Parent Orientation

August 16-17, 2019

Welcome to the Parent Orientation Website.

We are delighted to have you as the newest members of our Southwestern community. This site includes information relevant to your visit to Southwestern for Parent Orientation. We know that this can be both an exciting and stressful time for you and your student. We hope to make the process smooth and enjoyable.

Throughout the summer you will receive communications from Southwestern with information regarding your student’s transition to college, including the Parent Orientation Schedule and Parent Handbook. If you are unsure if the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations has your current email address you may complete the Parent Info Form here.

Wondering if you should attend Orientation even if you attended Sprog Days? We think so! Our data shows that students with families in attendance at Parent Orientation actually have a higher GPA and graduate at a higher rate than their peers without family in attendance. Parent Orientation provides new programming and time for you and your student to make this transition together. You will interact with faculty, staff and alumni, meet families of other incoming students and have the opportunity to attend special events such as Matriculation Convocation, which mirrors Southwestern’s Commencement Convocation.

“By the time we left our son on Sunday we felt confident that the decision to come to SU was the right one. Most of our questions had been answered, and we felt that we had been given many resources to contact for questions that arise. It felt good knowing our son was part of a school that seems to take such an active interest in his success.” - 2012 Parent Orientation Attendee

We hope to see you at one of our upcoming Send-Off Parties, and at Parent Orientation in August. Please contact our office at anytime with questions.

Grace Josey Pyka ’05
Senior Associate Director of Alumni and Parent Relations

Important Dates - 2019

Aug. 4 - Dallas Send-Off Party
Aug. 6 - Rio Grande Valley Send-Off Party
Aug. 11 - Austin Send-Off Party, Houston Send-Off Party, San Antonio Send-Off Party
Aug. 16-17 - Parent Orientation
Aug. 26 - Classes Begin
Sept. 2 - Labor Day Holiday
Oct. 4-6 - Homecoming
Nov. 27-Dec. 1 - Thanksgiving Holiday
Dec. 9-13 - Final Exams