Fall Welcome is an opportunity to connect with faculty, staff, students and fellow Buff families. We will offer specific in-person and virtual sessions and programs for families and hope you can join us. 

 Buff Family Welcome Tents​
Stop by our Buff Family Welcome tents to pick up some free Buff Family swag and speak with a Journey Leader! You can stop and get your questions answered, or write a Letter from Home to send words of encouragement to your student. We are excited to welcome you to the Buff family!

These Buff Family Welcome Tents will be located in Williams Village, Kittredge neighborhood, Farrand Field and at the UMC South Terrace Tent on the following days:

  • Monday, Aug. 15 | 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 16 | 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 17 | 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug.18 | 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Family Orientation Sessions

 Family Orientation: Navigating the Transition

Join New Student and Family Programs in this family orientation presentation that will cover our tips to help support you as a family member as you navigate the college journey with your student. We will provide you with an overview of campus resources that are helpful for families and help you stay connected. Seating is first-come first serves for the in-person sessions. 

  • Monday, Aug. 15 | 1 p.m. | CASE Auditorium 
  • Tuesday, Aug. 16 | 1 p.m. | CASE Auditorium 
  • Wednesday, Aug. 17 | 1 p.m. | CASE Auditorium 
  • Thursday, Aug. 18 | 1 p.m. | Zoom | Register here

Family Orientation: College Ready 2022 Book Club 

Join New Student and Family Programs and other parents, family members and support systems as we talk about the topics in the book College Ready 2022. Please note you do not need to have read the full book to join the conversation! We will use the book as a guide to our conversation, but will use this space to talk about top-of-mind concerns including packing, money, staying connected, and supporting academic success. You are welcome to attend one or multiple of the book club meetings. Each meeting will have its own unique feel depending on the people in the room and what topics, advice, and conversations are shared. Learn more our book club.


 Buff Family Lounge and Ask a Journey Leader

Stop by the Buff Family Lounge between Family Orientation sessions to take a break, mingle and meet other Buff Families, ask a Journey Leader a question about campus resources or enjoy some light refreshments. 

  • Monday, Aug. 15- Wednesday Aug. 18 | 1-3 p.m. | CASE Chancellor’s Hall  


 Family Orientation: Successfully Launching Your Young Adult with CAPS

This “launching phase” in a family can be wonderful, difficult and confusing all at the same time, both for students and parents as the family structure shifts, and roles change to accommodate your student’s transition to adulthood. Come learn about tools, strategies and resources to help your student through this transition while allowing them the autonomy to be adults. Presented by Counseling and Psychiatric Services. If you can't make this session, we will be hosting it again during Family Weekend!

  • Monday, Aug. 15 | 2 p.m. | CASE Auditorium  

 Differences Between High School and College: Your Student's Transition with Disability Services 

Going to college can be a significant transition for both student and family. For many students, this is the first time they are separating from family and moving toward independence. This is an exciting time but the transition can also bring up concerns for all involved. Students with disabilities and their families must also understand what it means to transition to a university with a disability and what steps to take in order to receive support from Disability Services at CU Boulder.

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