Parent Orientation is a free program designed for parents and guardians of newly admitted Oakland University students.

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First Year Advising Center
North Foundation Hall, Room 121
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
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(248) 370-3227
FYAC@oakland.edu
Orientation & New Student Programs
North Foundation Hall, Room 105
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(map)
(248) 370-GOLD
gold@oakland.edu
First Year Advising Center
North Foundation Hall, Room 121
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(map)
(248) 370-3227
FYAC@oakland.edu
Orientation & New Student Programs
North Foundation Hall, Room 105
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(map)
(248) 370-GOLD
gold@oakland.edu
Parents of O U students seated at tables

Parent Orientation

Oakland University's Parent Orientation program acquaints parents with the many resources and support services available to your student and family during this important and exciting time. During Parent Orientation, the university makes every effort to provide information that is timely and pertinent to the needs of our students and their family members. Parents also will receive material designed to assist them after orientation and throughout their son or daughter's first year at OU. 
The Program
Parent Orientation is a free program designed for parents and guardians of newly admitted Oakland University students. The program addresses the following topics:

  • transitioning from high school to college
  • academic programs, support services and advising
  • student financial services
  • residence halls and commuter services
  • campus involvement
  • health and wellness
Times and Activities

The formal program is from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and includes a continental breakfast with OU staff.

Optional afternoon activities are available from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m., including: 

  • campus and residence hall tours
  • Meadow Brook Hall tours (tour times vary)
  • opportunity to meet with financial aid advisers  (Parents interested in meeting with financial aid should bring a copy of their student's award notification letter and any financial aid forms that need to be submitted.)

Please Note: This program is not intended for young children.

How to Prepare

Overnight Lodging
If you are traveling from a distance and need lodging, view a list of local hotels.

Directions to OU
Please refer to the campus map for directions to campus. 

Parking
If you drive to campus for orientation, please park your car in parking lot P1 across from North and South Foundation Halls. Directional signs will be posted on campus to assist you. All parking lots are open to students, staff and visitors. Reserved spots are marked clearly. Parents should be aware that parking regulations are strictly enforced. Neither the orientation staff nor the university will assume responsibility for parking tickets.

Check-In
Check-in for Parent Orientation and New Student Orientation Part One occurs in two separate locations of the Oakland Center. Directional signs will be posted to assist you. Check-in will begin 30 minutes before the program starts.

Attire
Please feel free to dress casually. We recommend dressing in layers to accommodate changing weather conditions and building temperatures. We also suggest that you bring a light sweater or jacket, an umbrella and wear comfortable walking shoes, since you may want to experience a campus and/or residence hall tour.

Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities
If you require special accommodations, please let the orientation staff know before your arrival by contacting us at (248) 370-GOLD or gold@oakland.edu.

Sign Up

Parent Orientation and New Student Orientation Part One are held on the same days, however they are separate programs, and therefore you do not have to attend the same day as your student.

Check back January 2018 to reserve your spot for Parent Orientation.

Resources

View the below resources for more information about Orientation and first year deadlines and opportunities.