Orientation Overview

Each summer the Office of New Student Programs offers orientation sessions for the parents and adult family members of new students admitted for the Fall Term. Freshman Parent & Family Orientation programs are two-days in length and over 30 sessions are offered throughout the summer for parents of Fall Term students. 

In addition, Parent & Family Orientation is also offered for parents of Summer Term students. (Families of students participating in the Summer Bridge Program should contact the Comprehensive Studies Program for information about Summer Bridge Parent & Family Orientation).  

Parent & Family Orientation, run separately from the student program, focuses on a variety of topics of interest to parents and family members. These include living on campus, money management, academic requirements, health services, personal and property safety, student life, and family transition. These presentations are given by faculty and staff, as well as current University students. Parent & Family Orientation is recommended for all families of new freshmen, but it is especially helpful for families sending their first student to the University of Michigan. 

Although parents and family members may attend Orientation on the same date as their student, please remember that the family and student programs are entirely separate; there are no scheduled meetings between family members and students during Orientation. The Freshman Orientation programs and the Parent & Family Orientation programs have separate itineraries and are located in separate buildings.

Ranging in size from 80 - 220 people, each Parent & Family Orientation group is led by three specially trained student leaders. These leaders share their impressions and experiences concerning University life with each group and are available to answer most any question.

Parent & Family Orientation Invitations

The Parent & Family Orientation invitation postcard is mailed to your student’s permanent address (listed in Wolverine Access). We will begin mailing postcards in mid-April to the homes of students who have paid their $300 enrollment deposit fee.  If there are family members who do not live at the student’s permanent address (listed in Wolverine Access) who would like orientation information, please call the Office of New Student Programs at (734) 764-6413 and request that an orientation postcard be mailed to separate address.

Space in the Parent & Family Orientation program is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Walk-ins for the Parent & Family Orientation program will be accepted on a space-available basis and are generally not available on Sundays. You must register at least two weeks in advance of your desired program date.

Most families choose to begin their Parent & Family Orientation program on the same date that their student begins the Student Orientation program. Your student's school or college determines which dates are available for the Parent & Family Orientation program, and not all schools/colleges offer orientation programs on every day. If you and your student have flexible travel and work arrangements, we encourage you to attend an orientation program that does not begin on Sunday. This allows more spaces for families who do not have flexible schedules. We appreciate it!

We understand that it is important for students and family members to communicate about orientation plans. We encourage you to review the Freshman Orientation program information so that you and your student can compare schedules and make plans. 

 

How to Register for Parent & Family Orientation

Your student will register you for Parent & Family Orientation when they register for their Orientation. Space in the program is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Walk-ins will be accepted on a space-available basis and are generally not available on Sundays. In the event that you would like to attend Parent & Family Orientation and your student forgot to register you, please contact the Office of New Student Programs at (734) 764-6413 to register by phone. Please register at least two weeks in advance of your desired program date.

Most families choose to begin their Parent & Family Orientation program on the same date that their student begins the Student Orientation program. Be sure to confirm your student's Orientation dates prior to registering for the Parent & Family Orientation program. 

Your student's school or college determines which dates are available for the Parent & Family Orientation program, and not all schools/colleges offer orientation programs on every day. If you and your student have flexible travel and work arrangements, we encourage you to attend an orientation program that does not begin on Sunday. This allows more spaces for families who do not have flexible schedules. We appreciate it!

If for some reason, you are unable to attend Parent & Family Orientation on the same date as your student, or if your student has any difficulty signing you up for a Parent & Family Orientation date, we will be happy to assist you. Please call the Office of New Student Programs at (734) 764-6413 and we will register you by phone. Please note that your student must be already registered for Freshman Orientation before we will be able to register a parent or family member by phone.