Frequently Asked Questions for Parents

Is Parent Orientation just for parents or can someone else attend?

Is Parent Orientation required?

How do I know what day to sign up for?

What if I cannot attend the same day as my student?

Where can I stay overnight?

Can I stay overnight with my student?

Can I attend the advising and registration session with my student?

Do I need to pay for parking?

What does the fee include?

What if I need to change or cancel my reservation?

Will I receive a confirmation of my reservation?

What should I bring with me?

Who do I contact for disability accommodations?

Will I have some time to visit campus offices?

I don't want to attend the program, where can I drop off and pick up my student?

Can I bring young children with me to Orientation?

Do you have a place I can feed my infant?

Is Parent Orientation just for parents or can someone else attend?
We realize that students have many other support systems (extended family member, spouse, friend and so on) that may want to attend and all are welcome. Keep in mind that we do not have programs designed for younger audiences. Bringing children is not recommended.
Is Parent Orientation required?
No, but it is highly encouraged. Parent Orientation will most benefit people who would like more information about their students' upcoming transition to UNC and college life and resources to help them support their student. We recommend looking at the schedule to see if it will benefit you and having a discussion with your student about attending.
How do I know what day to sign up for?
You will make a reservation for the same session as your student is attending. Your reservation will be attached to your student’s reservation in the orientation reservation system.
What if I cannot attend the same day as my student?
That is OK! Sometimes schedules just don't match up.  Because your reservation is tied to your student’s reservation, you will need to call us if you plan to attend a different session than your student.
Where can I stay overnight?
During the summer, there is an on-campus option that is a residence hall converted into hotel-like accommodations for various visitors to the campus. The room prices are typically cheaper than what you would pay at a hotel, but keep in mind that you could share common space (bathroom, lounge, etc) with other support people at Parent Orientation. Your student can register you for this option when they make their orientation reservation.
If you prefer to make an off-site hotel reservation or are visiting during the school year, there are many choices in Greeley, including several within 5 miles of campus. Visit our list of hotels for links to all of these choices.
Can I stay overnight with my student?
During summer sessions, freshman students stay in a residence hall together and are paired with other students attending orientation. We do not allow any guests to stay with the students for their safety, which includes parents, siblings, partners, and friends.
If your student is moving in to their residence hall (late August or January session) and you would like to stay with them, that will need to be decided between the roommates, as per the  housing policy. Please visit the housing website for more information on policies in the residence halls.
Can I attend the advising and registration session with my student?
Only students attend the advising and registration sessions. This is not only for the intentional independence of the students but also for room space capacity. We encourage students and parents to talk about the academic schedule before and after Orientation. Students are able to control their schedule once they are registered for classes; they are not locked into the schedule until the add/drop date.
Do I need to pay for parking?
No. Parking is free during your Orientation session at the University Center (between 10th and 11th Avenue on 20th Street) in either the north or south lots. There is no need to park anywhere else during Orientation, but if you wish to park somewhere else, you will need to buy a day pass from one of the daily parking dispensers.
What does the fee include?
Please visit our web page describing the cost and reservation details.
What if I need to change or cancel my reservation?
Reservations for a session can be changed or cancelled by having your student log in to their reservation with their username and password. Reservations will be locked 4 business days prior to the session at which time, changes or cancelation will no longer be able to be made.
Changes can be made at no extra cost and as many times as needed; however, there is a $5 non-refundable fee included in the payment at time of reservation.  You will receive a payment credit minus $5 if you cancel a reservation.
Will I receive a confirmation of my reservation?
You and your student will receive a confirmation email (you at the email listed during your student's online reservation while your student will receive the confirmation in their BearMail) and will include details confirming your reservation. We are happy to confirm your reservation over the phone or through email as well!
What should I bring with me?
We have a list of items that students should bring with them on the student pages but nothing is required of you. You should dress comfortably and wear shoes to walk in. We will provide handouts, a pen, and a bag to carry everything. Participants also like to shop at our coffee shops, convenience store, bookstore, etc in the University Center, so plan to bring a few extra dollars if you intend to shop.
Who do I contact for disability accommodations?
We are happy to answer questions about any accommodations you might need over the phone or by email. We cannot guarantee any services but will work with our partner offices to help accommodate your needs the best we can.
Will I have some time to visit campus offices?
We have a few hours blocked during Day One for you to visit campus offices, check into your overnight accommodations, shop at the bookstore, etc. If you are meeting with a campus office that requires your student's presence (such as Disability Support Services), please schedule those for after Orientation, as your student is required to attend all sessions.
I don't want to attend the program, where can I drop off and pick up my student?
You may drop your student off for check in at the University Center, which is on the corner of 10th Ave and 20th St. Students will be done after class registration and times will vary. We recommend picking up at 4:00pm at the University Center. Free parking is available at the University Center on both days for you to be with your student during check-in or while waiting to pick up.
Can I bring young children with me to Orientation?
We do not recommend bringing young children to Orientation sessions as we do not provide any programming options or daycare. If your only option is to bring any children, you can at no extra cost. You may pay for their lunch on your own at the entrance of the food court (follow the link for pricing).
Do you have a place I can feed my infant?
The University of Northern Colorado offers two Lactation Stations where mothers can feed their infants or express breastmilk in a private and quiet space.  The University Center, where the majority of orientation sessions are located, has a space on the 3rd floor, near the Panorama Room.  For more information, please contact the Women’s Resource Center at 351-1492 or check out their website at:  http://www.unco.edu/wrc/Breastfeeding.html

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