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Confirming Your Parent and Family Summer Orientation

1. Review your date and time of Orientation from the letter you received. 

2. Understand your Orientation Program location: 

  • All Summer Orientation programs—Honors College, Indiana campus, Punxsutawney campus—are on the Indiana campus.

3. The following is a list of items to pack and bring with you for Orientation: 

  • If you registered to reside on-campus, Parent Orientation residence hall only: Bring a pillow and bedding (sheets, blanket, towels) for your residence hall bed, and bring shower items and toiletries.
  • For those residing in the residence hall: Change (coins, not bills) for late evening snacks, if desired
  • Casual clothing for two days. Layers are recommended due to the temperature variations between building and the outside
  • A sweater or other light jacket, as internal building temperatures can be difficult to control
  • Umbrella (we move about campus, and it often rains heavily in the summer)
  • Orientation map (check website for updates just before leaving for Orientation and bring with you)
  • Arrival procedures/travel directions (check website for updates just before leaving for Orientation and bring with you)

4. Arrival early for Summer Orientation two-day programs: 

  • Early arrival residence hall check-in (note: this must have been pre-reserved) takes place from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. the evening before the program at Suites on Pratt residence hall (601 Pratt Drive, Indiana, PA 15705). Parents will be residing in Wallwork Hall (455 Pratt Drive, Indiana, PA 15705).
  • Breakfast the next morning (7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.) is available at the dining hall, at your expense, at a cost of approximately $7.

​5. Regular Arrival for Summer Orientation two-day programs:

  • Regular parent residence hall check-in takes place at 7:00 a.m. at Wallwork Hall (455 Pratt Drive, Indiana, PA 15705), south side.
  • Program check-in (and light continental breakfast) begins at 7:45 a.m. on the first floor, main lobby of the HUB (319 Pratt Drive, Indiana, PA 15705) on the Indiana campus. The parent orientation program commences at 8:45 a.m.

6.  Meals 

  • A light continental breakfast is provided both mornings of the program.
  • Lunch in the dining hall is provided on the first day of the program.
  • Other meals are on your own. You may choose to pay a cash rate at the IUP Dining Hall or eat at local eateries. A local restaurant listing will be in your orientation folders and posted/available in the residence hall.

7. Orientation Program Timeframe: 

Unlike the student program, when registered for Parent and Family Orientation you elect which components you choose to attend over the two days. (Please note, however, that students may not attend other events or depart early from their Orientation program.)

The Parent and Family Orientation program will run:

  • Day One – from check-in at 7:45 a.m. through approximately 5:30 p.m.
  • Day Two – from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Do not plan to see your student at any time during the program. As we explained in the Parent and Family Orientation mailings and online FAQ, the programs are intentionally entirely separate.

​8. Free Time:

  • Parents attend the sessions of Parent Orientation that they choose.
  • There is an optional evening student panel for Parent Orientation participants.
  • Please note that parents residing in the program residence hall must follow IUP residential requirements, including no use of alcohol or drugs in a residence hall.
  • All parents should be aware that there may be no alcohol or drug activity on the IUP campus​.

9. Internet Access: 

  • Should you desire to use Wi-Fi, see the Parent Program coordinator on site for instructions and appropriate configurations.
  • The IUP residence hall in which parents reside will have computer labs available and guest passwords available.
  • Wireless may be available in the residence hall; see the hall directors on site.
  • Several local coffee shops, and eateries, within easy walking distance from program locations and open into the evening, do have wireless access.