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Parents & Family

Parent & Family Orientation

Cover of the parent orientation schedule.
The 2019 parent orientation schedule is here!

Parent and family orientation will take place from August 21-22, 2019. Parents and families arriving with international students on August 19 will be invited to participate in international parents and families programming on August 20. International parents and families are welcome to attend the orientation programs on August 21 and 22 as well. The information covered in the international parents orientation is different from what's covered in the general parent's orientation.

Parent and family orientation begins by helping your child check in to their residence hall, followed by an on-campus EXPO, Convocation, an evening dinner just for parents and families, a faculty lecture, information sessions, tours, and other special events lasting until 9 p.m.

Parent and family orientation sessions begin the next day at 8 a.m. and go until 4:30 p.m. They include programming to help parents and families gain a better understanding of how the University is run and how to help your student navigate the systems. This includes sessions with representatives from:

  • Dean of first-year students
  • Residential life and housing services
  • Dining
  • Public safety
  • Undergraduate research
  • University Health Service (UHS) and University Counseling Center (UCC)
  • Parent and family relations
  • Information technology

At the end of the day day, there is an opportunity for parents, families, and students in their respective schedules to have dinner before students return for more programming. If a student has a sibling coming with you to the program, more information can be see on the sibling information sheet (live in early June).

Before you head back home, you can attend a reception hosted by the deans and directors to get a few questions answered, grab a business card for future reference, and reflect on your orientation experience.

The complete parent and family orientation schedule will be available in mid-July. Please contact the orientation staff with questions at (585) 275-4414 or

Registration for parent and family orientation is now closed.

Sibling Orientation

The University of Rochester Sibling Orientation is on Thursday, August 22, 2019 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Siblings are welcome to accompany you and your family to Parent & Family Orientation events. The Sibling Orientation Program is an optional program that offers safe and fun activities to make the visit to University of Rochester engaging and enjoyable for siblings ages 5-17!

Pre-registration is required. The cost is $35.00 per sibling. Payment must be submitted prior to arrival. For payment, please make checks payable to “University of Rochester”. Our mailing address is:

University of Rochester
Office of Orientation
315 Genesee Hall
Box 270469
Rochester NY, 14627

Registration for sibling orientation is now closed.