First-Year Student Orientation

The University offers two programs for first-year students starting in the fall or summer terms: Overnight and Single Day. Both programs contain group time to meet with academic advisors/representatives concerning course schedules, spend time with other students, attend a variety of workshops and meet with Orientation Guides. Parents may attend specialized sessions during either the Single or Overnight Program. Learn more about your new student options below. 

Make-Up session just added.  This is an afternoon through evening session on August 23rd.  It consists of various workshops addressing campus transition needs.  This portion does NOT include academic advising.  You will need to conatct your academic advisor separately to have your advising hold removed.

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Overnight Program

The Overnight Program offers a variety of workshops on student services, provides additional peer interaction opportunities, and allows students to stay in the residence halls for a night.

Registration for summer 2018 orientation will be available on March 1

Summer 2018 Overnight Orientation Dates

  • Monday-Tuesday, June 18-19   Closed
  • Thursday-Friday, June 21-22*  Closed
  • Monday-Tuesday, July 9-10   Closed
  • Thursday-Friday, July 12-13*  Closed
  • Monday-Tuesday, July 16-17  Closed
  • Thursday-Friday, July 19-20  Closed

* Spanish speaking options available for select parent workshops

Check-In: Check-in for the Overnight program is from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM at the Nevada Living Learning Community (LLC). Once a student is checked in, they will need to store their belongs in their assigned room, and then head to the Joe Crowley Student Union for the start of the orientation program.

Session Times: The session will start at 1:00 PM, with the Weclcome, followed by small group meetings and academic advising.  Dinner is the first meal provided. Additional activities and discussions following throughout the evening, and wraps up with social activities in the LLC. The morning begins with check-out and breakfast before moving into a variety of workshops and discussions regarding student success,  and opportunities to handle campus business throughout the afternoon.  The program wraps up about 3:00 on day 2 for most students.

Costs: All new students pay a mandatory $150 fee when tuition and fees are paid in August. The orientation program expenses (meals and supplies) are paid for out of this fee and through campus partner contributions. Up-fronts costs to students are travel-related, spending money, and additional night stay time (if needed).

What to Wear: Each session takes place on the 255-acre University of Nevada campus. Please wear comfortable clothing and footwear, as many spaces throughout campus are utilized throughout the program.

What to Bring: Most required items are provided, yet you will want to bring a pen and paper to take notes, as well as appropriate clothing (Reno weather can fluctuate throughout the day), and overnight items. Bring workout wear for your time at the Wiegand Fitness Center. Spending money is also nice, but not required.

Overnight Details: Students participating in the overnight program are expected to stay in the residence hall. The Nevada Living Learning Community is a suite style hall, meaning that students should have a roommate and multiple suitemates sharing common space. Sheets, blanket, pillow, and towels are provided; yet soap and other toiletries are not. Please pack all clothing you would need for an overnight trip, including workout wear, as there will be time to explore the E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center. Please also pack a separate bag if you are attending with your parents and friends as you will not be staying in the same room/suite.

WolfCard: While attending orientation you will have your picture taken and receive your WolfCard. Please bring a picture ID so you may pick up your WolfCard. 

Parents and Family: We encourage parents and family to attend the orientation program, as their knowledge and awareness of campus resources assists in easing a student's transition to the University. Yet, this is a separate program, and where students and parents follow a different schedule at the conclusion of the welcome through mid-day on the second day.

Travel to Campus: Travel to the University is not included as part of the Orientation program. If traveling by plane, the university is easily accessed from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, located about 15 minutes from campus. If traveling by car, campus is easily accessed from Interstate 80 via North Virginia Street.

Airport to Campus Shuttle: We offer an airport to campus shuttle service during the Orientation season. Please proceed to baggage claim to be directed to the shuttle.  Arrivals shuttles are on day one of the program from 10 am-12:20pm, and will take Orientation guests fromthe airport to campus.  Departure shuttles are on day two of the program from 3:00 - 5:15pm, and will leave from the drop off location near the Nevada Living Learning Community.

Parking: Space has been allocated in the Sierra Garage, entrance located at 1264 North Sierra Street, for ease of access to the Nevada Living Learning Community. A parking permit will be available on this website one week prior to your orientation date.

Disability Accommodations: New Student Initiatives wants to ensure that students and their families with disabilities are able to fully participate in Orientation. Please indicate your accommodation needs during the sign up process or be re-access your account. You may also email us at orientation@unr.edu your specific request. Students are also encouraged to contact the Disability Resource Center (775-784-6000) prior to Orientation so you may schedule a meeting time while on campus.

