Parent/Family Orientation Program

Welcome to the golden bear community!

Maybe you are about to become a college parent for the first time, or maybe you've been one for years. No matter the stage you're in, we know that selecting a university for your child is one of the most important things you'll do! We want to help you make an informed choice by providing detailed information about financing a college education, on-campus living, commuting, academics, and the power of student involvement. 

The KU Parent/Family Orientation Program is an optional, separate, half-day program on the same date and time as your student's orientation. Your student can register you when they sign up for their required orientation. Seating for parent/family orientation is limited. Speak to your student and review the dates/times listed below. 

orientation Agenda

The Parent/Family Orientation is an optional program. If you have an older child in college, this program may repeat topics you are familiar with such as financial aid, living on campus, and academics. Please feel free to explore KU's campus or visit our amazing downtown area while your student attends their required orientation. 

Topics covered at Parent/Family Orientation include:

  • paying for college
  • academics
  • health and safety
  • housing/residence life, dining 
  • commuting to campus
  • student services
FALL 2024 - parent/family orientation

For parents/family members of first-time attending students who will begin their college career in August 2024, we offer an optional orientation on the same time/date as the freshman orientation program. Please note, that these are separate programs. You will meet your student at the end of the program.

     Speak to your student about registering you for Parent/Family Orientation!

Wednesday, June 12, 2024 - (8 AM - 1:30 PM) 
Thursday, June 13, 2024 - (11:00 AM-3:30 PM)
Friday, June 14, 2024 - (11:00 AM - 3:30 PM)
Saturday, June 15, 2024 - (8 AM - 1:30 PM)
Wednesday, July 10, 2024 - (11:00 AM - 3:30 PM)
Thursday, July 11, 2024 - (8 AM - 1:30 PM)
Friday, July 12, 2024 - (11:00 AM - 3:30 PM)
Saturday, July 13, 2024 - (8 AM - 1:30 PM)

  1. Students must first pay their advanced registration deposit in order to register for orientation.
  2. Remind your student to take the Aleks Math Placement before attending orientation.
  3. View the Guide for First Time Students for helpful information on financial aid and tuition payment.
  4. Please visit the Veterans/Military Services website for helpful information on processing paperwork.

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