Parent / Family Orientation

When students enroll in college, parents and families may feel both excited and nervous. The academic challenges, new connections, and development of interests and strengths are an incredible opportunity, and families are also wondering about university housing, food, campus safety, career opportunities and financing this educational experience.

View the 2024 Family Orientation Schedule

Student with his family

New Student and Family Orientation Schedule and Important Information 2024

Parent and Family Orientation is a separate track from New Student Orientation and takes place on the first day of each orientation session. More information about Fall 2024 Parent and Family Orientation will be available later in the spring semester. To see an example of the Parent and Family Orientation schedule, please look at page 5 of the Summer 2023 Orientation Schedule. Please visit the Parent and Family website for information on parent and family engagement.

Orientation Sessions

  1. Wednesday, June 12th- Thursday, June 13th
  2. Monday, June 17th -Tuesday, June 18th
  3. Thursday, June 20th -Friday, June 21st
  4. Sunday, June 23rd -Monday, June 24th
  5. Wednesday June 26th -Thursday, June 27th

Program Goals

  • Learn how to help your students prepare for success in college and beyond. 
  • Learn more about what it means to be a “college parent.”
  • Be introduced to the valuable resources necessary for student academic, personal, and career success.
  • Meet other parents/family members and begin to build relationships with your new community.

Parking at Orientation

West Campus Residence Complex is located at 160 Wintergreen Avenue, New Haven, CT 06515. There is ample parking in the West Campus Garage located behind West Campus where you will be directed upon arrival. Please visit this page for directions and additional parking. 

Beyond Orientation

Connect with Southern and learn how Southern supports parents and families through this journey.

Contact Orientation, Transition & Family Engagement for questions about orientation.