First-Year Student Orientation

Registration for summer orientation will not be available until March 8th.

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 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.

The University offers one program for new, First Year students starting in the spring term. This single day program includes opportunities to attend a variety of workshops related to campus services. Learn more about your spring orientation option below.

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Overnight Program

Registration will begin March 8

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 will begin on March 8.

Please do not make travel arrangements prior to confirming your Orientation date. Final date availability is determined through the sign up system, as each session is limited by both total attendees, and individual college totals.

  • Monday-Tuesday, June 17-18
  • Thursday-Friday, June 20-21
  • Monday-Tuesday, July 8-9
  • Thursday-Friday, July 11-12
  • Monday-Tuesday, July 15-16
  • Thursday-Friday, July 18-19

Overnight Details: Students participating in the overnight program are expected to stay in the residence hall. Students will stay in The Nevada Living Learning Community and will be assigned a roommate. Sheets, blanket, pillow, and towels are provided. Please pack all clothing and toiletries you would need for an overnight trip, including workout wear, as there will be time to explore the E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center. Student and Parents must pack separately as they will stay in different rooms.

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. However, the parent program is separate and apart from the student program and follows a different schedule. Parents and students will be separate for the majority of the orientation. Parents are also welcome, but not required, to stay overnight in a residence hall. There is a $75 per guest fee to attend which covers programming, materials and meals. In addition, parents and guest who plan to stay overnight in a residence hall will be charged $55 per night.

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: On day one, the Welcome session will begin at 1:00 PM, followed by small group meetings and academic advising. Dinner will be provided. Additional activities and discussions follow throughout the evening, and wraps up with social activities in the LLC. Day two 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. Breakfast and lunch are provided. The program wraps up about 3:00 on day two.

Costs: Up-fronts costs to students are travel related and spending money. Orientation program expenses (meals and supplies) are included in the $150 student fee as part of the tuition and fees paid in August.

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. On day one, airport to campus shuttles run from 10 am-12:20pm. Orientation guests will be dropped off near the Nevada Living Learning Community. On day two campus to airport shuttles will run from 3:00 - 5:15pm, and will leave from the drop off location near the Nevada LLC.

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.

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.

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. 

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

Registration will begin March 8

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

Registration will begin on March 8.

Please do not make travel arrangements prior to confirming your Orientation date. Final date availability is determined through the sign up system, as each session is limited by both total attendees, and individual college totals.

  • Friday, June 14
  • Monday, June 24
  • Wednesday, June 26
  • Monday, July 1
  • Monday, July 22
  • Wednesday, July 24
  • Wednesday, July 31

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. However, the parent program is separate and apart from the student program and follows a different schedule. Parents and students will be separate for the majority of the orientation. There is a $75 per guest fee to attend which covers programming, materials and meals.

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

Session Times: The 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: Up-fronts costs to students are travel related and spending money. Orientation program expenses (meals and supplies) are included in the $150 fee as part of the tuition and fees paid in August. 

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.

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.

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.

The Spring 2020 orientation date will be announced by November 15, 2019.

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

Advising: This orientation program does not include academic advising. Students signed up for this program should contact an advisor directly to discuss their academic schedule. You will have a chance to meet with a representative from your college. For information on advising please visit unr.edu/advising.

Check-In: Check-in for the Transfer program is from 7:30 to 8:45 AM at the Joe Crowley Student Union (North Entrance).

Session Times: Welcome will be start at 9:00 AM, with various workshops, small groups and other activities following throughout the day and into the afternoon.

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 things are provided, yet please bring 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 Guests: We encourage parents and Guests to attend the orientation program, as their knowledge and awareness of campus resources assists in easing a student's transition to the University. Parents and Guests will follow the same schedule as students for this program.

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.

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 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.