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.

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

Orientation Part One

We host a one-day program and an overnight program that runs concurrent to your student's orientation session. During Orientation Part One, parents and family members will split off into their own program where we'll fill you in on academic and social services on campus, review financial information and give you time to meet family members of other incoming students. Students can choose to attend either the one-day program or the overnight program. Parents and family members will not stay overnight with their son or daughter.

One-day Programs

The program is scheduled for a full day from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday, May 19
Friday, June 1
Friday, June 8
Tuesday, June 12
Wednesday, June 20
Friday, June 22
Wednesday, June 27
Wednesday, July 11
Friday, July 20
Wednesday, August 1
Wednesday, August 22

Overnight Orientation Programs

July 26-27

Orientation Part Two

Join us on the second day of Orientation Part Two (Tuesday, August 29) when we welcome you to attend the New Student Convocation program with your son or daughter. This is the official welcome to the university. Your student can sign you up when they make their reservation once they attend Orientation Part One.

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

Please note that 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.

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.