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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. 

Sessions 1-4 have concluded, but Session 5 on August 31-September 1 still has space available. If you and your student have not yet attended an Orientation session, please plan to attend Session 5 on August 31–September 1.

If you attended any of our first four sessions but misplaced your packet materials, you can view a copy of the parent materials electronically. You can find a copy of the student's packet materials under Upcoming Orientation Sessions.

Parent Orientation Schedules

These schedules are subject to change

Sessions 1-4 Schedule


Arrival and Registration

Time: 9:00 a.m.–10:15 a.m.

Location: Gengras Student Union

Check in for Orientation, pick up the student's dorm key and help them move in for the weekend. (Parents will not stay on campus)

Welcome Program

Time: 10:45 a.m.—11:45 a.m.


Time: 12 p.m.–1 p.m.

Introduction to your student's college

Time: 1–2:15 p.m.

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 UIS - 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: 9–10:15 a.m.

Location: Lincoln Theater

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: 1–2 p.m.

School and College Meetings:

Time: 2:15–3:15 p.m.

Parent Afternoon Program

Time: 3:30–4:30 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

Men's Soccer Game

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Al Marzook Field

Show your Orientation wristband for free admission!

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: 10:45– 11:15 a.m.

Location: Dana Hall 202, Mali 2

Meeting with Parents of Students with Disabilities

Time: 11– 12:30 a.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 there is no Parent Orientation program. 

While students attending Orientation will stay on campus, there are no on campus accomations for parents. Please plan accordingly. Check out lodging in the area.

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