College orientation is the first taste of what life will be like for your student in just a few months. For students and their parents alike, it's an exciting and important time - often required by the university. While you will part ways with your student early on in the orientation, you each will learn about the school's traditions, expectations, academics, athletics, financial aid, residential life and social life.
Most importantly, orientation is a time for students to break away from their parents and meet new people. For multiple-day orientations, students should stay on campus, away from their parents. Encourage your student to attend social activities during orientation, eat meals with friends and explore the campus.
Students may also take placement tests and register for classes at orientation. Help your student prepare by making a list of priority classes, having questions ready for an academic advisor and bringing pencils and a calculator for testing.