STUDENT SCHEDULE - subject to change

DAY ONE

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM: Check-in at Nevada Living Learning Community
1:00 PM: Welcome @ Joe Crowley Student Union
1:30 PM: Orientation Groups
2:00 PM: Transition Programming: Health, Safety, Inclusivity and more
5:00 PM: Dinner
6:00 PM: Orientation Groups
7:00 PM: Campus Recreation and Sports
8:00 PM: Transition Programming: College Life & Expectations
9:30 PM: Orientation Groups & Social Activities

DAY TWO

7:30 AM: Room check out and breakfast
8:30 AM: Super Services Session 
9:15 AM: Small Group discussion
9:30 AM: Academic Advising - group format
12:00 PM: Lunch & Information Fair
1:30 PM: Campus Pride & Traditions
2:15 PM: Special Interest Workshops, Follow-up Advising; & Individualized Meetings

Single Day Program

The Single Day Program is concentrated around the academic transition from high school to college and only offers limited peer and small group interaction.

Summer 2018 Single Day Orientation Dates:

  • Friday, June 15   CLOSED
  • Monday, June 25*  CLOSED
  • Thursday, June 28   CLOSED
  • Monday, July 2   CLOSED
  • Friday, July 6  CLOSED
  • Wednesday, July 25   CLOSED
  • Friday, July 27*   CLOSED
  • AUGUST 1 - JUST ADDED

* Spanish speaking options available for select parent workshops

Registration for summer 2018 orientation will begin on March 1. Final date availability is determined through the sign up system, as each session is limited by both total attendees, and individual college totals.  Please do not make travel arrangements prior to confirming your Orientation date.

Check-In: Check-in for the Single Day program is from 7:30-8:30 AM at the Joe Crowley Student Union.

Session Times: Welcome will be start at 8:30 AM, with various workshops, small groups and other activities following throughout the day and into the evening. Breakfast snacks, lunch and dinner are provided.

Costs: All new students pay a mandatory $150 fee when tuition and fees are paid in August. The orientation program expenses (meals and supplies) are paid for out of this fee and through campus partner contributions. Up-fronts costs to students are travel related and spending money.

What to Wear: Each session takes place on the 255-acre University of Nevada campus. Please wear comfortable clothing and footwear, as many spaces throughout campus are utilized throughout the program.

What to Bring: Most required items are provided, yet please bring a pen and paper to take notes and appropriate clothes (Reno weather can fluctuate throughout the day). Spending money is also nice, but not required.

WolfCard: While attending Orientation you will have your picture taken and receive your WolfCard. Please bring a picture ID so you may pick up your WolfCard.

Parents and Family: We encourage parents and family to attend the orientation program, as their knowledge and awareness of campus resources assists in easing a student’s transition to the University. Yet, this is a separate program, and where students and parents follow different schedules, and meeting up for lunch and evening workshops.

Travel to Campus: Travel to the University is not included as part of the orientation program. If traveling by plane, the University is easily accessed from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, located about 10 minutes from campus. If traveling by car, campus is easily accessed from Interstate 80 via North Virginia Street.

Airport to Campus Shuttle: We offer an airport to campus shuttle service during the Orientation season. Please proceed to baggage claim to be directed to the shuttle.  Shuttle service to campus operates from 6:30 - 8:20 am. Return service operates from 6:30-8:45 pm. drop off and pick up location is at the Joe Crowley Student Union. 

Parking: Space has been allocated in the West Stadium Parking Complex, entrance located at Virginia Street. A parking permit will be available on this website 1 week prior to your orientation date.

Disability Accommodations: New Student Initiatives wants to ensure that students and their families with disabilities are able to fully participate in Orientation. Please indicate your accommodation needs during the sign up process or be re-access your account. You may also email us at orientation@unr.edu your specific request. Students are also encouraged to contact the Disability Resource Center (775-784-6000) prior to Orientation so you may schedule a meeting time while on campus.

STUDENT SCHEDULE
*Tentative, subject to change

7:30 - 8:30 AM: Check-In at Joe Crowley Student Union (North Entrance)
8:30 AM: Welcome – Joe Crowley Student Union
9:00 AM: Orientation Groups
9:30 AM: Academic Advising - group format
12:00 PM: Lunch & Information Fair
1:00 PM: Transition Programming: Health, Safety, Inclusivity and more
5:00 PM: Dinner & Orientation Groups
6:00 PM: Transition Programming: College Life & Expectations
7:00 PM: Campus Pride & Traditions
7:30 PM:  Optional Residence Hall Tour

Spring Orientation

The Spring Program satisfies the attend orientation task on your to-do list. It includes a variety of workshops aimed at student success, yet this orientation program does not include academic advising. Students signed up for this program should contact an advisor directly to discuss their academic schedule.

Spring 2019 Orientation is TBD

7:30 - 8:45 AM: Check-In at Joe Crowley Student Union (North Entrance)
9:00 AM: Welcome - Joe Crowley Student Union
10:00 AM: Workshops - Academic Success, Campus Involvement
11:00 AM: College Contact & Academic Overview
12:00 PM: Lunch & Information Fair
1:30 PM: Campus Tours
3:00 PM: Workshops - Campus Safety, Campus Connections, Campus Resources
4:00 PM: Special Interest Workshops & Individual Follow-Up Meetings

*Tentative, subject to change