2024 Family Orientation | Summer and Fall Admission

We look forward to meeting you at Family Orientation!

Family Orientation is designed for parents and families, supporting their student as they begin their first year at UW. If you are a first-year student, please refer back to your confirmation email to select your personalized student agenda link. 

Below are a few tips on how to navigate the program:

Get Connected: Ask questions and connect with other parents & families through the Official UW New Families 2024 Facebook Group hosted by Parent & Family Programs.

Join the Official UW New Families 2024 Facebook Group

If you are looking for information on our Spring Family Orientation session, please review the Spring Family Orientation website

Family Orientation Agenda

All sessions will take place on Zoom. 

Use the button below, or enter Meeting ID 92377403863 into your Zoom application to access the meeting. 

Family Orientation Zoom Meeting

Start and End Time: 8:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time

8:00 a.m.


The offices of Parent & Family Programs and First Year Programs will kick off Family Orientation with an overview of the agenda and some tips for helping your student navigate their first year at UW. 

Review the Husky Guide (student publication) and the Parent & Family Guide for commonly used resources. 

8:30 a.m.

Academics & Course Registration

Academic advisers are among the most important connections your student can make. This session will introduce you to the academic adviser role and provide an overview of the general education requirements that students use to create their class schedules. 

If your student was directly admitted directly to the Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, Informatics, Foster School of Business, Honors program, or Engineering Undeclared, advisers will provide an additional recording or a session on specific dates. Visit the following website for more information: https://fyp.uw.edu/aofamdirect

9:30 a.m.

Paying the Tuition Bill

Connect with Student Fiscal Services to create a plan on how to view and pay tuition while at the university.

10:30 a.m.

Academic Support

Explore the various academic resources that students can utilize to support their academic success.

11:30 a.m.

Student Health & Well-Being

Your student's health and wellness are important to us. Learn more from UW Counseling Center professionals about the various resources your student can connect with to support their mental health.

12:30 p.m.


Take some time for a break and we will return shortly with more information from UW staff and faculty. 

1:00 p.m.

Parent Conversations: Ask Me Anything

During this session, you will have the opportunity to join a breakout room based on at topic of your choosing:

  1. Financial Aid (Offered live June 27, July 25 and August 15): Join representatives from the Office of Student Financial Aid to ask questions about how financial aid works. Other questions may include the cost of attendance, an overview of the different types of financial awards, requesting a revision to financial aid awards, understanding loans, or using aid to pay bills. 
  2. Student Leader Panel (Offered live each session): Ask current students questions about their transition to UW.

Family Orientation Quick Links and Resources guide

2:00 p.m.

Campus Safety

UWPD will share about campus safety and resources as well as tips around keeping your student's personal items secure on campus.

3:00 p.m.

Living On Campus

Regardless of where your student lives, there are resources to help them ensure their living environment supports their academic experience. Learn from Housing & Food Services about the services provided and critical move-in timelines. 

If your student plans to commute to campus, we look forward to welcoming them into the Commuter & Transfer Commons when they arrive on campus.

4:00 p.m.

Conversation with Faculty

Meet with faculty from the UW to learn ways that your student will interact with faculty during their time at the UW, including classroom expectations.

After Family Orientation

Complete Session Evaluation

How did the process go for you? What is missing in your transition to the UW? We care about your feedback and read all of your comments. By completing your Family Orientation session evaluation, you will impact Family Orientation programming. 

Learn more about Advising & Orientation evaluations.

Ongoing Family Engagement

Explore other first-year family resources like newsletters and podcasts by visiting the Family Orientation website. Also explore the UW Parent & Family website to learn more about events, resources, and information throughout your student's time at the UW.