Parent Orientation


We welcome new families with our Parent Orientation. The event is filled with activities and information to help your student make a smooth transition into Northwestern.

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Parent Orientation

Welcome New Families

Our desire is to connect your home to ours and orientation is our way to help parents during this transition. Join us for specific parent programming on August 23 & 24.  To know your schedule, choose from the following Parent Tracks below: Resident Student, Commuter - Traditional Student, or Commuter - PSEO/Dual Enrollment Student.

RESIDENT STUDENT: Parent Track

August 23-24

FRIDAYPARENT SCHEDULE
 Time   EventLocation
8-11 a.m.

Check-in -See orientation page for more details

Billy Graham Community Life Commons (BGCLC)
2:00 p.m.Welcome SessionKnight Hall
3:00 p.m.Meet The Faculty - refer to student handoutVarious locations
4-6 p.m.

(Optional) Dinner available - on your own. You are welcome to eat off-campus or on-campus in the main dining center. If parents need to leave, this is the first good time to say "see you later."Off campus or BGCLC - main dining
6:30 p.m.


Parent Worship & Prayer Service - Includes a blessing card and time to individually pray for your student as they begin their journey at UNW. Students will be at separate session until 9:30 p.m.Knight Hall


7:30 p.m.Snacks 'n Chats - Refreshments from Parent RelationsBGCLC
8:30 p.m.Comedy with Bob Stromberg Knight Hall
9:30 p.m.   All sessions end for the evening.  This is a good time to say "see you later" to your student, unless you will be on campus Saturday.
SATURDAYPARENT SCHEDULE
9:00 a.m.
What I Wish My Parents Would Have Known - Panel of UNW StudentsNazareth Great Room
10:00 a.m.

Parenting Tips - Ted Talk style advice on academics, public safety, emotional stability & navigating goodbyes (by staff & faculty).Nazareth Great Room
11:00 a.m.

UNW Student Care Panel - The philosophy of caring for students from the Student Life team.Nazareth Great Room
12:00 p.m.Parenting Programming Ends - Final chance to say "see you later." 

COMMUTER - TRADITIONAL STUDENT: Parent Track

August 23-24

FRIDAYPARENT SCHEDULE
 Time   EventLocation   
11-2 p.m.

Check-in -See orientation page for more details

Billy Graham Community Life Commons (BGCLC)
2:00 p.m.Welcome SessionKnight Hall
3:00 p.m.Meet The Faculty - refer to student handoutVarious locations
4-6 p.m.

Commuter Connection Session & Meal

BGCLC -G227
6:30 p.m.




Parent Worship & Prayer Service - Includes worship, blessing card, and a time to individually pray for your student(s) as they begin their journey at UNW. Students will be at separate sessions until 9:30 p.m.

Knight Hall




7:30 p.m.Snacks 'n Chats - Refreshments from Parent RelationsBGCLC
8:30 p.m.Comedy with Bob Stromberg Knight Hall
9:30 p.m.All sessions end for the evening.
SATURDAYPARENT SCHEDULE
9:00 a.m.
What I Wish My Parents Would Have Known - Panel of UNW StudentsNazareth Great Room
10:00 a.m.Parenting Tips - Ted Talk style advice on academics, public safety, emotional stability &  navigating goodbyes (by staff and faculty).Nazareth Great Room
11:00 a.m.UNW Student Care Panel - The philosophy of caring for students from the Student Life team.

COMMUTER - PSEO/DUAL ENROLLMENT STUDENT: Parent Track

August 23

FRIDAYPARENT SCHEDULE
 Time   EventLocation    
11-2 p.m.

Check-in -See orientation page for more details

Billy Graham CLC (BGCLC)
 2:00 p.m.    Welcome Session

Knight Hall
3:00 p.m.Meet The Faculty - refer to student handoutVarious locations
4:00 p.m.PSEO SessionKnight Hall

5:00 p.m.





Parent Dinner - Hear from a PSEO Parent panel to help you navigate the journey. Sign-up early, limited number of spots available. Registration will close on August 19 or earlier if all spots are filled. Cost is $5 per person and increases to $10 as of 2 p.m. on August 19 (if there are any dinner spots available). Students will be at a separate dinner. PURCHASE NOW.
Nazareth Great Room



6:30 p.m.


Parent Worship & Prayer Service - Includes worship, a blessing card, and a time to individually pray for your student. Students will be at separate sessions until 9:30 p.m.Knight Hall


7:30 p.m.Snacks 'n Chats - Refreshments from Parent RelationsBGCLC
8:30 p.m.Comedy with Bob Stromberg Knight Hall
9:30 p.m.All sessions end for the evening. This ends the PSEO Commuter parent sessions.
Online Only - PSEO/DUAL ENROLLMENT STUDENT

There is NO orientation track for you to attend because these events are crafted for those who will be coming to campus.

For your student

Your student can find links to all the orientation schedules on the Orientation page. Orientation schedules are also available to students on the new student tab on theROCK.

If you have any additional questions contact us at parents@unwsp.edu or 651-631-5350.

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