What parents and families can expect at Orientation

New Student Orientation is a program designed to answer all the key questions you have about the campus and what it means for your student to attend the University of Northern Colorado. During the program, you will:

  • Learn about the academic policies and expectations at Northern Colorado
  • Meet other parents of new students, upper-class students, university faculty and university staff
  • Learn about your student living on or off campus
  • Attend a variety of sessions on extracurricular activities available for your student and the benefits of your student getting involved on campus
  • Hear about course scheduling and the classes your student can expect their first semester
  • Be provided with a variety of materials to help you as you and the University work together to guide your student through their transition

For our freshmen sessions, one of the biggest things to expect is that students and parents are going through two separate programs. There are certain sessions where New Student Orientation and Parent Orientation overlap. These will include topics such as paying for college, getting started on campus, portions of the academic advising process, and a few of the meals.

During Transfer and Non-Traditional Student sessions, most of the schedule is together except for one breakout where students meet with other students in a small-group format while parents and family members learn about the transition to UNC from your perspective. Students will also be separate for the advising and class registration process while Parent Orientation participants can learn about Career Services and attend a Parent Forum.

We recommend talking with your student about the benefits of you as a parent attending Orientation. The decision is ultimately up to both of you and common deciding factors include: how comfortable the student is attending with or without the parent, financial responsibilities, schedule availability, and if the schedule looks beneficial to the parent.

Please understand that we do try not to repeat too much information from other campus events such as Preview Day, Admitted Students Day, and campus visits. While some helpful information may be repeated, we strive to present it in a different format and specifically for the student's support system.

Offices Represented at Orientation:

Note: we cannot guarantee that every office listed above will be at every session.

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