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The Rebel Family

College is not only an exciting and transitional time in your student’s life – but in yours as well. As a family member, you are integral to your student’s experience and success here at UNLV. Visit our campus, join us for events, and welcome to the Rebel family.

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Get connected to the UNLV Family Network

Our goal is to create a cohesive community of parents and family members of UNLV students to promote student success and well-being. This is achieved through consistent communication, intentional programming, and accessibility to campus resources and support services.

Programs and Events

Family Orientation

During Family Orientation, you will hear from inspiring speakers, learn about the resources available for your student, and receive information on how to help them prepare for a successful first semester. Our orientation team will also discuss how you and your student may be feeling about this new chapter in their lives.

Rebel Ready Week

We encourage parents and families to join us during Rebel Ready Week for Family Day each August. The event is free and registration is required.

Programming includes attending a college welcome with your student, a family lunch with UNLV campus leaders, and family-specific programming about student success. Other sessions cover the first-year experience, financial aid, and philanthropy and alumni engagement. You'll meet back up with your student for a send-off at the end of the day.

Family Day During Rebel Homecoming

Hundreds of parents and family members of students are expected to visit campus for Family Day, held in October. Activities include a jazz brunch and attending the UNLV Football game.

Historic Awards Honor Families Who Love UNLV

This fall, UNLV’s offices for Family Programs and Alumni Engagement are excited to revive a cherished tradition: honoring Rebel families. During Homecoming, two distinct family awards will be presented, with recognition taking place at both the Alumni Awards ceremony and the Rebel Homecoming football game. Winners will be rewarded with four tickets to the alumni dinner, access to the Homecoming tailgate pregame event, tickets to the football game, and a commemorative plaque to mark this special achievement. Notifications to winning families will be sent out in early October. Do you know a Rebel family proudly donning the scarlet and gray? Nominate them today for one of these prestigious awards.

Support Your Student

Transitioning to college life can be daunting, and we encourage you to keep the lines of communication open with your student. As they are gaining their independence and a new sense of self, it’s important to continue engaging in meaningful conversations. Your guidance can significantly impact their success and overall well-being.

It may be helpful to talk about your expectations of each other before the start of the semester. Consider discussing the following:

  • How often should we touch base - daily, weekly, as needed?
  • How do you prefer we communicate - texting, phone calls, video chats?
  • How do you want me to be supportive of you throughout the year?
  • Would you prefer heart-to-heart discussions or that I just listen?
  • Are there particular types of decisions you may accept advice on?
  • Should we set boundaries for specific topics?

During the year, checking in on your student’s health and well-being will also be important. Be sure to ask how they’re feeling. Are they excited and enjoying college, or are they anxious and concerned? Talk to them about seeking out resources if they’re feeling overwhelmed and stressed or even if they’re struggling with a particular course. The university has the support and resources they need to thrive.

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Letters from Home

Write your student a letter from home! Your student will receive their letter sometime during their first semester. Let them know you're thinking of them and supporting them no matter where they are.

To participate, use our Letters from Home Stationery on your computer or mobile device. Save the file and email it to: parents@unlv.edu with your student's name and NSHE number.


Savannah Baltera

Director of New Student Orientation, Transition, and Family Programs
Savannah Baltera
Office: SSC-B 216
Phone: 702-774-8026

Michael Pascua

Family Engagement Coordinator
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Phone: 702-774-8658

Isabel Ferguson

Family Programs Graduate Assistant
Isabel Ferguson
Office: SSC-B 213S
Phone: 702-774-2942