Family Members

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

For summer 2021, 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 finances, health and wellness, 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. Canvas is the platform many of our faculty use and where the majority of your student’s coursework will be located. 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: 

  • 3-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 or 848-445-0572. 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.

2021 Orientation Dates

Monday, June 28 First Year Session 1
Thursday, July 1 First Year Session 2
Tuesday, July 6 First Year Session 3 (only open to parents and family members of students in the Honors College)
Friday, July 9 First Year Session 4
Monday, July 12 First Year Session 5
Tuesday, July 13 First Year Session 6
Thursday, July 15 First Year Session 7
Friday, July 16 First Year Session 8
Monday, July 19 First Year Session 9
Tuesday, July 20 First Year Session 10
Thursday, July 22 First Year Session 11
Friday, July 23 First Year Session 12
Monday, July 26 First Year Session 13
Tuesday, July 27 First Year Session 14
Thursday, July 29 First Year Session 15
Friday, July 30 First Year Session 16
Monday, August 2 First Year Session 17
Tuesday, August 3 First Year Session 18
Friday, August 6 First Year Session 20
Monday, August 9 First Year Session 21
   
Transfer  
Tuesday, June 29 Transfer Session 1
Wednesday, June 30 Transfer Session 2
Wednesday, July 7 Transfer Session 3
Thursday, July 8 First Year Session  22
Wednesday, July 14 Transfer Session 5
Wednesday, July 28 Transfer Session 6
Saturday, August 7 Transfer Session 7
Tuesday, August 10 Transfer Session 8
   
Evening Dates  
Wednesday, July 21 Parent and Family Evening Session 1
Wednesday, August 4 Parent and Family Evening Session 2
Thursday, August 12 Parent and Family Evening Session 3