First-Year Orientation

First-Year Orientation
UNH Students in Murkland Courtyard


First-Year Student Orientation

What to Expect

New Student Orientation is your opportunity to explore UNH's campus, register for fall courses, and connect with other incoming students, as well as staff and faculty. Students are able to spend a night in a residence hall, enjoy meals in our dining hall, and attend programming in some of UNH's most popular buildings like the Memorial Union Building (MUB) and the Hamel Recreation Center (HRC). Our goal is that you will leave June Orientation excited to start your journey as a Wildcat!

Parents and Family members will also have the opportunity to participate in an UNH Orientation that runs concurrently with New Student Orientation. Learn more here.

Registering for Orientation

Choosing your dates
First-year students have the option of choosing from five orientation sessions in the month of June. Each session is a 2-day session, running on a 5:00 PM to 5:00 PM schedule. Dates are first come first serve and have built in capacity limits determined by each college. These limits ensure that all students are able to register successfully for fall courses.

Two-Day vs One-day Orientation
Spending a night on campus is not a requirement for Orientation, however over 85% of the incoming class opts for a night in the residence halls. The overnight sessions allow more social opportunities with other students and a sneak peek to living on campus. Students who are unable to join us for the full two-day experience can register for just the second day of  any of the orientation dates (same capacity limits apply).

How to register
Registration for New Student Orientation launches mid-spring. Students who have deposited will be emailed the link to register and it will also be posted here on our website. The registration process will walk you through three steps:

  1.  Completing the Academic Questionnaire required by your college advisors in preparation of registering for courses at Orientation
  2.  Choosing your date of preference
  3. Registering any guests you plan to bring for Parent & Family Orientation (you will need to know the contact information- email and phone number for each of your guests)


Orientation for students enrolling in Fall 2023
Dates coming soon!

Get Ready for Class

During orientation, you'll have the opportunity to meet with staff and faculty who will share important information to help you get prepared for course selection.

We encourage you to review the academic guide for your school or college, which will provide you with information about courses you may be need to take, as well as placement tests required for some areas of study.

Visit the Academic Guides page

Aerial view of UNH Thompson Hall in the autumn