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?
Because most students bring a parent with them to Orientation, the program is titled as such. However, we realize that other support systems (extended family member, spouse, friend and so on) may want to attend and therefore, anyone can attend. We partner with Conference Services and anyone registering for Parent Orientation is considered a "guest" to the student.
Keep in mind that we do not have programs designed for younger audiences. Bringing children is not recommended.
Is Parent Orientation required?
No. Parent Orientation will most benefit participants who have not visited the campus before, have any unanswered questions, and/or would like more information about their students' upcoming transition to UNC and college life. We recommend looking at the schedule to see if it will benefit you and have a discussion with your student about the benefit.
How do I know what day to sign up for?
When you follow the link to the Parent Orientation reservation site (to Conference Services), you will see a list of dates to choose from, which are the same for students. Be sure to talk to your student about what dates work best and if they've already signed up for a date. You will attend orientation on the same dates.
What if I cannot attend the same day as my student?
That is OK! Some times schedules just don't match up. Unless it is noted in your student's reservation, we may contact you and/or your student to make sure you intended on signing up for different dates.
Where can I stay overnight?
During the summer, there is an on-campus option called Summer Visitor Housing. This 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 may share common space (bathroom, lounge, etc) with other guests.
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, 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 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 (see page 18).
Can I attend the advising and registration session with my student?
We ask that only students attend the advising and registration sessions. This is not only for the intentional independence of the students but also for room space. 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 or from Parking Services in Gray Hall.
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 calling or emailing the Orientation office. We will communicate the change to Conference Services, who handles the reservations, and that office will email you a confirmation.
Changes can be made at no cost and as many times as needed; however, there is a $5 non-refundable fee included in the payment at time of reservation. In other words, you will receive a payment credit minus $5 if you cancel a reservation.
We can change your reservation as well as the student reservation at the same time. The student will receive a confirmation from us in their BearMail account, you will receive an email confirmation from Conference Services to the email provided at the time of your reservation.
Will I receive a confirmation of my reservation?
The final screen of the reservation process will be your confirmation of 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 comfortable and wear shoes to walk in; sunscreen, bug spray, and an umbrella may also be helpful depending on the weather. 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.
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.
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 or near Wiebking Hall, which is on the corner of 10th Ave and 20th St. Students will be done on Day Two 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, they are certainly welcome and we will not charge any 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 our website at:  http://www.unco.edu/wrc/Breastfeeding.html

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