Family Orientation costs $55.00 per attending adult (not including housing and meals – see below). Children under 18 are exempt from this fee. Family members must attend the same session as their student. This registration fee covers all info sessions and program materials and is non-refundable.
There are a limited number of family fee waivers for those who require financial assistance in order to attend. This waiver covers the $55.00 program fee, housing on campus for one night and the 2-day meal package (early arrival housing is not included). It is limited to one family member per student. Fee waivers are administered on a first-come, first-serve basis. To discuss a waiver, please contact us.
Your student will indicate the number of attending adults in the Orientation Reservation system when they register for their session. During registration they will also have to indicate if you will be staying on campus and having meals (50% of family participants opt in to the meal plan). Read on for Housing and Meal options.
Family Housing is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis to any who have registered for the family orientation program. Families and/or guests may select housing based on room occupancy, with options to stay in single or double rooms. All rooms will have Twin XL-sized beds with linens, a pillow and a towel, and each guest must sign up for their own bed. Children under the age of 10 are able to bring sleeping bags and stay on the floors of rooms for no charge, but please note that the floors are uncarpeted and flat. Please note: if you need to arrive the night before the session there will be charges per night. The Early Arrival charge will include a pizza dinner.
Parents and families who decide to attend Family Orientation are welcome to stay on campus in the University Heights South Residential Complex (adjacent to Harris/Millis). Accommodations are air-conditioned, suite-style residence halls with semi-private baths. Wireless internet is available, but rooms do not have televisions. Pets are not allowed in the residence halls or campus facilities. Linens are provided for Family Housing - but are not provided for students. Students should refer to our packing list when preparing for Orientation.
FAMILY HOUSING COST
$80.00 per person for single accommodations
$112.00 for double accommodations
Children 10 and under are able to stay for free in their parent's room, provided they bring a sleeping bag.
'Early Arrival' accommodations are available for the night prior to your Orientation session at $86 for a single and $124 for a double.
Attending family members/guests are also welcome to stay off-campus if they would feel more comforable, though please note - new students are required to stay in UVM residence halls while attending the Orientation Program.
FAMILY MEAL COSTS
A 2-day family meal package is available for $48 per person (which includes lunch and dinner on the first day of the session, and brunch on the second day). A meal package for children under 10 is available at a decreased rate of $24.
Since 95% of family and guest attendees participate in all the sessions, most elect to purchase the meal package. Meal times are generally shared with students so families use this time to catch up with their student throughout the day. If you plan to attend the program and are interested in meals, we highly recommend purchasing your plan ahead of time to prevent waiting in lines. Meals can also be opted into 'a la carte' during your Orientation session.
Please note: a detailed program schedule will be provided to you at check-in.
- Check in at Family Check-in to pick-up program materials and, if you are staying on campus, room keys.
- Campus Bus Tours
- University Welcome begins at 10:30 a.m.
- Academic Unit Meeting
- Residential Life and UVM Dining Services Information
- Life at UVM from the Student Perspective
- Campus Life and Academic Information
- Families in Transition Program
- Family Reception
- Morning Walk
- Student Financial Services Information Session
- Meet the Dean of Students
- Brunch and Resource Fair
- Check Out by 3 p.m.