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Parents and guardians are strongly encouraged to attend the New Student Orientation sessions! The parent programming that takes place is very beneficial, even if it is the second, third, or fourth child you have sent to college. We offer a variety of programs dealing with transition issues, academics, and student life, as well as campus tours.

Parent Programming

Parents will follow a parallel schedule to that of their son or daughter and will be together for just a few sessions during the orientation. We offer several sessions exclusively designed for parents. Some of these include:

  • Supporting Your College Student I/II/III – Discuss common transitional issues that you and your student may face in college. This series of sessions will inform you of the services available at JCU to help your student be successful during their college careers.
  • College 101 – These informational and entertaining skits will provide you with a glimpse of college life at JCU and common issues facing students on the campuses of today's universities.

Parent Role in Academics

Parents are highly encouraged to talk with their son or daughter prior to coming to orientation about their career goals and academic interests. During orientation, each student will schedule their fall semester courses so it is important to “get off on the right foot” with a plan of action developed ahead of time.

On the second day of orientation, parents will have the opportunity to have lunch with the faculty member who is assigned to help their students register for their fall classes. This is a great opportunity to ask any questions you may have about courses at JCU, curricula, etc.