Am I required to attend a Parent and Family Orientation session along with my student?

Parent Orientation is not mandatory but highly encouraged for parents and family members of incoming Rutgers students.  At Parent and Family Orientation, you will be introduced to important policies regarding your student’s enrollment at Rutgers, you will interact with key faculty and staff members who will play a vital role in your student’s transition and you will learn how to stay connected to Rutgers throughout your student’s college career.

Will I spend the day with my student during orientation or are our orientation sessions separate?

Your program will be separate from your student’s orientation program. Check-ins, sessions and lunch will occur in separate locations.

Do I have to attend the orientation on the same date as my student?

You can choose to attend the orientation session that works best for your schedule, even if it is not on the same day of your student’s orientation.  You can also take advantage of our newly created Evening Parent and Family Orientation session, which was designed to accommodate parents after ‘traditional working hours’.

What Is The Cost Of Attending Orientation?

All first-year, transfer and international students on the New Brunswick campus will be assessed a new student fee on their term bills. This fee covers the cost of orientation and transition programs, resources for new students and outreach programs for parents and family members designed to help new students and their families during the first year at Rutgers University. All new students are expected to attend orientation and transition events. This fee will be assessed regardless of attendance at orientation and transition events.

All new students will see a New Student Fee on their Term Bill. Cost is $175.00 for first year students and $85.00 for transfer students.

For Parents and Family Members there is a separate charge of $20.00 per person for attending orientation. This fee is paid when parents and family members register here.

What If The Parent and Family Session I Want To Attend Is Full?

Due to fire capacity issues, space is limited for our parent and family sessions. The best option is to choose another date. You do not need to attend the same session as your student as their session is separate.

A handful of walk-in spaces may be available but we will not know if and how many of these spaces will be available until the day of. Priority will be given to parents and families who registered in advance.

I purchased two tickets for a Parent and Family Orientation session but both tickets show my name as the attendee. Will this be a problem when I check in?

Each ticket purchased has a unique barcode so although all tickets will list the purchaser’s name, we will be able to identify each attendee without issue.