Frequently Asked Questions for Transfer and Non-Traditional Students
I've been admitted to UNC. What do I do now?
What does it mean to be a non-traditional student?
Am I required to attend New Student Orientation?
How much does it cost?
What happens if I cannot attend the full day of my Orientation session?
Can I stay overnight before or after my session?
Do my parents have to attend Orientation with me?
When will I sign up for classes?
I am out of town this summer, what should I do?
What if I am not a Colorado resident?
Do I need to purchase a parking permit before arriving at Orientation?
During Orientation, will I be able to see the room I am assigned to in the fall?
What if I need to change or cancel my reservation?
Can I bring young children with me to Orientation?
Do you have a place I can feed my infant?
- I've been admitted to UNC. What do I do now?
- You must make a reservation on our web site to be able to choose an orientation date. Reservations cannot be accepted over the phone. Undergrduate Admissions also provides a helpful checklist for admitted transfer students.
- What does it mean to be a non-traditional student?
- Typically, "non-traditional" refers to students 25 years of age or older. If this applies to you, you were automatically directed to the Transfer & Non-Traditional Orientation for your reservation. However, if you consider yourself a non-traditional student (such as: you have dependents, are a military veteran, etc.), please contact our office to discuss your Orientation options.
- Am I required to attend New Student Orientation?
- Transfer students are not required to attend an orientation, but it is highly recommended. Orientation is the most convenient way to learn about UNC as well as meet with an advisor and register for classes. Otherwise, you will need to make an appointment with someone from your department on your own, which can be difficult due to busy faculty and advisor schedules.
- How much does it cost?
- Orientation fees are folded into the Student Success Fee that is paid in the fall. That fee covers other important student service areas such as tutoring for the entire time the student is at UNC, the first year Common Book Program and associated activities, and supplemental programs, such as undergraduate research.
- What happens if I cannot attend the full day of my Orientation session?
- It is best to find a date when you can attend the full day. However, if you need to miss some of the session, you can check in any time and we will point you in the right direction as best we can.
- Can I stay overnight before or after my session?
- During the summer, students who arrive early or need to stay after orientation has ended are eligible to stay in the University's Summer Visitor Housing (at the cost of the student) and can be arranged by calling 970-351-4070 or online. If you prefer to stay off campus or are coming to a session during the school year, we provide many hotel options for you.
- Do my parents have to attend Orientation with me?
- While we do have a Parent Orientation option for parents or any other family members, they are not required to attend orientation with you. Typically, just less than half the students attending bring someone with them. Look through the Parent Orientation section of our website for complete information.
- When will I sign up for classes?
- In a group setting, a faculty or professional advisor will help you select and register for classes in the afternoon of Orientation. Note that the advisor you meet with may not be your assigned advisor in the fall.
- I am out of town this summer, what should I do?
- Since orientation is not required for transfer students, you may contact your department to register for classes on your own time. Otherwise, a session is offered right before classes begin for students who are unable to travel to campus in the summer.
- What if I am not a Colorado resident?
- See answer above.
- Do I need to purchase a parking permit before arriving at Orientation?
- 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.
- During Orientation, will I be able to see the room I am assigned to in the fall?
- Due to other events and conferences on campus, there is limited availability to show students their specific room. Students will get a chance to see some of the halls during their campus tour if they choose to participate. Floor plans and pictures are available on the Housing & Residential Education website to assist students in planning.
- 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.
The change will made the following Friday (or later that day if on a Friday) and you will receive a confirmation your BearMail account. The change will not be reflected online.
- If there is also a Parent Orientation reservation, we can make both changes at the same time. We will communicate the change to Conference Services, who handles the Parent Orientation reservations, and that office will email them a confirmation.
- Changes can be made at no cost and as many times as needed and there is no cost for you to cancel your reservation. However; there is a $5 non-refundable fee with the Parent Orientation reservation.
- 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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