New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation

The New Student Orientation program is designed to ease your transition to college life.

The New Student Orientation program is designed for new students and their families to ease the transition to college. Orientation is an exciting first chance for students to experience college life and meet other new students. University faculty, administrators, advisors and current students participate in orientation to connect with new students and answer all of your questions about the University of Nevada, Reno.

At Orientation you will find out how to get involved, get connected, and make the most of services that help you succeed in college. You will also meet with your academic advisor to go over course requirements for your major. Orientation is your first opportunity to make changes to your class schedule.

Orientation is required for all first-year students. Most orientation dates include an optional family orientation that takes place at the same time. Orientation is offered twice a year:

  • January. First-year and transfer students starting school in the spring semester attend a one-day orientation.
  • Summer. First-year and transfer students starting school in the fall semester attend either the Orientation Experience, Orientation Express or Orientation Transition.

Space is limited in each session and you should register as soon as possible. Do not make travel arrangements before your registration is complete and confirmed.

 

Are you starting school in January?

January orientation will be held on Friday, January 17, 2020. Registration is now open.

Register for January orientation

 

Are you starting school in August?

Summer orientation dates will be announced in February 2020. Registration will become available in March 2020.

  • Orientation Experience: Two-day summer orientation program

    The Orientation Experience is designed to provide first-year students and their families a 360-degree welcome to student life at University of Nevada, Reno. The program includes an overnight stay in a residence hall and opportunities to meet new and returning students through small groups and social activities. Students will participate in workshops about college life, health and safety, getting involved and setting yourself up for success in their first semester.

    Orientation Experience is the program to attend if you’re ready to embrace your spot in the Wolf Pack – and it’s the program we recommend if you are still making up your mind about attending the University of Nevada, Reno

    Most Orientation Experience sessions include a simultaneous orientation program for families.

    Orientation Experience dates:

    • June 15-16, 2020 (M-T)
    • June 25-26, 2020 (Th-F)
    • June 29-30, 2020 (M-T)
    • July 13-14 (M-T) (includes Spanish interpretation for families)
    • July 16-17, 2020 (Th-F) (students only – no family program)
    • July 27-28 (M-T)
  • Orientation Express: One-day summer orientation program

    Orientation Express is a more compact variation of the Orientation Experience. This single-day, compressed program for first-year students focuses on academic advising and preparing the student for the basics of being a college student. Students will participate in workshops and presentations on campus safety, college life and getting involved.

    Most Orientation Express sessions include a simultaneous orientation program for families.

    Orientation Express dates:

    • Thursday, June 18 (includes Spanish interpretation for families)
    • Tuesday, June 23 (students only – no family program)
    • Tuesday, July 7 (students only – no family program)
    • Monday, August 3 (includes Spanish interpretation for families)
  • Orientation Transition: Transfer student orientation program

    Transferring to a new institution can be exciting, and can come with challenges. Orientation Transition is a single-day program that helps transfer students make a successful transition to the University of Nevada, Reno. Transfer students will participate in workshops on campus safety, community engagement and resources available to transfer students. Orientation transition does not include academic advising. Students signed up for this program should contact and advisor directly to discuss their academic schedule. For more information on advising, please visit our academic advising section.

    Orientation Transition dates

    • Friday, July 10
    • Monday, July 20
  • Summer orientation for parents and families

    We welcome families to participate in orientation, as well! Most summer orientation sessions include a separate, simultaneous program for parents and guests. The family program is an opportunity to get familiar with campus, connect with administrators and faculty, and participate in breakout sessions on topics ranging from safety to financial aid to easing your student’s transition. Students must register each parent or guest through their orientation registration account. Guest registrations can be made or canceled only by signing into the student’s orientation registration profile. All changes must be done ten (10) days prior to your session. Refunds will be issued, minus a $10 processing fee.

    Parent and guest orientation fees

    • There is a $75 per guest fee for Orientation Experience and Orientation Express programs
    • There is a $30 per guest fee for the Orientation Transition program
    • Guest fees are waived for families who qualify for an advanced registration fee waiver
    • Guest fees cover programming, materials and food
  • Información en Español

    La sesión para padres/invitados es parte de la experiencia general de la ORIENTACIÓN. Los segmentos de la sesión para padres son muy parecidos a los de la sesión para estudiantes, con sesiones de apoyo y preparación académica, bienestar y recreación dentro del campus y ajustes universitarios. Aunque la mayoría de los segmentos del programa para padres se realizan en forma separada de los estudiantes, hay tiempo para conectarse con el estudiante y de tratar ciertos asuntos mientras se encuentra en el campus. El programa para padres/invitados cuesta $75 por cada invitado. El costo cubre los materiales del programa, dos días de talleres y comidas incluyendo una comida formal con el personal académico en donde usted puede hacer preguntas en forma individual sobre la transición del estudiante.

