Family Orientation

The University at Albany embraces families and parents as partners in support of our students’ successful journey through college. It is in this spirit that family members and guardians are welcome to attend Family Orientation. Students attending a New Student Orientation should register expected guests at the time of the Orientation Registration. There is also a Family Orientation fee that can be paid during registration. Family Orientation is separate but concurrent with the student program.

Family Orientation offers the opportunity to learn more about the University, its staff, facilities, services and resources available to incoming students. Typical topics include: discussions of the academic environment including academic advising and academic support services, residential life, financial, counseling and health services, and opportunities for leadership and social interaction. Because of the nature of the program, it is not appropriate for anyone except family members, parents/guardians or spouses to attend as a guest.

Freshman Family Orientation:

Family members and guests are welcome to attend New Student Orientation. Typical topics covered are: academic environment and academic support programs, on-campus living, counseling and health services, financial aid and billing, and information from the Parent Liaison. Students should register expected guests on the Orientation registration.

Family members will follow a separate schedule of events. Because of the nature of the program, it is not appropriate for anyone except family members, parent/guardians or spouses to attend as a guest.

Transfer Family Orientation:

Family Orientation programs are offered at the same time as the Student Orientations held throughout the summer. The Family Orientation is separate from the Student Orientation. Both programs conclude approximately between 2:00 and 4:00 pm depending on the amount of time need to complete advisement and other optional tasks.

More Information:

More details about attending Orientation will be provided on the Welcome Website, and in the confirmation emails sent after students register fro their Orientation.

Overnight Options for Students & Parents

Information about Transfer Student Orientation.



Families attending Orientation should bring:

  1. Weather Appropriate Clothing - Informal, comfortable, and weather appropriate clothing
  2. Comfortable Shoes - A significant amount of walking is necessary to participate in the program
  3. Temporary Parking Permit - Display this on your dashboard if you plan to park on campus, provided in your student's Orientation Confirmation Materials  
  4. Campus Map - Provided in your student's Orientation Confirmation Materials
  5. Lodging & Meals are not included in the Family Orientation fee.  Meals will be available in campus dining facilities if you wish to purchase them.  Overnight options for parents in the Albany area can be found here.
  6. Your Questions and Enthusiasm!