Admissions Undergrad Accepted

International Student Orientation

Frequently Asked Questions

Note: If your question doesn’t appear below please feel free to email us with any concerns you may have.

Why does it say parent check-out on Wednesday morning August 23rd if the orientation ends on Thursday August 27th?

Parent-oriented programming ends on Tuesday night and all errand-running programming will have been completed by Wednesday. The service fair where family members can help the student through paperwork with the registrar, bursar, financial aid, payroll, IT services and local banks will all be available. The shopping trip will be on Tuesday so if parents desire to help their son or daughter do some shopping in America the afternoon is available for this. Parents are welcome to attend the rest of the orientation but because the rooms need to be prepared for the students arrival; families will need to check- out of the dorms and find alternate housing. 

Alternate housing options are also available. 

NOTE: If family members cannot attend the orientation with their son or daughter DON’T worry!  Staff members are available to help the students throughout the orientation.

Why does the family meal plan only go through Wednesday breakfast if the orientation is through Thursday?

Family- oriented programming ends on Tuesday night and family on-campus housing ends on Wednesday morning so the family meal plan is designed to end at that time. Family members are more than welcome to attend the rest of the orientation but would need to find alternate housing. There is a supplemental meal plan available that goes from Wednesday lunch through Friday breakfast at a cost of $15. If you would like this supplemental meal plan please check the option on the registration form.

Is there a sibling program available during International Orientation?

Yes! We run a sibling program on an as-needed basis. There will be some fun activities available that will be geared toward the ages of the siblings in attendance. If high school siblings would prefer to attend the student programming they are welcome to attend most sessions.

 Note: Please make a note of the names and ages of all siblings in attendance on the registration page so that we can plan for their activities. Also, the sibling program is only available for children who are pre-school (already potty trained) through high school-aged siblings.

What if we have a family member who will ONLY be attending the Welcome Banquet? How much would that cost?

Every family member who is ONLY attending the welcome banquet on Monday Aug. 24th (and will not be in attendance for sessions or any other meals) will be charged $13. Please include a note in the comments section of the names for each of these additional attendees on the registration page.

If our family is attending the International Orientation should we stay and attend Welcome Weekend as well? Will our son or daughter be sufficiently oriented after the international orientation?

That is up to each individual family.

It would depend on a few factors: 

  • If you would like to stay and meet the student’s roommate(s) on move-in day (Friday).
  • If you would want more time together before saying goodbye.
  • If you would like to spend more time exploring campus.

As far as the student being oriented, yes, by the time International Orientation is over he or she will have a few familiar faces on campus, will know his or her Welcome Weekend Orientation group leader, will know his way around campus and will have met his PAs (Personnel Assistants- commonly known as RAs on other campuses). However the International Orientation is designed to compliment the student’s regular orientation at Welcome Weekend, not replace it.

Please review the Welcome Weekend Schedule so you can make an informed decision about attending.

Our family is tight on money right now and we want to plan according to what we can afford what is the cost break-down of the Orientation for family members?

The cost break down for each family member is as follows:

Welcome Banquet - Monday Night August 24 $13
Meals from Sunday Night August 23 - Wednesday Morning August 26 $45
Lodging in a dorm room from Sunday Night August 23 - Wednesday Morning August 26 $46
Mandatory registration fee for attending the orientation $31
Total $135

Family members who will be staying off campus but will be attending the orientation and eating meals with us will be charged $89 per person.

Additional fees if selected on the registration form would be $15 per person for renting linens (see more on this below) and $15 per person for meals from Wednesday lunch through Friday breakfast.

If family members will only be attending sessions and the welcome banquet (and not eating other meals with us throughout the orientation) they will be charged $44 per person.

If we stay on campus do we have to rent linens?/ What do the rented linens include?

No, linens are not required but each student and family member who would like to rent linens (which includes one pillow, fitted sheet, bed sheet, pillow case, blanket and towel) will be charged an additional $15 fee. The linens will be collected on Wednesday morning on August 20th during the parent check-out time.  The students will have the opportunity to go on a shopping trip on Tuesday and can purchase their own set of linens at that time.

What time is Registration on Sunday August 17th so we can make our travel plans?

Registration will be held in Rediger Auditorium from 12pm-5pm.

What if we already booked our flights for Sunday night Aug. 17th or our flight gets delayed and we miss the registration hours?

If you know you will be arriving late please let us know in the comments section of the registration page or email us so we can plan accordingly.

If you have any additional questions about International Orientation please contact us.