Parent and Family

Parent and Family Orientation

Each of our New Student Orientation programs have concurrent Parent & Family orientation, because we realize you are a key portion to your student's success! These specially designed sessions will help you successfully transition your student to college life here at UAH.

At Orientation you will...

  • Meet with faculty and staff who will provide academic and career counseling for your student
  • Discover university resources exclusively designed to ensure that your student has a successful college experience
  • Finalize all of your student's needs for a successful academic year
  • Meet other Charger Family members
  • And much more!

Parent & Family Freshman Orientation

The cost for each family member or guest to attend is $70 payable during online registration. If your family and guests would like to stay on campus, the cost is $90 per guest (excluding the August 13-14 NSO). Orientation includes lunch and dinner on day 1 and breakfast on day 2. 


If your student is attending a First-Time Freshman Orientation there is on-campus housing available for guests (exception of August 13-14). Please register for on-campus housing when registering for your preferred orientation date. Please note our Transitions Orientations are 1-day events and housing is not provided. If you would like to stay at an area hotel please visit accommodations.

If you or your student have special needs because of a disability, please indicate during orientation registration or call New Student Orientation at  256.824.4720 so we can make appropriate arrangements to assist you during orientation.

Parent FAQ

How can I help my student prepare?

Help your student prepare by going through the Pre-Orientation Guide together! This guide, along with orientation, will help answer all your questions and complete all the needed steps for a successful enrollment here at UAH. Remind your student that orientation is important to their success. Encourage them to meet other students and take notes during the sessions.

What can I expect at Orientation?

Whether or not you have visited UAH previously, New Student Orientation will provide you a lot of new information. Be ready to take notes and ask questions. Orientation is packed with activity. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. There might even be a prize for family members who remember to wear their Charger Blue apparel! Also note that Orientation is a very fun and spirited atmosphere for your student, so don't be surprised if you see your student singing or dancing with other current students.

Stay Involved through Parent & Family Programs

Orientation will not be the only programing you see for Charger Parents. You will hear more about the year-around programs and opportunities for you to engage with your student during their academic journey. Make sure you grab information on our Family Weekend!