Winter First-Year Families

First-Year and Stockbridge Parents and Family Orientation

If your student is entering UMass in the spring, you are encouraged to attend Parents and Family Orientation, a day long program that runs concurrently with your student's Winter NSO session.

The one day orientation includes information sessions on a range of topics. You’ll meet faculty, staff, and administrators, and learn about academic expectations, campus and residential life, student support services, financial aid and opportunities for student involvement.  The cost of the orientation is $50 per person. Fees may be paid by credit card Only and are non-refundable.

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 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.

 2020-21 Winter Parent and Family Orientation Dates

 More specific information about Winter NSO dates will be available later this fall.


Information about Winter NSO 2020-21 registration will be available in mid-November.

 Schedule of Events

Winter Parent and Family Orientation sessions begin at 8:30 AM and conclude around 5:00 PM. The program includes information sessions on a range of topics. Below is a sample of the sessions offered at our parents and family program.  Parents and families attending the program will receive a detailed schedule when they sign-in.

  • 8:15 - 9 AM Parent Check-in & Resource Fair
  • Welcome
  • An Academic Perspective
  • Money Matters
  • Campus Health and Wellness Panel
  • Lunch
  • Living at UMass
  • Working Together for Your Student’s Safety: Creating a Safe and Caring Community
  • Campus Tour (optional)