Parent & Family Orientation

Parent & Family Orientation
President James Dean with UNH parent


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Here at UNH we consider Parents and Families a part of our Wildcat Community. We know that the starting college is a transition for students as well as their support systems back at home. June Orientation is a great way for you to learn the ins and outs of the student experience and how you can support them while at UNH. Learn more about what to expect at Parent & Family Orientation below.

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What to expect

Parent & Family Orientation provides attendees the opportunity to learn about various aspects or academic and student life by hearing from representatives from across campus. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of many of our staff, faculty, and current students.

Some of who you will meet:

  • Dean of Students
  • Housing and Residential Life
  • Student Accounts and Financial Aid 
  • Academic College Associate Deans and Advisors
  • Health & Wellness, Counseling and Psychological Services, Student Accessibility Services, SHARPP
  • Dining
  • Campus Recreation, Student Activities, Fraternity and Sorority Life
  • Beauregard Center, Military and Veteran Services, Chaplain and Spiritual Life Association

Attendees will also have the opportunity to explore some of our campus spaces and cheer their students on as they begin their UNH experience!

Dates & Times

Students should register their Parent & Family guests when they register for a June Orientation Session. We ask that students try to keep to a 2 guest limit, however we know that sometimes Wildcat Families are larger and we encourage you to email us if you are hoping to register more people. Students are only required to attend one of the below dates. Parents & Families are not required to attend Orientation, but it is encouraged.

The times below are for Parent & Family Orientation specifically. During the Two-Day Sessions, students will be involved in program into the night and then stay overnight in a UNH Residence Hall.

Two-Day Overnight Orientation (First-Year Students only)

  • Thursday June 9  – Friday June  10
  • Monday June 13 - Tuesday June 14
  • Thursday June 16 – Friday June  17
  • Thursday June 23 – Friday June  24
  • Monday June 27 - Tuesday June 28

Day One begins at check-in (11:00am - 12:30pm) with the first program beginning at 12:45pm. Attendees should expect to finish at 6:00pm.

Day Two begins at 9:00am and attendees are encouraged to join our beloved Become the Roar tradition at 12:00pm, before check-out from 12:30pm - 1:30pm.

One-Day Orientation

  • Tuesday, June 7 (Non-COLA Transfer Students)
  • Tuesday, June 21 (First-Year Students only)
  • Thursday, June 30 (COLA Transfer Students)

Check-in runs from 8:00am - 9:00am, with the first program beginning at 9:15am. The day ends with the Become the Roar tradition at 5:00pm (June 7) and 5:30pm (June 21 & 30).

Meals and Accommodations

If you are a guest planning to spend a night in the area and would like accommodations on campus, please visit our Parent/Family Accommodation Reservation page. You can also explore accommodations in the surrounding area here. Students attending an overnight session are given free accommodations in residence halls.

Additionally, if you are registered for Parent & Family Orientation and would like to join us in our award-winning Holloway Commons dining hall during your visit, we strongly recommend you pre-purchase your meal pass. This will help to avoid long lines. Please note meals for students during orientation are free of charge.


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