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Parents & Family

Parent & Family Orientation

Parent and family orientation will take place from August 22-23, 2018. Parents and families arriving with international students on August 20 will be invited to participate in international parents and families programming on August 21.

Both international and domestic parents and families are welcome to attend the orientation programs on August 22 and 23. The information covered in the international parents orientation is different from what's covered in the general parent's orientation. 

Click here to register for Parent and Family Orientation.

Parent and family orientation begins by helping your child check in to their residence hall, followed by an on-campus EXPO, Convocation, an evening dinner just for parents and families, a faculty lecture, information sessions, tours, and other special events lasting until 9 p.m.

Parent and family orientation sessions begin the next day at 8 a.m. and go until 4:30 p.m. They include programming to help parents and families gain a better understanding of how the University is run and how to help your student navigate the systems. This includes sessions with representatives from:

  • Dean of first-year students
  • Residential life and housing services
  • Dining
  • Public safety
  • Undergraduate research
  • University Health Service (UHS) and University Counseling Center (UCC)
  • Parent and family relations
  • Information technology

At the end of the day day, there is an opportunity for parents, families, and students in their respective schedules to have dinner before students return for more programming. If a student has a sibling coming with you to the program, more information can be see on the sibling information sheet

Before you head back home, you can attend a reception hosted by the deans and directors to get a few questions answered, grab a business card for future reference, and reflect on your orientation experience.

Don't forget about Meliora Weekend! All parents are invited back to campus in October for Meliora Weekend which encompasses family weekend, a showcase of student and faculty/staff talent, and homecoming activities.

The complete parent and family orientation schedule will be available in Mid-August for more detailed information.


Please contact the orientation staff with questions at (585) 275-4414 or