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IUP 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 college students, you will experience 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 college students, 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 the IUP Parent and Family Orientation Program is optional; for those who would like to attend, it is important to attend the program applicable to your students’ admission category. While much of the information is applicable to all entering students, attending the correct program will ensure all the information covered will be relevant for your student.

  • Indiana campus freshman: Students attending the IUP Indiana campus. Parents may select either a weekend Spring Orientation, or a two-day, residential Summer Orientation. You only need to attend one Spring Orientation or Summer Orientation. Each session has a capacity that, once reached, will not be exceeded, so enroll as soon as possible after reading this document and after your student has enrolled in his or her Orientation program.
  • Honors College freshman: Plan to attend one of the designated Honors College Orientations, or select the date your student chose as an alternate.
  • Punxsutawney campus freshman: Plan to attend one of the designated Punxsutawney campus Orientations (held on the Indiana campus), or select the date your student chose as an alternate.

Step 3

Figure out when Orientation is:

  • Spring Orientation is a condensed version of our two-day summer program for entering students and their families. Attendance at the spring program replaces attendance at our summer program. This program is nonresidential, which requires all participants to make their own housing accommodations. The spring program runs from approximately 8:00 a.m. through 9:00 p.m. on Saturday and from 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.
  • Summer Orientation occurs weekdays during early June through mid-July. The summer programs are comprehensive and offer housing accommodations through the Office of Housing, Residential Living, and Dining. Parents are not required to stay overnight on campus; however, the option is available. During the program, you will be involved with Orientation from approximately 7:45 a.m. the first day until 5:00 p.m. on the second day. This time frame includes an evening program as well as the overnight stay, so please plan accordingly.
  • As you consider your dates of attendance at parent Orientation, please be aware that the parent and student programs are intentionally planned to be entirely separate through both days 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 the first “controlled” entry into an academic environment where students must make decisions in concert with advisers and seek and utilize decentralized resources. The parent program helps you identify resources that may be of use to your student after beginning college.
  • Please read the FAQ for specific details about each program, program dates, and answers to commonly asked questions.

Step 4

Determine/make your overnight arrangements:

  • If you are attending the Spring Orientation, be sure that you (and/or other family members) have booked a hotel room for Saturday night. If you are driving a long distance, you may want to consider staying Friday night as well.
  • Parent and family members participating in Summer Parent and Family Orientation have the option of staying in a residence hall room instead of a hotel room. See Step 7 for additional information.
  • Although Spring Orientation participants (parents and students) may commute or reside in local area hotels/lodging, all students attending the Summer Orientation reside on campus with the program, and their parents may elect to commute, use a local hotel, or reside on campus.

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 him or herself for Student Orientation. You will not be able to enroll for Parent and Family Orientation until after your child registers for Student Orientation.

Step 6

Understanding the program fees:

  • A $50* orientation fee will be required for all parents and family members attending the program. (This must be paid online, as a part of program registration. See Step 7.) Please note the fee is the same whether you attend a spring or summer program or if you choose to attend one or two days of Orientation.
  • If you would like to stay in a residence hall during the summer, there will be an additional $34 per person per night fee. (You will need to provide your own linens.) [Note: there is no on-campus housing option for Spring Parent and Family Orientations.]
  • Do not pay for your student’s orientation through this process. Please see FAQ 2014 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 including 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 orientation-testing@iup.edu (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, refund will be provided.

  • 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.–Noon
  • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.