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Family Orientation

The Family Orientation program is designed to answer your questions and leave you feeling even more confident that UMass Lowell is a great choice for your student.

Virtual family orientation - summer 2020

We are excited to offer a completely online family orientation experience that is open to all River Hawk family members and support people. All workshops are free of cost and offered on a rotating schedule throughout the summer, and families are able to select workshops and times that work best for their schedules.

If you would like to build the core family orientation experience, we recommend attending the following core content sessions. All sessions are approximately one hour in length.

Register for an Online Family Orientation Session

Academic Advising & Academic Support

This family orientation experience covers important aspects of your student’s transition to college. Staff from the university’s Centers for Learning will talk about ways your student can prepare for the transition to college level academics and ways you as a family member can support them. You will also have the opportunity to speak with a member of the academic advising staff to learn more about class selection and advising resources.

Student Financial Wellness: Information & Tips from the Solution Center

This Family Orientation Workshop focuses on important things to know related to your student’s financial well-being. Staff from the Solution Center will discuss elements of financial wellness including financial aid, student accounts and billing, having a financial plan for all years of college, and how to access help and resources if your student needs it.

Living the River Hawk Life: Engaging in the UMass Lowell Community

This Family Orientation Workshop is all about what it means to be a River Hawk and how to take advantage of all that campus has to offer. Student Affairs staff will share information about why it’s important for your student to be involved on campus, what opportunities are available to your student, and ways you can encourage your student to be an active part of student life.

Student Wellness: Supporting Your Student’s Mental & Physical Health

This Family Orientation Workshop is hosted by members of our Wellness Center and focuses on what the transition to college means for your student’s mental and physical health. Learn more about how the university supports students and what resources are available to help them in their transition.

All About Professional Success: Career Services & Cooperative Education

It may be hard to believe, but career development begins during your student’s first year of college. This Family Orientation Workshop will focus on ways the university supports your student’s journey toward their future career. Learn about resources, internships, and coops.

Additional Family Orientation Experiences:

Family Affinity Groups

One of the best aspects of being a River Hawk is the amount of diversity in the UMass Lowell community. Family Programs offers several different Family Orientation Workshop experiences that are designed to share information and resources that support different identities that our students and families hold.

  • LGBTQ+ Family Affinity Group
  • Students of Color Family Affinity Group
  • Disability Services Family Affinity Group
  • RHSA/First Gen Family Affinity Group

Weekly Family Drop-In

No need to register, just drop-in and chat with members of the Family Programs staff! The Weekly Family Drop-In time is available for any questions that you have about any aspect of UMass Lowell. Our staff will help answer questions, direct you to resources, and help you start to trouble shoot any questions or situations that you have.