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Fall Family Orientation

Rochester Ready Schedule

Rochester Ready, the online orientation program at the College, is designed to connect you to members of University of Rochester community and the many resources available to both you and your student. All sessions will be recorded and available for viewing with captioning following the presentations.

How to register for a session

Rochester Ready utilizes Zoom to remotely connect participants to share information including audio, video, and presentation content. In order to register for a Rochester Ready session:

  1. Click the plus sign next to the session title below to expand the box.
  2. Click on the Register Now button below the session description to be directed to the session's Zoom registration page.
  3. Enter your full name and email address on the session's Zoom registration page.
  4. A confirmation email with a link to join the session on its scheduled date and time will be sent to the email address you provided on the Zoom registration page. 
How to request disability accommodations

The University of Rochester is committed to providing inclusive experiences and equal access to programs and services. If you anticipate needing any type of disability accommodation during any of the live Rochester Ready sessions, use the button below to complete the Accommodation Request Form as soon as possible. In all situations, a good faith effort (up until the time of the event or program) will be made to provide accommodations. Learn more on the Accessibility and Accommodations page.

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Fall 2022 Family Sessions

Using the plus sign, expand the boxes below to learn more about the required Rochester Ready sessions, including registration information. To watch a video or recording with closed captions, click on the Watch Video or Watch Recording button under each session and click the CC button along the bottom toolbar once the video player has opened in a new tab.

June 21: International Families Information Session

Date Recorded: Tuesday, June 21, 2022
Recording Lengths: approximately 83 minutes

Molly Morrison, assistant dean of international student engagement, Dawn Bruner, director of parent and family relations, and Ravi Shankar, assistant vice provost and director of the International Services Office, provide an overview of key information for international parents and families to know, including arrival logistics, tuition bills, health and wellbeing services, career planning resources, and safety information.

Please note: Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties, the English-language recording of this Rochester Ready session is unavailable. Use the buttons below to view the session presentation, as well as video recordings in Mandarin and Spanish.

View Presentation Slides (PDF)  Watch Recording (Mandarin)  Watch Recording (Spanish) 

July 12: How to Support Your College Student

Date Recorded: Tuesday, July 12, 2022
Recording Length: approximately 58 minutes

Join Dawn Bruner, director of Parent and Family Relations, for a discussion about supporting your student during their first year at the University of Rochester. Learn more about communication tips, how your support will positively impact the success of your student, and the importance of becoming familiar with University resources and staying connected with the University.

Watch Recording

July 21: First-Generation Student and Family Welcome

Date Recorded: Thursday, July 21, 2022
Recording Length: approximately 49 minutes

Being the first or one of the first in a family to attend college is a special opportunity for not only a student, but their entire family. In this recording, Dawn Bruner, director of parent and family relations, and Melissa Raucci, assistant director for college programs in the David T. Kearns Center for Leadership and Diversity, welcome first-generation students and families to the University and answer questions.

Watch Recording

July 26: Student Activities and Campus Support Resources

Date Recorded: Tuesday, July 26, 2022
Recording Length
: approximately 35 minutes

Involvement can be helpful in supporting your student's success. Whether it be through a club, organization, or the CARE Network, this session will help you learn about the ways for your student to engage with others on campus and who to turn to if you're concerned about their adjustment.

Watch Recording

August 2: Career Services and Resources

Date Recorded: Tuesday, August 2, 2022
Recording Length
: approximately 30 minutes

The Greene Center for Career Education and Connections can help your student build habits to explore and test out their interests and make decisions about what they want to do next and in the future. This session will review how the University of Rochester community works together to support your student as they explore careers, gain experience, and connect with alumni and employers.

Watch Recording


Fall 2022 Student Sessions

As the parent or family member of an incoming student, you also have access to attend or watch your student's Rochester Ready sessions. Use the buttons below to view the first-year and transfer student Rochester Ready sessions to find links to register for live sessions, watch live session recordings, and watch pre-recorded videos on topics including academic advising, billing and financial aid, health services, and public safety. 

View First-Year Student Sessions

View Transfer Student Sessions

Please note: A few of the student Rochester Ready videos are only available for students to watch by signing into their accounts on Blackboard, the University's learning management system. Parents and family members do not have access to Blackboard and therefore, will not be able to view these videos.