Family & Supporters FAQs
No, but family participation is encouraged. The Family Orientation provides Wildcat family members with information, resources and contacts that will aid in student success at UA. Parents and family members register for orientation via the student registration process in the Next Steps Center. There is a family/guest orientation fee, which helps to cover programming costs of Family Orientation including facilities, catering, materials, and staffing.
The fee for the Family Program covers the cost of providing the program. This includes all the materials guests receive, the cost of rooms and facilities used for Family Program sessions and to assist in the hiring of student staff who are dedicated to assisting your new Wildcats through their orientation experience.
Yes, there will be an additional $15 processing fee (added to the standard guest fee) for guests who register on the day of the program at check-in.
There is an additional $125 program charge for each student and family member who attends an Out-of-State Orientation program in Chicago, New York, or California. This charge helps us to cover the costs of hosting a remote program including meeting facilities, catering, shipping, and travel and lodging for staff. This fee is in addition to the Enrollment Fee and Family/Guest Fee. The total cost for a guest to attend an Out-of-State Orientation program is $210 ($85 guest fee + $125 participation fee).
We design Orientation with your student in mind, and as such, each person’s experience will be a little different. Check-in time for your students Orientation program will be included in email communications sent in advance of their session to the addresses provided during the registration process. All programs have scheduled activities for family members, guests and students until 5:00 pm. If you are traveling from out of town we do not recommend making any travel reservations before 5:00 pm so that you can attend the entire program.
Yes, for students, family members and guests attending the May-June on-campus New Student Orientation programs, we have residence hall rooms available for a fee; however, it is not a requirement for your student to stay on campus during New Student Orientation. You can register to stay in a residence hall through the orientation registration process in the Next Steps Center. Students signed up for a Transfer Student Orientation do not have the option to stay overnight in a residence hall.
Family and/or guests and students choosing to stay on campus during orientation will stay in the same residence hall but in different parts of the building. We have students room with other students and plan evening activities so they have an opportunity to meet other new Wildcats before returning to campus for the start of the semester.
We provide linens in all the residence hall rooms. If you tend to be chilly at night, you may want to bring an additional blanket. We do not provide toiletries, phones and alarm clocks.
Our benefits coordinator is Regina (Gina) Dowell in the Military Connected Benefits and Certifications office in the Registrar's Office.