    Interpretación en español esta disponible durante todas las sesiónes del programa en varias fechas durante junio y julio. Los padres/invitados pueden registrarse para la ORIENTACIÓN con la cuenta de reservación del estudiante, ubicada en la página de registración. En la página con las fechas del programa usted puede encontrar las fechas de dicho programa junto con otras fechas importantes.

    "Como padres que por primera vez tenemos un hijo que es estudiante universitario, sentimos que la elección de venir a University of Nevada, Reno fue la correcta. Honestamente no estamos ansiosos de que nuestro hijo se independice." - Derick, padre

    Al Finalizar El Programa De ORIENTACIÓN Los Padres/Invitados Deberían Tener:

    • Conocimiento de los recursos del campus para que puedan brindarle orientación adecuada al estudiante.
    • Conocimiento de la universidad, de la comunidad de Reno y sus alrededores.
    • Conocimiento de que el estudiante encontrará un ambiente que lo conducirá a su éxito personal y académico.
    • Un entendimiento de las exigencias de la universidad. La Orientación para padres tiene como objetivo general brindar un mayor conocimiento de los servicios e instrumentos disponibles en el campus para asistirlo a usted y al estudiante en una experiencia universitaria exitosa.

    Si fuera necesario cancelar la reservación, se descontará $20 del reembolso para gastos administrativos. Todos los pedidos de reembolso o cambios deberán ser realizados al menos una semana antes de la sesión de orientación que se programó. Por favor asegúrese que su reservación sea correcta antes de realizar cualquier pago.

    Vestimenta

    Cada sesión se llevará a cabo en los 255 acres del campus, el cual ofrece enormes oportunidades para explorar. Lo alentamos a que utilice ropa cómoda y zapatos para caminar, ya que varias de las sesiones podrán llevarse a cabo en distintos edificios dentro del campus. Qué llevar: Zapatos para caminar, el campus es grande y usted estará caminando hacia varios edificios. Ropa cómoda y acorde al tiempo. El mes de julio puede ser caluroso durante el día pero por la noche refresca. Pluma y papel, ya que podrá querer tomar notas.

    Viaje al campus

    El viaje a la universidad no está incluido dentro del programa de ORIENTACIÓN. Si viaja en avión es fácil llegar desde el aeropuerto Reno-Tahoe International Airport hasta la universidad, tarda aproximadamente 10 minutos tomando un taxi o automóvil. Si viaja en automóvil, es fácil de llegar al campus por la autopista interestatal 80 (I 80). Si precisa direcciones, por favor visite Google Map para obtener indicaciones de cómo llegar desde su ubicación específica hasta el estacionamiento Sierra Street Parking Garage (para el programa “Orientation Experience”) o West Stadium Parking Garage (para el programa “Orientation Express”).

Registration, accommodations and travel to campus

  • Eligibility

    Orientation is required for all first-year students. It is strongly recommended for all new transfer students. You are eligible to sign up for orientation when it appears on your MyNevada To-Do List. It appears only after you have completed Advanced Registration and certain immunizations.

  • Cost

    Orientation is covered by a New Student Fee that all new students pay as part their tuition. There is no additional cost for a student to sign up for and attend orientation. The cost to bring a family member is $75 per guest for Orientation Experience and Orientation Express, and $30 per guest for Orientation Transition. Guest fees are waived for families who qualify for an Advanced Registration fee waiver.

  • Registration

    As soon as you are eligible to sign up for orientation, you will be able to create an account in the VisualZen platform in order to register for your choice of date. Sessions fill up quickly and we don’t have waitlists. If a date does not appear in the list of options, it means the session is full and therefore closed. If your first choice of sessions is closed, you should sign up for a different date and check back often to see if spots open up. You can switch your session date up until ten (10) days prior to a session. You can register and pay for guests after selecting your session date. Registered students and guests will receive a confirmation email with full details.

  • Overnight accommodations

    Students attending Orientation Experience will stay overnight in a residence hall. Roommates will be randomly assigned for the night. Family members attending orientation should make arrangements for a place to stay off campus. The New Student Initiatives staff is happy to assist with hotel recommendations.

  • Traveling to campus

    The Reno-Tahoe International Airport is located about 15 minutes from campus. A rideshare or taxi trip from the airport will cost approximately $10. The University is easily accessed from Interstate 80 via N. Virginia Street.

  • Parking for orientation

    You can download and print a parking pass before you arrive, or pick up a parking pass at check-in.

    • Orientation Experience: Parking in Sierra Street Parking Garage, top two levels
    • Orientation Express: Parking in West Stadium Parking Complex, top two levels