skip to main content

Summer Attendee Checklist


All new students pay a new student fee when paying their tuition and fees at the beginning of the semester. The ORIENTATION Program for students is paid for out of this fee, so the costs to you are travel related and spending money.

What to Wear

Each session will take place on the 255 acre campus, which offers ample opportunity to explore. We encourage you to wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes, as various sessions may take place in a variety of buildings throughout campus. Additionally, there will be time to explore Lombardi Recreation Center and get in a work out, so be sure to bring gym clothes. Different aspects of the facility will be open at different sessions.

Overnight Details

Because orientation is a two-day program, all students are expected to spend the night on campus during orientation. There is no cost for this, unless extra nights before or after orientation are needed. Students will share a room in the Nevada Living Learning Community with other orientation participants. 

What to Bring

You should bring with you:

  • Overnight clothes and toiletries (something to sleep in, soap, shampoo, etc.).
  • Walking shoes - The campus is large and you will be walking to various buildings.
  • Comfy, weather appropriate clothes. July can be warm during the day but cools off at night. Bring a jacket.
  • Clothes for activities- Time is spent at Lombardi Recreation Center, so you may want clothes to workout, play dodge ball or shoot some hoops.
  • Spending money - The Downunder Cafe, Nevada Wolf Shop, late night snacks, order books, buy a souvenir, Wolf Pack Pit Stop.
  • Pen and paper - You may want to jot down some notes.

Travel to Campus

Travel to the University is not included in the ORIENTATION program. If traveling by plane, the University is easily accessed from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, which is roughly 10 minutes from campus by shuttle, taxi or car. Please see information below regarding our free airport shuttle service. If traveling by car, campus is easily accessed from Interstate 80. For directions, please view this Google Map to obtain directions to the Sierra Street Parking Garage from your specific location.

Airport Shuttle

A free Orientation shuttle is offered from the airport to campus from 7 A.M. to 9 A.M. on the morning of day 1 and from 4 P.M. to 6 P.M. on the afternoon of day 2 for each session. Please go to baggage claim and look for the University of Nevada, Reno sign. Reservations are not needed for the shuttle.


Space has been allocated for ORIENTATION. Please park in the Sierra Garage (entrance located at 1264 North Sierra Street.) for ease of access to the Nevada Living Learning Community where check-in will take place. A PDF permit will be available from this Website one week prior to your ORIENTATION date. Simply print the PDF and place it on your dashboard, so it is visible through the front windshield. The ORIENTATION permit allows you to park in any student or unmarked stalls. Parking restrictions such as metered, staff, reserved, handicap, and red zones will be enforced.


While attending ORIENTATION you will take your picture and receive your WolfCard.  WolfCard is your campus ID card, library card, recreation center card, meal plan and many other uses. For a complete listing of WolfCard uses, including banking options, please visit the WolfCard website.

ORIENTATION Conduct Policy

The time you spend at ORIENTATION is the beginning of your educational career at University of Nevada, Reno, please approach your time at Orientation seriously and be ready to take full advantage of what is offered during your session. The Orientation program strictly adheres to the campus policy forbidding alcohol and/or drug use. Failure to abide by this policy could result in you being asked to leave Orientation and being reported to the Office of Student Conduct. Although it is our hope that you take advantage of everything offered at Orientation, failure to attend or participate in any part of the session is your responsibility and can jeopardize your academic preparedness.

Take the next step...