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Parent Orientation

Parent Orientation takes place during each of our orientation sessions and runs alongside the student program. It is planned so that while your student is registering for classes and becoming familiar with university life, you may attend discussion sessions with faculty and staff designed to acquaint you further with our mission, programs, and procedures. Specifically, the program includes a meeting with the dean of your student's college, a presentation about financial aid and meeting college costs, and a question-and-answer session with the directors of many campus offices such as Residential Life, Health Services, the Counseling Center, and upperclassmen to provide a student perspective. 

Parent Orientation Schedules

These schedules are subject to change

Sessions 1-4 Schedule


Arrival and Registration

Time: 9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

Location: Gengras Student Union

Check in for Orientation, pick up your dorm key and move in for the weekend.

Welcome Program

Time: 10:45 a.m.—11:45 a.m.


Time: 12 p.m.–1 p.m.

School and College Meetings

Time: 1–2:15 p.m.

Introduction to each school and college for parents

Parent Afternoon Program

Time: 2:45–4:00 p.m.

Presentation by the student services staff and campus life administrators, followed by Q&A.

Relax and Mingle

Time: 4–5 p.m.


Time: 4:30—6:30 p.m.

Location: Univeristy Commons

Parent's College

Time: 6:30–7:45 p.m.

Come smile, laugh, and share in the excitement and joy of learning with an introduction to the AUC - All University Curriculum and a presentation by one of our students’ favorite professors



Time: 8–9 a.m.

Location: University Commons

Dollars and Sense

Time: 9–10:30 a.m.

Presentations by the Director of Financial Aid and the Director of the Bursar's Office.

Resource Fair

Time: 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.

E-Billing and FERPA

Time: 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.

Learn how to sign up authorized bill payers and complete the FERPA requirements for release of information.

Informational Meeting for Recruited or Walk-on Athletes

Time: 10:45–11:15 a.m.

Location: Dana Hall, Mali 2 (First Floor)

I'm First!– First Generation Students

Time: 10:45–11:15 a.m.

Location: Dana Hall, Mali 1 (First Floor)

Access-Ability Services Meeting for Parents of Students with Disabilities

Time: 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

Location: Dana Hall, Mali 2 (First Floor)

The many differences between high school and college disability support (students may join parents for this meeting)

Session 5 Schedule

day 1

Arrival, Check-In, and Resource Fair:

Time: 8:30 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

Location: Gengras Student Union

University Bookstore Open

Time: 9 a.m.—6:00 p.m.

Location: Harry Jack Gray Center


Time: 11 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

Location: University Commons

Welcome Program

Time: 1–1:30 p.m.

School and College Meetings:

Time: 1:45–2:45 p.m.

Parent Afternoon Program

Time: 3:00–4:30 p.m.

Presentations by student services staff, Q&A for parents.

Free Time

Time: 4:30–5:30 p.m.


Time: 4:30—7 p.m.

Location: Univeristy Commons

Day 2


Time: 8—9:15 a.m.

Location: University Commons

Dollars and Sense

Time: 9:15—10:45 a.m.  

Informational Meeting for Parents of Recruited or Walk-on Athletes

Time: 10– 10:30 a.m.

Location: Dana Hall 202, Mali 2

Meeting with Parents of Students with Disabilities

Time: 11– 12:30 p.m.

Location: Dana Hall 201, Mali 1

To sign up for Parent Orientation see the complimentary and additional guest payment information. *Please note for Transfer Orientation on August 24th there is no Parent Orientation program. 

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Orientation Office
University of Hartford
200 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT  06117