Info for parents and families

Welcome to Wayne State!

As a parent or family member of a Warrior, we know you have questions about what your student will experience.

Be sure that your student has included your contact information on their orientation reservation form so that we can communicate with you throughout the transition on topics like academic advising, academic support in the classroom, financial information, living on campus and more!

What can my student expect from the orientation program?

We will do our best to communicate as much information as possible regarding the orientation process to both you and your student. During the orientation program, your student will learn more about their new academic career path, meet with their advising team and register for classes. They also have the opportunity to tour campus and our residence halls, speak with financial aid representatives and get to know how to navigate their new campus community.

There will be plenty of activities before and after their in-person orientation program so be on the lookout for this information through emails and text messages.

If you ever have any concerns, questions or just want to chat, please contact us at or call 313-577-9019.

What program opportunities are available for parent and family members of Wayne State students?

You'll learn more about Wayne State during Parent and Family Orientation, which runs concurrent to your student's scheduled orientation program. During your orientation, you'll hear from many of our student support offices and be able to get any questions that you have answered. 

Last year, we hosted online parent programs. You can review a recording from our most recent session (August 2021).

Parent Panel: Money Matters Edition

During in-person Parent and Family Orientation, you'll hear more about the financial aid process, how to pay tuition and get your questions answered. As a preview, please feel free to watch an online session we hosted last summer.

You can view a recording from the latest Money Matters session (August 2021) below.

Additional information

Student Disability Services

Did your son or daughter have an IEP or a 504 plan while they were in high school? Do they have a documented disability?​

If so, please register with Student Disability Services (SDS) to put your accommodations in place for the new semester. Call the SDS office at 313-577-1851 if you have any questions. Remember, Accessibility Matters and it's never too early to get started.

Parent and Family Newsletter

We offer several internal and external resources through our Parent & Family Services office. Visit this page to read through some of these resources and sign up to receive our quarterly Parent & Family Newsletter. Throughout the school year, you can contact us with questions or concerns.

Online learning support/resources

We understand that online learning may not be everyone's preference for learning but we feel strongly that continuing your educational trajectory, even in the middle of a global pandemic, is better than not. For those whose classes will be offered online this semester, know that we have resources available to you. Review and understand what study strategies may work better in an online course through our Effective Online Learner course. Seek support from our Academic Success Center through tutoring and group workshops. Reach out to your advisor. Contact Student Disability Services to see how receiving the appropriate accommodations can help you be successful.

We're here to help. You just have to let us know.

Financial aid information