Family and Guests Ready for the U Registration

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

We hope you will attend Ready for the U and we look forward to partnering with you to support your student’s transition into UMass. The information below will introduce you to Ready for the U and get you started.

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

 

Sessions Overview: Ready for the U is structured to provide parents, family members, and supporters increased flexibility to access information. It consists of two options with two main components:


Option 1 (on campus)

a)    Guide to the U: All new students are required to review the content of this web-based interactive guide, which they can access now 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 of this web-based guide is new students, but you’ll find a few slides throughout tailored just for family members.

b)    Two-day OR One-day On Campus Ready for the U: Family members are invited to attend one of our On Campus Ready for the U sessions. You’ll have opportunities to interact with department 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. Note: First year sessions are two days while transer sessions are one day.


Option 2 (online)

a)    Guide to the U: All new students are required to review the content of this web-based interactive guide, which they can access now 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 are better equipped to support their college journey and refer them to appropriate resources should the need arise. NOTE: The primary audience of this web-based guide is 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 are invited to attend our full-day Ready for the U session via Zoom. You’ll have opportunities to interact with department 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

  • 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 remote 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


 Summer 2022 Ready for the U Session Dates & Times 

Summer Ready for the U occurs during the months of June 13 and July 20. 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. Times vary depending on session's type (see below):

  • First Year On Campus - 10 am (day 1) - 4:45 pm (day two)
  • Transfer On Campus - 8:30 am - 6 pm
  • First Year and Transfer Online - 8 am - 2 pm


Schedule

The complete schedule will be available in the My UMass App in June and July. The links below are example schedules. Final session details including information on check-in locations, parking, and more will be shared in an email reminder one week before your session. 

Ready for the U Registration Fee

  • On Campus Two-day Ready for the U: $100 per person (not including children under 9 years old)
  • On Campus One-day Ready for the U: $50 per person (not including children under 9 years old)
  • Online Ready for the U: Free of charge (sessions will be recorded)

Note: 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 are welcome to stay at Hotel UMass, on campus traditional housing, 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 umassparents@umass.edu 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. They are responsible for adding your name and email address when they register for a session. From there, you will receive a unique code prompting you to complete your own registration. Please note that the email invitation you will receive does not confirm your registration. 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. Be sure to discuss family Ready for the U and session dates with your student if you plan to attend. 

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