see the dates you're eligible to register for when you log into the registration site. Available dates vary based on your student's admit type (first-year or transfer), primary school/college, and overall capacity. 

Schedule

The complete schedule will be available in the My UMass App in June. 

Ready for the U Registration Fee

  • On-Campus One-day Ready for the U:
    • Two Day Session: $100 per person
    • One Day Session: $50 per person 
  • Online Ready for the U: Free of charge (sessions will be recorded)

Notes:

  • Registration fees for on-campus Ready for the U sessions are non-refundable.
  • The registration fee does not include overnight accommodations. Parents, families, and supporters attending the On Campus Ready for the U and planning to stay overnight need to make their own overnight lodging arrangements. Guests can make a reservation to stay at Hotel UMass or off campus for an additional charge. Please visit Overnight Accommodations for more information.

Financial Assistance 
Fee reductions or waivers that reduce the cost of attending Ready for the U are available for families whose students have demonstrated financial need. Please email newstudent@umass.edu to determine if your student is eligible. 

Register for Ready for the U

Your student has the option to invite up to two family members to attend Ready for the U. Be sure to discuss family Ready for the U and session dates with your student if you are interested in attending and need an invitation link. Registration is a 4 step process. 

1. Your student will register for Ready for the U. They are responsible for selecting which guests to invite and adding your name and email address when they register for their Ready for the U.

2. If your student invites you, you will receive a unique link and registration code prompting you to complete your own registration. Please note that the email invitation you will receive does not register you for Ready for the U.

3. Each invitation code allows that guest to complete a unique registration. Unfortunately, only one transaction per code can be completed and each guest needs to register seperately with their own code. 

4. You must complete the registration separately from your student. You are encouraged, but not required to sign up for the same session date as your student. 

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