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. We offer Parent and Family Orientation sessions at every program, where you'll gain information about Wayne State, your student's experience and how you can partner with us to help create a successful experience for your son or daughter.

Winter sessions for first-year and transfer students

During the winter orientation sessions, parents and family members are encouraged to attend orientation with their student and follow their student's schedule. Orientation dates for students beginning classes in January 2019 are:

Tuesday, December 4
Thursday, December 13
Tuesday, December 18
Friday, January 4

Summer sessions for first-year students (entering the fall semester)

Orientation Part I

We host a one-day program that runs parallel to your student's orientation session. During Orientation Part I - Parent and Family Orientation, you will attend your own program to learn about on-campus resources, review financial information and meet family members of other incoming students.

Orientation Part II

You'll return to campus on the second day of Orientation Part II (Tuesday, August 27, 2019) to attend the New Student Convocation and Festifall with your student. This is the official welcome to the university. Your student can sign you up when they make their reservation after attending Orientation Part I.

Additional information

How do I sign up?

When your student makes his/her orientation reservation, they can sign you up too! We encourage you to have a conversation with your son or daughter about whether you want to attend the orientation program or not. Your student can add you to their reservation at anytime by logging back in to the reservation system.

Special accommodations

Orientation activities include extensive computer use and walking. If you have a mobility limitation, hearing impairment, or disability that limits your ability to read information or register for classes online, please write to us at orientation@wayne.edu at least 10 days prior to your orientation date so that we can make arrangements with our Student Disability Services. With advance notification, we can ensure that appropriate accommodations are in place for you. We are unable to provide wheelchairs or scooters as this is a personal item.

Is there a fee to attend?

Not at all. You are welcome, but not required, to attend Parent and Family Orientation.

Looking for additional resources?

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.