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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.

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. 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 and parent and family programs are, intentionally, separate. Students and 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.)

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
Parent Orientations have ended for 2014.
Hawk Eye: A Guide for Parents
Have a child entering college? This guide can help you to help your child settle into life at IUP.
  • Advising and Testing Center
  • Pratt Hall, Room 216
    201 Pratt Drive
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-4067
  • Fax: 724-357-2889
  • Office Hours for Orientation Questions
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.