Rutgers Parent and Family Orientation

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Parent & Family Orientation

Parent and Family Orientation

Sign-up for Parent and Family Orientation Summer 2022 is available here.

Parent and Family Orientation is an optional daylong program geared towards meeting the needs of our incoming students’ families. We strive to not only answer questions and provide guidance but to connect family members with key resources in our Rutgers community.

Presentations on housing, health and wellness, and campus safety are coupled with panels featuring current students. This information will familiarize you with university resources and help provide guidance on what your students will go through during their time as a Rutgers student.

Lastly, we will provide tips that we believe will help you be a partner alongside Rutgers in supporting your students’ academic and social success.

COVID-19 Protocol: Face coverings are required.  ALL event attendees must provide proof of vaccination or negative PCR test from a test taken no more than 72 hours before the event when entering an event.

Lunch, refreshments, parking and promotional items are provided to guests of parent and family orientation.

Our orientation staff team will be available to assist with questions about the orientation experience and/or questions about your transition to Rutgers University.  Please feel free to contact us at ruparents@echo.rutgers.edu.  Please note that the fastest way to reach our team is via email.

How do I register for Parent and Family Orientation?

Registration is open. Parents and family members can purchase their tickets here.  Please note that online ticket sales close at noon one week before the orientation program date.  Tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis and cannot be guaranteed if not purchased in advance.  Tickets will be $30 at the door if space permits. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Be sure to keep an eye out for a detailed confirmation email that includes information with check-in, locations, schedule, parking and more.  This email will arrive one week before your orientation session.


Hotel Accommodations

If you need hotel accommodations for your trip to New Brunswick for Parent and Family Orientation, please click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to attend a parent and family program?

Parent and Family Orientation is an optional one-day program for parents and family members who wish to connect and network with fellow family members while also getting information from various university departments and offices.

Can I go to any parent and family orientation program?

Yes, you do not need to attend the same date as your student. However, certain sessions are geared toward the parents and families of particular students (for example, transfer parent and family programs, Honors College and international parent programs)

I cannot attend during the day. Are there any programs at night?

Yes. During the summer, there is an evening program for parents and families who can’t be with us during the day. Space is limited so please register as soon as possible using the button on this page.

What if I cannot locate my tickets that my orientation session?

Try searching your spam or junk folder for an email from “Tix”. If you still need assistance, please email us at ruparents@echo.rutgers.edu for further assistance.

When will I receive details about the orientation, like parking, arrival time and schedule?

You will receive a detailed confirmation email with above details and more one week before your orientation.  Please note your confirmation email will be sent to the email address used to register for orientation.

I purchased two tickets to orientation, why do both tickets have the same name?

That is just how our ticket system works! If you registered for two guests tickets and included their information on the survey when signing up, you should not have a problem on the day of orientation even though both tickets list the same name.

Summer 2022 Orientation Dates

Parent and Family Orientation Dates  – Summer 2022

We’re looking forward to welcoming you at an upcoming Parent and Family Orientation program!  Our primary goal is to ensure that our parents and family members understand how to support their student through their college transition, and are equipped with knowledge of how to reach out when they need assistance.  Our summer sessions are designed specifically for parents and family members of domestic first-year and transferring students enrolling at Rutgers for the fall semester of 2022.  Please note that our Parent and Family Orientations is a daylong session (9am-5pm).

All parents and family members attending orientation must wear a face covering and show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before the event when attending.

Please note that students attending New Student Orientation must be up to date with the university’s COVID-10 Immunization Policy.  Up to date means completing a primary series (2 does of Pfizer, 2 does of Moderna, or 1 dose of J&J) as well as a booster once eligible.  Students will not be able to participate in New Student Orientation until they are compliant.

First Year Sessions
Monday, June 20

Thursday, June 23

Monday, June 27 * (Honors College only)

Thursday, June 30

Thursday, July 7

Monday, July 11

Thursday, July 14

Monday, July 18

Thursday, July 21

Monday, July 25

Thursday, July 28

Monday, August 1

Thursday, August 4

Monday, August 8

Thursday, August 11

Transfer Sessions
Wednesday, June 29

Wednesday, July 13

Wednesday, July 27

Wednesday, August 10

Evening Session
Wednesday, August 3
Honors College Session
Monday, June 27