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COVID-19: News and Campus Updates | Fall 2021 Plans

First-Year Students

Welcome new bears! We are excited to have you join the UNC Bear community. New Student Orientation is for all incoming first-year college students that provides useful information and connect you with a variety of resources. We also provide opportunities to connect with other UNC students. We strongly encourage you to complete the pre-orientation videos and attend orientation to make your transition to UNC successful.

UNC's New Student Orientation is virtual for all students starting Summer/Fall 2021 but please plan to join is in person for our New Student Days starting August 19!

Sign-up for Orientation

Before you can sign-up for orientation, you'll need to confirm your spot at UNC!


Email communications will be sent to your BearMail account with course registration instructions.


Summer/Fall 2021 Virtual Orientation Dates

Please note: All session times are listed in Mountain Daylight Time (MDT)
For an up-to-date list of available sessions, log into your Admissions Portal.

June 2, 2021

12-4:30 p.m. MDT

June 8, 2021

8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. MDT

June 10, 2021

12-4:30 p.m. MDT

June 12, 2021

8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. MDT

June 16, 2021

12-4:30 p.m. MDT

June 22, 2021

12-4:30 p.m. MDT

June 24, 2021

8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. MDT

July 9, 2021

8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. MDT

July 17, 2021

12-4:30 p.m. MDT

July 20, 2021

8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. MDT

July 22, 2021

12-4:30 p.m. MDT

August 16, 2021

12-4:30 p.m. MDT



What's Next?

Now that you've made your orientation reservation, complete the tasks 
below to be best prepared for your session.

You will receive the Zoom Meeting ID for your session via your BearMail a few days prior to the session.


Logging into Zoom with BearMail

When you log in to Zoom for Virtual Orientation please be sure to use your BearMail credentials. Reference your NSO log in information email or follow these instructions:

  1. Visit unco.edu/zoom
  2. Select "Sign In" and log in with your BearMail credentials
  3. Select "Join a Meeting" in the top right
  4. Join the meeting using the meeting ID provided
  5. Rename yourself with your first and last name (so we know who you are) by:
    hovering over your name in "Participants" or right clicking on your video box

Student in Zoom Orientation


Use a Computer

If possible, we recommending using a computer or laptop while attending Virtual Orientation. The Zoom features work slightly better this way, however, any device will work.


Establish Wi-Fi Connection

Internet access and Wi-Fi can impact your experience. Consider exploring your connection options (including alternative locations or hard-wiring your device) to enhance your connectivity.

West Campus in Greeley during sunset

UNC Virtual Backgrounds

Use virtual meeting backgrounds in your video meetings to show your UNC spirit and share the beauty of our Greeley campus! To change your background in Zoom, click on the "^" next to your video icon and select "Choose Virtual Background". Then click the "+" on the right side.

View all backgrounds