Summer and Fall 2022 Parent & Family Orientation Schedules will be posted here in April.

Below is a previous schedule from 2021 Parent & Family Orientation (Changes will occur for 2022. Please do not make travel arrangements based on these 2021 schedules.):

Day 1

* Designates special sessions only for parents and family members.


8:00 – 8:45 a.m. Ferguson Student Center, 2nd floor
Receive your materials, nametag, and information for the day. (New UA students must be registered in advance for Bama Bound.)

Welcome to The University of Alabama

9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Ferguson Center Ballroom, 3rd floor
Meet the Orientation Staff who will assist you throughout your orientation experience.

Dismissal of Families – At this time, families are dismissed to attend family-only sessions. Parents and family members will rejoin students at the end of programming.

Parent Ambassador Small Group *

9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Various Locations
Parent Ambassadors will provide an opportunity to get to know one another and learn about student involvement on campus through a small group presentation.

College Visit

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Various Locations
During this session, you will learn of opportunities within your student’s academic area and begin conversations about your student’s class schedule.

Lunch *

12 – 1 p.m. Ferguson Center Food Court, 2nd floor
Enjoy lunch with other parents and guests alongside the Parent Ambassadors. * Only debit/credit forms of payment will be accepted.

Transition to Life on Campus *

1 – 1:20 p.m. Ferguson Center Theater, 2nd floor
Housing and Residential Communities will present tips to help you prepare your student to make UA their home away from home.

Bama Basics *

1:20 – 1:45 p.m. Ferguson Center Theater, 2nd floor
Learn from Parent Ambassadors about services students use daily; everything from dining, transportation, and more!

Supporting your Student’s Wellness *

1:45 – 2:10 p.m. Ferguson Center Theater, 2nd floor
Parent Ambassadors will present UA’s holistic view of student wellness with information about a large number of campus resources dedicated to supporting student wellness.

Supporting Students’ Safety on Campus *

2:10 – 2:30 p.m. Ferguson Center Theater, 2nd floor
University Police will share information about UAPD’s services and programs and provide effective tips for reminding your student to stay safe on campus.

Way to Pay at UA *

2:30 – 2:50 p.m. Ferguson Center Theater, 2nd floor
Learn from Student Account Services representatives about the process and options for payment at UA.

Next Steps *

2:50 – 3 p.m. Ferguson Center Theater, 2nd floor
Parent & Family Programs staff will walk you through what you can expect over the next few months and beyond.

Additional On-Demand Programming

Maximizing Students’ Experiences – Hear from Student Life leadership about the ways families can be involved in maximizing the experience of all students.

Diversity Initiatives at UA – Learn about the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the programs available for all UA students.

Crucial Conversations – You student has not yet left the nest. A staff member from Parent & Family Programs will help you navigate some of the important family conversations to have in preparation for your student’s transition to UA.

Involvement Sessions – Choose your own sessions to learn from the campus units that are most relevant to you and/or your student.