Parents & Family Orientation

Parents & Family Orientation
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Parents & Family Orientation

Year after year, UNH is ranked among the safest and most supportive colleges to call home because of the proactive steps we take to protect the health of all our Wildcats. This public health leadership is all the more essential as we navigate today’s unique challenges.

Parents and families are invited to participate in our orientation sessions to hear about UNH. Meet with University of New Hampshire faculty, administrators, academic advisors, and upper-class students; learn about the university's expectations of its students; discuss key transition to college issues with university experts; and learn about services available in and outside the classroom.  Parents and Families are not required to attend.

As part of our plan to be fully open for Fall '21, we are planning a 1-day, in-person Orientation. Your student can choose from one of eight total sessions offered throughout the last three weeks in June. One of the sessions will be virtual for students and families who prefer that experience. Even though the sessions will be in-person, COVID-19 precautions, including capacity limits, will remain in effect to promote your safety.
Your student will have the opportunity to register for the date of their choice. Keep in mind that the sessions may fill up, so we encourage you to consider a few options when making your summer plans. 
All incoming UNH students are expected to attend one of the sessions offered. 

Students will be able to register and bring 1 guest only to Orientation.  That guest will attend the Parent and Family Orientation occurring each day. Bringing a guest is optional.

Before your student registers for Orientation, they will need to set up their UNH Wildcats Email and enroll in SmartAuth.
Set up UNH Wildcats Email
Enroll in Smart Auth

What to expect at the Parent and Family Orientation

Do you need help with the Parent Portal?
Parent Portal Information

2021 June Orientation Dates

Monday, June 14

First-Year Students

Tuesday, June 15

First-Year Students

Thursday, June 17

Transfer Students

Monday, June 21

First-Year Students

Tuesday, June 22

First-Year Students

Thursday, June 24 *VIRTUAL*

First-Year  & Transfer Students

Monday, June 28

First-Year Students

Tuesday, June 29

First-Year Student


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