Orientation for Parents & Families (Sunday, September 4, 2016)

Family poses together at OrientationAs family members of a new Whittier College Poet, you must be very proud. Attending a private liberal arts college speaks volumes of the accomplishments of your student and the role you played in guiding him/her to this point. Our goal is to continue to support your student's academic success and personal development at Whittier.

Orientation is geared to prepare new students for seamless transition to college. Part of that transition involves the encouragement and understanding of families. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or sibling, you are an important source of support that enables your student to be successful. The adjustment to college life and the academic challenges of a new learning environment require greater personal independence, motivation, and responsibility.

As a part of New Student Orientation, Family Orientation is designed to provide you with essential information that promotes student success and help you understand the College's curriculum, academic policies, graduation requirements, and student life programs and services. Download the Family Orientation Guidebook for information on these topics. 


A memorable and enjoyable Orientation experience awaits parents and families. 

Time Session Location 4 C's
8:00 AM- 11:00 AM Residential Student Check-In North Lawn Community
10:00 AM- 12:00 PM Commuter Student Check-In North Lawn Community
8:30 AM- 3:00 PM Business, Financial Aid, and Admissions Open House Mendenhall/ Weingart Hall Connections
11:00 AM- 1:00 PM Lunch Campus Inn Connections
1:15 PM- 2:00 PM Orientation Kick-Off Graham Athletic Center Community
2:00 PM- 2:45 PM Family Walking Tour of Campus

Start tour at GAC

3:00 PM- 4:30 PM Family Information Session Shannon Center Community
3:00 PM- 4:30 PM Information Session in Spanish Memorial Chapel Community
4:30 PM- 5:30 PM President's Reception Science Patio Community
5:30 PM- 7:00 PM Poet-Featured Restaurants Uptown Whittier Cultural Perspectives
7:15 PM- 8:15 PM President's Welcome and Convocation/ Light of Learning Ceremony Harris Amphitheatre Community
8:15 PM- 9:15 PM Family Reception Campus Center Courtyard Community

*Times and events subject to change