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IUP Transfer Parent and Family Orientation Process

Follow the steps below to register for IUP Parent and Family Orientation!

Step 1

Understanding what Orientation is:

We understand that as parents and family members of transferring college students there will be transitions within your family this year. To help ease into this phase of life, we have created a program to familiarize participants with new terminology and issues related specifically to being an IUP student, as well as resources to support your student’s transition and success. Participating in the program will allow you to learn about a variety of different offices and services on campus that are available to your student throughout their time at IUP.

Step 2

Understanding your options:

Participation in IUP’s Transfer Parent and Family Orientation Program is optional.

Step 3

Figure out when Orientation is:

  • Summer Transfer Orientation occurs weekdays during late May through late July. The summer programs are one day. During the program, you will be involved with Orientation from approximately 7:45 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
  • As you consider your dates of attendance at parent and family Orientation, please be aware that the parent and student programs are intentionally planned to be entirely separate throughout the day and run on slightly different time frames. You should not plan to see your student while attending Orientation. It is important to introduce students to their new environment through interaction with trained peers, staff, and faculty. Orientation provides our transfer students the first “controlled” entry into the IUP academic environment where students must make decisions in concert with advisers and seek and utilize decentralized resources. The parent and family program helps you identify resources that may be of use to your student after beginning IUP.
  • Please read the FAQ for specific details about the program, program dates, program fees, and answers to commonly asked questions.

Step 4

Determine/make your overnight arrangements:

  • Parent and family members participating in Summer Transfer Parent and Family Orientation have the early arrival option of staying in a residence hall room instead of a hotel room. See Step 6 for fee information.

Step 5

Determine the date that you and your student plan to attend:

  • Note: There is a designated capacity for each student session and it will not be exceeded, due to room capacities and testing and advising capacities.
  • Before enrolling for the Parent and Family Orientation, please ensure that your student has logged on and enrolled for Transfer Student Orientation. You will not be able to enroll for Transfer Parent and Family Orientation until after your student registers for Transfer Student Orientation.

Step 6

Understanding the program fees:

  • A $50* orientation fee will be required for all parents and family members attending the program above 15 years of age. (This must be paid online, as a part of program registration. See Step 7.) Please note the fee is the same whether you choose to attend all, or only part of, the Orientation.
  • If you would like to stay in an early arrival residence hall during the summer, there will be an additional $35 per person per night fee. (You will need to provide your own linens.)
  • Do not pay for your student’s orientation through this process. Please see the FAQ for student orientation fee information.
  • For more on the Parent Program fee, read the FAQ.
  • Orientation fees are subject to change without advance notice.

Step 7

With the invitation letter you received from the Advising and Testing Center at hand, register for Orientation by following these steps.

Step 8

Getting confirmation for Orientation:

Confirmation for the Orientation program will occur approximately one week before your program date. The confirmation will be in the form of a letter that includes the specific times of the program, information about the check-in site, a campus map, and a parking permit. (Note that confirmations for last-minute date changes and/or last-minute enrollments may be via e-mail or by phone.)

Step 9

Contacting us with questions:

If you have questions or concerns, please e-mail us at (preferred) or call us at 724-357-4067 [Voice/T/D] between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday.

*Final program fees are established in mid-March; should any overpayment occur, refunds will be provided.