The Family Orientation program runs concurrent with your first-year student’s Student Orientation program. Your assigned session and date is indicated in the student orientation confirmation letter. Check-in for the student program takes place at the Rensselaer Union from 9:00 to 9:40 a.m. on the first day. Check-in for the parent program takes place at EMPAC from 9:00 to 9:30 a.m. on the first day. It is highly recommended that you do not arrive at the check-in locations early as our staff will not be prepared to assist your family.
Family program registration
If your names are not listed on your student’s confirmation letter, we do not have your registration information. Please call (518) 276-8632 to register. Although all family members are welcome, we ask that you please consider carefully your choice to bring very young siblings as a separate sibling program is not offered.
The Family Orientation program is separate from the student program. All students will be housed in designated residence halls and are expected to complete the full day-and-a-half program. Because the student experience consists of highly structured programs and workshops, including evening activities, there will not be an opportunity for you to get together until the program has ended. Please identify a location (usually the Closing Session works well) to meet your student on the second day after the program has ended – this will be around noon.
Family members interested in dining on-campus during the program may purchase a meal package at check-in for a fee. The lower-level of the Rensselaer Union will also be available on a cash basis. A coffee and dessert reception is included in the Family Orientation program.
If you have an impairment which restricts your mobility (a need for a wheelchair, for example), we ask that you contact the Student Orientation office at (518) 276-8632 in advance of your visit to make necessary arrangements. We would like to assist you in making your visit as pleasant as possible.