Family Members

While our online registration is closed, if you would like to attend the January 10 or 11 session, please send an email to ruparents@echo.rutgers.edu to receive registration details.

For winter 2022, Parent and Family Orientation is an optional virtual 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 health and wellness, academics, housing, dining and safety are coupled with panels featuring current students. These panels 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.

How Can You Prepare for Virtual Orientation?

How to Register for Virtual Orientation

Registration is open. Parents and family members can reserve their space here.

What Will You Need?

Please review the following items to make sure you are prepared for your orientation experience:

  • Use a device (computer, laptop, or tablet) that has audio functionality.
  • Virtual Orientation is best viewed by using Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.
  • Access to internet
  • While not required, we recommend the use of headphones to not be distracted by background noise

How to Access Virtual Orientation

Virtual Orientation is supported through the Zoom and the University’s Learning Management System, Canvas. You will log into Zoom to take part in the live part of the virtual orientation. You will receive access details and instructions via email one week prior to your session. Please note, the email used to reserve your tickets will be the same email we send instructions to.

Virtual Orientation is split into two sections: 

  • 4-hour live session– connect with other family members, hear from current students, and learn from University departments in real-time.
  • After attending the live session, guests will have access to our online platform (Canvas) with information that can be reviewed at your own leisure.

Our orientation staff team will be available to assist with your Virtual 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 while we are working remotely, the fastest way to reach us is via email.

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. However, certain sessions are geared toward the parents and families of particular students (for example, transfer parent and family programs and international parent programs)

I can’t go during the day. Are there any programs at night?

Yes. During the summer, there are evening programs 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.