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 conference registration. This helps us plan for the event, but it is not a formal commitment. On the first day of conference check-in, all guests' attendance will be confirmed and the guest fee will be placed on the student's account accordingly. Family members and guests are welcome at all conferences and, if attending, will follow a separate schedule of events.

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. Friends or siblings are not allowed to accompany students.

Freshmen Family Orientation:

Family Orientation programs are offered at the same time as the Student Orientations held throughout the summer.  The Family Orientation is completely separate from the Student Orientation and there will be no time for parents and students to meet during the programs.  Both programs conclude at 3:00 pm on the second day.  Parents and families that wish to stay overnight must make their own accommodations. 

Please note that both the Student and Parent Orientation programs are two day events.  For information about on or off accommodations in the UAlbany area please visit our Overnight Options for Parents page.

Remember: Students are housed the night of their orientation on campus with their Orientation Assistant and other incoming freshmen as part of the student fee.  

Tentative schedule:

Day-1
10:00 am       Check In, State Quad
10:45 am       Family Orientation begins
11:00 am       Overview of Family Programs
11:15 am       Undergraduate Education & Academic Services
12:30 pm       Lunch, State Quad Dining Hall
01:45 pm       Student Life
02:00 pm       Student Health & Wellness
03:00 pm       Bus Tour of the City of Albany
04:15 pm       Shuttle Bus to Empire Commons

Day-2
08:45 am        Money Matters
09:15 am        Resource Fair
10:00 am       Transitions: Your Student and Your Family
11:00 am       Community Rights & Responsibility
11:30 am       Campus Tour
12:30 pm       Lunch, State Quad Dining Hall
01:45 pm       Study Abroad
02:00 pm       Residential Life
02:30 pm       What Comes Next
03:00 pm       Meet your Student
03:20 pm       Shuttle to Bus & Train Stations

More Infromation:

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 Parents

Information about Freshmen Student Orientation.

Transfer Family Orientation:

Family Orientation programs are offered at the same time as the Student Orientations held throughout the summer. The Family Orientation is completely separate from the Student Orientation and there will be no time for parents and students to meet during the programs. Both programs conclude approximately between 3:00 and 5:00 pm depending on the amount of time need to complete advisement and other optional tasks.

Tentative Schedule:

08:30 am       Check In
09:00 am       Academic Welcome
09:30 am       Resource Fair
10:00 am       Family Programs at UAlbany
10:15 am       Advising PLUS
10:30 am       Career Services Center
10:45 am       Health & Wellness

12:30 - 1:30 pm       Campus Tour
01:00 - 2:00 pm       New Student Meet & Greet
01:30 - 2:00 pm       Money Matters, Student Accounts & Financial Aid
02:00 - 2:15 pm       Residential Life
02:30 - 3:30 pm       Campus Tour
02:30 - 3:30 pm       Bus Tour to Alumni Quad Residential Living Area

More Infromation:

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!