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First-Year Students Entering in the Spring

Welcome new incoming students! We are excited to have you join the UNC Bear community!

The two-day in person Orientation is required for all First-Year (new first-time to college) students. After you confirm your enrollment through Admissions, you will receive an e-mail to your BearMail (@bears.unco.edu) account when you are able to sign up for Orientation. Once logged into the orientation reservation system, you will complete Pre-Orientation prior to selecting an in-person Orientation date.

Orientation date availability is based on the student’s major and to which college it belongs.


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Orientation Date for Spring 2020 Entering Students:

To view the current and most accurate sessions available, please log in to the orientation reservation system. The orientation system updates live. The date listed below is for reference only.

January 9-10, 2020

Please Note: Reservations close and lock 4 business days (Monday – Friday) out prior to a session at which point changes cannot be made to a reservation.

Sample Schedule

Note: This is a tentative schedule and subject to change. The final schedule with details will be given to participants at check-in.


There are two check-in times:

9 – 11:30 a.m. at the University Center – For students living on-campus. You will check-in with orientation first and then go to move into your residence hall

11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the University Center – For students living off-campus

Note: Pre-registered parents and support people will check in for Parent Orientation with you.

Program Sessions

Day 1 | 9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

  • Will include, but not limited to: University Welcome, meetings with your group led by your Orientation Leader, Lunch, Faculty Success Tips, Our Den, Involvement/Student Life, B.E.A.R., and Dinner

Program Sessions

Day 2 | 7 a.m. – When advising and registration is completed*

*Typically students finish around 4 p.m., though we understand it will depend on each individual.

  • Will include, but not limited to: Breakfast, Day Two Welcome, Online Resources, Campus Support and Safety Resources, meeting with your group, Lunch and University Fair, and Advising and Registration
  • Optional campus tour
  • Optional meningitis vaccine shot – The UNC Student Health Center (located in Cassidy Hall) will have a limited amount of meningitis vaccine shots available. It will be a service offered on a first-come, first-serve basis until the supply runs out. The clinic is open until 5 p.m.

Note: If you need to make any campus appointments, please schedule after 4 p.m. on Day Two of your session.


Parking during the January Orientation session is free in any of the residence hall lots to you during Orientation. I, J, Q, and T Lots are all residence hall lots and are close to the University Center for checking in.

Campus Parking Map

The University Center is on 10th Avenue between 20th and 22nd Street.

University Center Address: 2045 10th Ave, Greeley, CO 80639

There is no need to park anywhere else during Orientation, but if you wish to park in a non-residence hall lot, you will need to buy a day pass from one of the Pay to Park daily parking dispensers.