Family Orientation Program Information

Parents & Family

  • Orientation is highly encouraged for parents and family members. We cannot accommodate friends as new students will be busy in meetings with academic advisors and others.

  • You may attend a session different from your student. If you plan to attend a session on a different day as when your student attends, please register here.
  • The New Student Orientation program and the Parents and Family Orientation program are separate but run at the same time on each of the days.
  • During orientation, you will:
    • Meet with University of New Hampshire faculty, administrators, academic advisors, and upper-class students
    • Learn about the University's expectations of its students, and what resources it offers students in and outside the classroom
    • Discuss key transition to college issues with University experts
    • Get all your questions about UNH answered
  • Orientation schedules

Housing/Lodging Accommodations

  • Overnight accommodations on campus are available through UNH Conferences. Please visit here to make your reservation. Any questions regarding on-campus overnight accommodations for parents and families only, please call UNH Conferences at (603) 862-3189. (Note: These accommodations cannot be made for non-student guests through the Orientation registration system. Arrangements for family members will need to be made directly with UNH Conferences.)

  • Holiday Inn Express (near campus)

  • Other hotels in the area (Portsmouth is recommended)


Inexpensive meals will be available on campus for parents and guests (students are not charged for meals during Orientation).

Directions to Campus & Parking

  • Directions to Campus 
  • More information on campus parking
  • Please note, parking regulations are enforced. All attendees will be required to print out their reminder e-mail (received prior to the session) to utilize as a parking permit for the duration of the Orientation program.
    • Two-Day Sessions: Attendees can park in Lot E, E-1, and B
    • One-Day Sessions: Attendees can park in Lot A