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 family members during 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.

Please click on the tabs above for more specific information about Family Orientation. Please also visit our Overnight Options for Parents webpage for information about staying overnight on or off campus.

Freshman Family Orientation:

Freshman Family Orientation is a two day program that runs concurrently but separately from the Freshman Student Orientation program. Freshman family members will attend a variety of information sessions on topics including: academic environment and academic support programs, on-campus living, counseling and health services, financial aid and billing, and information from the Parent Liaison. Freshman family members will also participate in a walking tour of the UAlbany campus, a bus tour of the city of Albany, and a family reception at Casey stadium. Current UAlbany students will serve as Family Leaders to guide you throughout the entire Orientation program.

Students should register family members during Orientation registration. There is a Freshman Family Orientation fee of $65/family that can be paid along with the student Orientation fee during registration. Family members should also provide an email address in the Orientation registration to receive a confirmation email that includes a map, parking pass, and important details about the program.

Transfer Family Orientation:

Transfer family members are welcome to attend Family Orientation that is concurrent with Transfer Advisement. 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. There will also be two optional tours during Transfer Advisement: a walking tour of the UAlbany campus and a bus tour to Alumni Quad during which you will be able to view a sample suite on Alumni Quad.

Students should register family members during Orientation registration. There is a Transfer Family Orientation fee of $25/family that can be paid along with the student Orientation fee during registration. Family members should also provide an email address in the Orientation registration to receive a confirmation email that includes a map, parking pass, and important details about the program.

Please note that Transfer Family Orientation is concurrent with Transfer Advisement. There is not a family program during Transfer Orientation on August 26th.

 

 

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!