University of Vermont

Family Orientation

June Orientation Family Program

While your student is learning the ins and outs of course registration, opportunities for involvement, and basic college survival skills, you have the option of getting your own introduction to campus life through the Family Orientation Program.

This program runs parallel to the attending student's orientation and allows family members a chance to gain your own introductions to campus life, as well as the opportunity to meet with representatives of the academic unit in which your student is enrolling and learn about general academic requirements and policies, registration processes, and UVM's advising system. During family orientation you will also have an opportunity to meet key campus staff members who support new students, and become familiar with student services and facilities, such as the residence hall system, food service plans, financial aid, career planning, and student activities.

Family Orientation fees are $52 per attending adult (student orientation costs are covered under the acceptance fee they paid to Admissions), this fee covers the cost of the materials, program staff, and the information sessions you will attend as part of this program. This registration fee is all-inclusive, non-negotiable and non-refundable. Children 10 and under are exempt from this fee. Family members attending this program must do so during the same session as their student.

To participate in this program, simply indicate the number of attending adults in the Orientation Reservation system when your student is registering for their Orientation session.

Family Housing

Parents and families who are attending Family Orientation, and who wish to stay on-campus will be housed in the University Heights North Residential Complex, adjacent to Harris/Millis (separate from their attending students).  Accommodations include air-conditioned, suite-style housing with semi-private baths. Residence hall rooms do not have televisions, and wireless internet access is limited. Additionally, pets are not allowed in the residence halls or campus facilities.

Pricing for family housing is $80.00 per person for single accommodations, and $120 for double accommodations ($60 per person). If your student has indicated that they are an 'Early Arrival', there are also optional accommodations available for the night prior to the Orientation session at $90 for a single and $140 for a double ($70 per person). Children under 10 accompanying their parents or guardians are exempt from the registration fee and are able to stay for free in their parent's room, provided they bring a sleeping bag.

If attending family members prefer to stay off-campus during Family Orientation, there are many options available in the surrounding area. UVM's Admissions office maintains a short lists of popular lodging options close to our campus located here. As a popular tourist destination, Burlington (and the surrounding area) have a number of fine resorts, inns, and hotels to choose from. If you'd like to explore options within the area outside the scope of campus, please visit the Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce website or call (802) 863-3489. Attending students are required to stay in the residence halls while attending the Orientation Program.

Some frequently asked questions about Family housing is available in our Family FAQs. If you have further questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Family Meals

A 2-Day meal package is available for familly members to purchase for $45.00 per person. This meal package includes lunch, dinner, and the family reception on Day 1, and brunch on Day 2 of the sessions your student will be attending. A meal package for children under 10 is available for $25.00, which includes all meals on both days of Family Orientation.

Since 95% of Family Orientation attendees participate fully in the program, most elect to purchase the meal package. Packages can be purchased through the orientation reservation system. Meals can also be purchased individually in-person at Orientation - though if you plan to attend the program and are interested in these meals we highly recommend purchasing your plan ahead of time to prevent waiting in lines. Since meal times are generally shared with their attending students, many family members use this time to catch up with their student throughout the day.

Family Program At-A-Glance

Day 1

  • Check in between 8 and 10 a.m. at the Harris Millis Complex to pick-up program materials and, if you are staying on campus, room keys.
  • Orientation begins at 10:30 a.m.
  • Campus Bus Tours
  • University Welcome
  • Academic Unit Meeting
  • Residential Life and University Dining Services Information Sessions
  • Life at UVM from the Student Perspective
  • Campus Life and Academic Information
  • Barbecue with Students
  • Family Reception

Day 2

  • Morning Walk
  • Student Financial Services Information Session
  • Meet the Dean of Students
  • Opening Weekend Panel
  • Brunch and Resource Fair
  • Check Out by 3 p.m.
  • If you have any questions about UVM's Orientation Program, please don't hesitate to give us a call at (802) 656-4136 or e-mail us at

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