Info for parents and families

COVID-19 Update

Due to the impact of COVID-19, we are canceling all on-campus orientation programs from April through the end of August. We are moving our programming, including advising and registration, to an online format. By mid-April, you will receive information via email regarding the orientation process. Please continue to schedule an orientation date so that we can continue to best support you in your transition to Wayne State. Check the Wayne State Coronavirus page for updated information on any changes to campus services.

Welcome to Wayne State!

As a parent or family member of a Warrior, we know you have questions about what your student will experience. Our orientation programs are moving to an online format for all students entering this upcoming spring/summer and fall term.

We plan to host information sessions throughout the summer to answer many of the questions you have about how you can best support your son/daughter as they transition to Wayne State. Be sure that your student has included you as a guest on their orientation reservation form so that we can communicate with you throughout the summer on topics like academic advising, academic support in the classroom, financial information, living on campus and more!

Parent and Family Member Programs

We are offering several opportunities to connect with family members throughout the month of August. Our one-hour program will offer a brief overview of Academic and Student Support Services available to your student. The program is the same format on each date so you only need to sign up for one date. Click on a date below to make your reservation. A reservation is required in order to access the program.

Tuesday, August 11 at 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 13 at 3 p.m.
Monday, August 17 at 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 19 at 11 a.m. (This session will be recorded.)

Offices that will be represented on the panel are: the University Advising Center, Academic Success Center, Learning Communities, Student Disability Services, Career Services, Office of Student Financial Aid, Student Service Center and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). Each office will provide a brief overview of their services and then we'll leave some time to answer any questions you have.

What can my student expect from an online orientation program?

We will do our best to communicate as much information as possible regarding the orientation process to both you and your student. You can expect that we will continue to support your new Warrior in an online environment as we would in person. Although, you may want to increase their screen time during this transition; for educational purposes, of course!

If you ever have any concerns, questions or just want to chat, please contact us at or call Katie Rawlings at 313-577-2219 or Zak Krug at 313-577-2422.

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.

Parent and Family Member Orientation Panel Presentation

Financial aid information

Billing information