Parent/Guardian Orientation Program – Mid-May through Mid-July ONLY

Each summer, Parent/Guardian Orientation offers an opportunity to learn about the exciting new experiences that await your son or daughter as they enter the University of Connecticut! The Parent/Guardian orientation program is not mandatory for parent/guardians to attend.  The program provides valuable information on the University, its services, and the college transition process for students.  Parents have commented on our orientation evaluations that attending the program was time well spent.  Others commented that they learned a lot about the University, its staff and services.

Parent/Guardian Orientation programs are completely separate from your student’s orientation program.

By attending Parent/Guardian Orientation, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of the resources available to UConn students and parents
  • Feel more connected to the University
  • Be better prepared to support and empower your son/daughter
  • Understand the University’s academic expectations
For parents and guardians of UConn freshmen (Two-Day Program offered from Mid-May through Mid-July only.) The Parent/Guardian Orientation program is held during the first day of each Freshman Orientation for Fall Admits program, and includes several informative sessions and an information fair. An optional second day of the program includes a variety of guided campus tours and additional sessions presented by specific departments.  Sessions on the first day of Parent Orientation are different than sessions presented on the second day.

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS ARE NOT PROVIDED FOR PARENTS. Parents who wish to stay overnight need to make their own arrangements.  See the Accommodations section of this website for suggested places to stay.

2017 Sample Schedule for the Freshmen Parent Program will be available shortly
Parents and guardians of transfer students (One-Day Program offered from Mid-May through Mid-July only.) attend sessions on student services, student transition, an information fair, a student panel and optional campus tour.  A copy of the Transfer Parent Orientation dates can be found on the transfer  Orientation schedule.   Transfer parent Orientation occurs on the same dates as the transfer student Orientation program.

For Parents/Guardians of new international students attending the August International Orientation ProgramThere is no Parent/Guardian Orientation Program offered in August.   The Parent/Guardian Orientation program is offered during the Mid-May through Mid-July Orientation period only.

For Parents/Guardians of new students entering UConn in the Spring (January).There is no Parent/Guardian Orientation Program offered in January for the spring semester.  The Parent/Guardian Orientation program is offered during the Mid-May through Mid-July Orientation period only.

2017 Sample Schedule for the Transfer Parent Program will be available shortly

Note: The Parent/Guardian Orientation program is for adults only. The content of the parent sessions is directed toward adults. Please make child-care arrangements, if needed.

Cost to Attend

The cost of Parent/Guardian Orientation is $40 per person. The orientation charge is non-refundable.

Orientation Services strongly recommends that reservations for Parent/Guardian Orientation be made through your student’s online orientation reservation to guarantee your spot at orientation.

On-site registration for Parent/Guardian Orientation is available as long as the maximum capacity for the session has not been reached.  On-site registration is located in the Student Union until 8:45 a.m. each morning a session begins.

For more information on why there is a charge for orientation, please visit our FAQs.

The Orientation charge pays for:

  • Lunch on Day 1
  • Program materials
  • Parking
  • Staffing
  • Programmatic and administrative costs

Overnight accommodations for parents ARE NOT included in the parent charge. Please visit our Travel & Directions page for more information on options for staying overnight if you need to.

Payment Options:

All forms of payment must be from a United States affiliated bank.

There are three options for payment:

  1. Credit Card – online – through the orientation portal. Orientation Services accepts: Mastercard, Visa, Discover, American Express, Diners Club
  2. Check or money order – mailed/postal service – all checks and money orders need to be made out to the “University of Connecticut.” For our mailing address, please visit our Contact Us page. A $25 fee will be charged for returned checks.
  3. Online Home Bill Pay – If you do your banking electronically, you can make payments directly to UConn through your own bank’s online bill paying system! Set up UConn the same way you would any other payee.

Sign Up

Sign up for the Parent/Guardian Orientation program is included in the online reservation form when your son or daughter signs up for the Freshman Orientation or Transfer Orientation program. The $40 Parent/Guardian Orientation per person charge will be added to your son or daughter’s Orientation charge.

On-site registration for Parent/Guardian Orientation is $40 per person. The Office of Orientation Services prefers that parents and guardians  make reservations using the online Orientation reservation system due to room and lunch capacity limitations.

Confirming Your Session

If your son or daughter submitted an email address on your behalf as part of their reservation form, an email confirmation will be sent almost instantaneously after their reservation has been submitted. This email verifies that you are “confirmed” for the session indicated on your confirmation. Any changes made to orientation dates after the confirmation email is sent can incur rescheduling fees, regardless of whether the orientation charge has been paid.

Contact the Office of Orientation Services at (860) 486-4866 if you haven’t received your email confirmation within 24 hours of your student submitting their online Orientation reservation.

Do not make any travel arrangements until you receive an email from the Office of Orientation Services confirming your assigned Orientation session.

Rescheduling a Confirmed Session

With your student: If your student is requesting to reschedule his/her Orientation session, and you wish to reschedule your session as well, please make sure your student reschedules both of your sessions. Attendees of the parent/guardian orientation program are not automatically changed with their student. For more information about the process for changing sessions, please visit our FAQs

Without your student: Parents and guardians may ask their student to log into their reservation to reschedule their assigned Parent/Guardian Orientation session. There is no rescheduling fee for Parent/Guardian Orientation session changes. For more information about the process for rescheduling sessions, please visit our FAQs.

Parent/Guardian(s) of Spring Admits

Please note that Parent/Guardian Orientation is offered only during the summer months. There is no Parent/Guardian Orientation program in January. If your student will be entering the University for the spring semester, you are still welcome to attend the Parent/Guardian Orientation program during the summer. For more information, contact the Orientation Office.