For Parents and Family Members

  • Commencement Student and ParentsDue to time constraints, we are unable to offer Parent and Family Orientations for the late August, December, and January orientations.

    Parent and Family Member Orientation Registration

    Effectively parenting a college freshman can be complicated, whether the student is a new freshman or a transfer student facing transition. Therefore, the IUP Spring/Summer Parent and Family Orientation Program is committed to providing parents and families with the information necessary to help facilitate student successes in and transition to college. We hope you join us!

    Parent and Family Orientation takes place simultaneously with the two-day freshman student program or the one-day transfer student Orientation program. The Parent and Family Program focuses on helping families to better understand their student’s transition to adulthood, the university system and its resources, and college life—both inside and outside of the classroom. (Please note that the student program and the parent and family program are intentionally separate. Students and their parents and family members do not see each other during the programs, as a Student Orientation Program focus is to have students begin to understand their increased responsibility as college students at IUP.) There is a fee of $50 per person for the optional Parent and Family Orientation payable when you register.  This fee covers all staffing, printing, postage, operations, materials, and refreshments throughout the program.

    Parent Orientation typically includes the following topics:

    • Academic programs and policies, Liberal Studies, and student rights and responsibilities
    • Education abroad and National Student Exchange programs
    • Online communities, college scams, and identity theft
    • Career exploration and skill building, employment opportunities, internships, and cooperative education
    • A first-time parent of college students session
    • Personal issues—what to anticipate and how to help
    • A question-and-answer session with current students
    • Spiritual life
    • Housing, residential living, and dining
    • Connectivity to the IUP central computer, the Internet, and library resources
    • Health services, campus safety, and borough resources
    • University costs and payment plans
    • Financial aid information session
    • Purchasing textbooks
    • I-Card services and on-campus banking opportunities through PNC Bank

    Families will receive more information about the Spring/Summer Orientation Program through the mail after payment of the tuition deposit; mailings typically begin in mid-March.

    Please choose the appropriate category for more information about available Parent and Family Orientations:

    (Note: Due to time constraints, we are unable to offer parent orientations for the late August, December, and January orientations.)

  • Parents and Families of Incoming Freshmen
    The Parent Orientation Program helps you understand your student’s transition to college and learn more about IUP and its resources.
    Parents of Transfer Students
    Learn more about your son or daughter’s transfer to IUP.