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Family Orientation

What UCR Parents Are Saying About Highlander Orientation

  • "After one day at UCR, I feel like everyone really cares about our kids and wants them to do well. There is help available everywhere. I'm very impressed."
  • "I was not expecting the effort and care that everyone expressed. Their devotion to making the college experience as successful and enjoyable as possible was evident in every presentation."
  • "Family Orientation made us feel very comfortable about sending our son to UCR. Everybody was very informative, polite, gracious, and ready to help. Orientation really made the true meaning of personal touch."
  • "Orientation was excellent. Thanks for making this experience [student's transition into college] easier for parents. It shows that the entire administration takes a caring attitude."

Highlander Orientation for Families

  Congratulations and Welcome!

UC Riverside and Highlander Orientation understands the importance of the role that families play in the success of the students. We also understand that families are not unique to just parents, so whether you are a parent, guardian, grandparent, aunt, uncle, sibling, partner, spouse, or supporter, we welcome you to the Highlander Family and invite you to the Highlander Orientation Family Program.

Family Orientation

The Highlander Orientation Family Program is a 2-day comprehensive orientation designed to help family members become familiar with campus resources, policies and procedures, and adjustments that first-year students will face during their time at the University. Family members will also have the opportunity to meet, interact, and hear from faculty, campus administrators, staff, and student leaders who will be there to answer their questions and concerns in person.

Bear Facts FatherBoth student and family Orientation sessions are a two day program, beginning with check in at 8:30am on the first day and ending at 5:30pm on the second day.

Family and Students are separated throughout the duration of the program but there will be times during the day where you can reunite with your student.

The Spanish Language Family Orientation will be offered on [DATE TBD]. Please note that check-in for the Spanish language Family Orientation will begin at 7:30 am. The cost to attend the Spanish language Family Orientation is $50.

The Highlander Orientation program includes a required overnight stay in our residence halls for students only. Students will be assigned a suite and roommates in the Pentland Residence Hall.  While family members and guests cannot stay in the residence hall with their student, on campus lodging is available for families at the Glen Mor housing facility for a separate fee. Visit the Accommodations page for more information!

To view a sample schedule of the Highlander Orientation Family Program, please click here.

Orientación Familiar -- Oprima aquí para información en español

Registration Procedure

Register Online

  • Your student has received materials for Highlander Student Orientation in the mail. We recommend you discuss attending orientation with your student and register online together. You may register to attend Family Orientation through the same site that students use to register for Highlander Orientation.
  • After you and your student have registered, a confirmation card will be mailed to your student, indicating the session dates your student registered for.
  • There is no lodging provided for family members. However, rooms are provided for the incoming first year students.
  • Space in each Highlander Orientation session is limited and is allocated on a "first come, first served" basis. On-site registration the day of a session cannot be accommodated.

Program Cost

The fee for attending the Highlander Family Orientation program is $65.00 for each family member.

Fees include three meals and all materials for the two-day program. Space in the Family Orientation program is limited, so please sign up early. The deadline to register is [DATE TBD].

The fee to attend the Spanish Language Family Program is $50.

Although the program is designed for adults, we understand there may be a need to bring children to the orientation. Infants 0-3 years of age will not incur a fee for attendance however any child between the ages of 4-15 will need to pay a fee of $25. 

What are the resources available on campus?

At the Family Orientation Program, you will have the opportunity to meet faculty and staff members representing different departments and organizations on campus. The Family Orientation Program is a great opportunity to network with these faculty and staff members to find out the benefits that they have to offer to your first year student.

Failure to notify us of a cancellation at least ten business days before your assigned session date will result in a loss of payment refund. For more information regarding change and cancellation policy, please visit the Fees & Payment page.

More Information

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Highlander Orientation
229 Highlander Union Building

Tel:(951) 827-2789 or (951) 827-2785
Fax: (951) 827-2439
E-mail: orientation@ucr.edu

Highlander Orientation for Transfers Program
3106 Student Services Building

Tel:(951) 827-4531
Fax: (951) 827-6346
E-mail: lisa.tyson@ucr.edu