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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.

We realize sending your student off to college is a big step and a big investment. We are here to support you - and your student - through this transition and to serve as a resource through commencement and beyond.

Family Programs offers several Family Orientation sessions throughout the summer. Orientation is a day-long session that allows parents, guardians and other members of a student's support system to meet many important staff from offices on campus. The goal for families that attend a session is that they will walk away better prepared to support their student as they begin their college career.

The registration fee for one-day sessions is $20 per person and includes a resource bag, continental breakfast and lunch in the dining hall. Every session begins with check-in at University Crossing at 8:30 a.m. and presentations conclude around 4:30 p.m.

Please be advised that these sessions are not for incoming students. They should instead plan to attend their own first-year student orientation or transfer student orientation.

Each day session is will focus on two of the colleges/schools at UMass Lowell but are open to families of students in any of the six colleges / schools.

To register for a session, please select the link for the date that you prefer. If you have any questions, please email:

Family Orientation Weekday Sessions

Family Orientation Online Module

For those who cannot attend an in-person session, we offer an online orientation option. 

Click Here to View the Online Module

Disability Services Parent Informational Sessions

The team in Student Disability Services is pleased to offer a series of informational sessions for parents and families of students registering with Student Disability Services. These sessions will be held on the following summer dates:

The June and July dates may be attended in conjunction with the full-day orientation or separately. No registration is required.

The August date aligns with the move in day for students participating in the Transition Seminar.

Parent Informational Sessions will assist in understanding:

  1. The differences in laws and responsibilities that guide student accommodation plans in higher education.
  2. The interactive process that Students/Disability Service staff engage in to determine a student’s individual needs in.
  3. What resources, including technology that are available to students to support their academic success.
  4. The process that students are going to use to access accommodations, testing center, and other essential elements of being registered with Disability Services.
  5. How you can best support your student in engaging with our office, communicating with faculty and accessing all of the wonderful support offered on our campus.

For more information on the Disability Services Parent Informational Sessions, please contact Student Disability Services.