Frequently Asked Questions

Why I Should Come

  • To schedule and register for fall classes
  • To meet with an academic adviser
  • To experience campus life
  • To leave campus with your fall schedule
  • **You must attend both days of the two-day session, or all of the one-day session. The two-day session starts at 11:30 AM on the first day and ends at 12 noon on the second; the one-day session starts at 8 a.m. ends at 4 p.m.
  • Orientation is a required program. 

Preparing for Orientation

  • You may make a reservation, beginning April 23. Return to this site then to make a reservation, To assure your choice, make your reservation well before May 14. Select overnight if you wish to spend the night on-campus in Stoke Hall.  Most students do. Lunch is included at no cost in the one day program. There is no charge, and dinner and breakfast are included.
  • Your parents should indicate if they’ll be attending the Parents Program. If they want to spend the night on campus, they should make a separate reservation through UNH Conferences. The reservation site will be available here in late April. Note: there is a fee for parents overnight, and parents must cover the cost of any meals on campus.
  • Beginning April 22, review the course planning information here for your college/school for your college or school. 

Parents/Family/Friends at June Orientation

  • Yes, bring your parents. We cannot, however, accommodate friends. Information about our Parents Program.

Orientation Check-in 

JUNE 1-2, 4-5, 8-9, 15-16

Students  11:30 AM-1:15 PM Stoke Hall
Parents    12 noon-1 PM Memorial Union

JUNE 11 & 18

Students   8 - 9 AM  Stoke Hall, Thompson School students should go directly to Barton/Cole
Parents     8 - 9 AM  Memorial Union.

Program Schedules

  • Program Schedules, avaialble in March 

Housing for Students

  • The first night of the two session, you sleep in Stoke Hall.  
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  • Please bring your sleeping bag, pillow, towel, toothbrush, and money for snacks.

Meals during Orientation

  • If you attend the 2 day program, dinner and breakfast are provided at no charge.
  • Inexpensive lunch and dinner are available on campus for parents. 
  • If you attend the one day program, lunch will be provided at no cost.
  • An inexpensive lunch is available for parents at the one-day program.

What to Bring 

  • Your Social Security Card or driver's license for your photo ID.
  • A notebook and pen.
  • Sleeping bag, pillow, and towel (if you’re spending the night) and extra cash for late night snacks.

Housing for Parents

Area Accommodations and Restaurants

I Have a Disability 

  • Disability Services provides services for students with documented physical, psychological, medical and/or learning disabilities. These services may include: accessible classrooms; specialized software; van transportation on campus; classroom accommodations—note takers, extended exam time, interpreters for the deaf—and other appropriate accommodations as requested and supported by documentation. Documentation of your disability is required and should be sent well in advance.

  • Please contact DSS at (603) 862-2607 V/TTY prior to attending Orientation so that we will be aware of your needs and may make the necessary arrangements for you. While you are here for Orientation, we strongly urge you to meet with the Access Office staff to plan and discuss needs for accommodation.

Parking during June Orientation 

  • Parking for Orientation is located on campus in Lot A.  You do not need a parking permit. More information on campus parking.


  • Off Campus and Commuter Services assists off-campus students in problem solving and locating the resources they need. If you aren't sure where to go next, come to the Leadership Center, Memorial Union, suite 122. Or call us at (603) 862-0303.

  • A list of off-campus housing options in the Seacoast area is available on-line at. Printed resources range from sublease agreements and renters’ rights brochures, to where to study on campus and how to get involved. Pickup your UNH and Durham Community Guide for UNH Commuters during the Orientation Resource Fair.

  • In addition, the Information Desk in the Memorial Union is open seven days a week. The desk has jumper cables to loan, and bus and parking information. Lockers are also available for rent on a semester basis.


Pre-Orientation Programs

  • CONNECT is an optional program for first-year and transfer students of color, held just before fall orientation and usually the last week in August. Students of color will have the opportunity to meet upper-class students of color, faculty, staff and become familiar with the UNH campus before the majority population arrives.

  • UNH Proves (PreOrientation Volunteer Experience in Service) is a week long program prior to Wildcat Days.  Student participate in volunteer community activities in the seacoast, develop leadership skills, and get to know the University and the Seacoast area.

  • PAWS is preorientation program through Campus Recreation, just prior to Wildcat Days.

  • The UNH Outing Club runs a series of outdoor adventure trips prior to Wildcat Days.

  • Marine Immersion is a credit-experience at the Isles of Shoals Marine Lab just before Wildcat Days.

Wildcat Days

  • Wildcat Days begins the fall semester for all new studeents. You are expected to participate in all program acitvities.

Opportunities for Multicultural Students

  • The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA), located in the Memorial Union Building, is committed to advocating and affirming diversity at the University, providing support services to students of color—African-American, Latino(a), and Native American—and to sexual minorities. 


  • The university provides support for veterans and those who are now or have been in miltiary service. E-mail us for more information. 

Still have questions

  • Email our First-Year Programs office or call us (603 862 3488) weekdays from 8:30 – 4:30 (Eastern time). If you call after hours, leave a message with your name, phone number, and time when you may be reached, and we’ll call you back.