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Orientation Programming
phone: (208) 885-6757
fax: (208) 885-9494
Teaching and Learning Center
Room 232
875 Perimeter Dr.
MS 2431
Moscow, ID 83844-2431

University of Idaho Student and parents walking in the Kibbie Dome

Parent Orientation

New Student Orientation:

  • New Student Orientation will take place from August 21 - 24, 2014.
  • Parent Orientation events take place on August 21 - 22, 2014 (except for fraternity/sorority parents).

Fraternity/Sorority Parent Orientation: 

  • Orientation events for the parents of students who participate in sorority recruitment will be held on August 14.
  • Parent Orientation for the parents of students who participate in fraternity recruitment will be held on August 20.
  • Please note, if your student has signed up for sorority or fraternity recruitment, both the student and parent(s) are registered for orientation through this process, and there is no need to register for orientation a second time using the New Student Orientation website's online sign-up form.  
  • Parent Orientation (August 21-22, 2014) (For Parents of Residence Hall, Steel House, Off-Campus, and On-Campus Apartment Students)
    Thursday, August 21, 2014
    7:00 p.m. Dessert with the Dean of Students: 
    Dr. Bruce Pitman, Vice Provost for Student Affairs & Dean of Students,
    invites you to join him for an informal meeting and reception.
    This informative program will begin with a brief meeting followed by dessert.

    Administration Building Auditorium

    Friday, August 22, 2014
    8:30 a.m. University Convocation:
    The UI President Chuck Staben will officially welcome you to campus. A keynote speaker to be announced will address the UI community. 
    Kibbie Dome
    9:45 a.m. Parent Session 1
    Parents break-out into small groups for useful workshops on a variety of issues including Financial Aid, Letting Go…Adapting to Change, Academic Support Services, Residential Living, and Parent Resources, to name a few.

    Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) 

    10:40 a.m. Parent Session 2
    Choose from one of several presentations.

    Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) 

    11:35 a.m. Parent Session 3
    Choose from one of several presentations.

    Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) 

    12:30 p.m. Convocation Lunch
    Enjoy lunch and live music in the northeast plaza outside the Idaho Commons with students, faculty and staff.
    Idaho Commons Plaza
    1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) Diversity Scholars Orientation:
    Orientation for OMA Diversity Scholars Award recipients. 
    Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) room 031
    2-3 p.m. Parent Open Houses with Academic Colleges
    Faculty and staff in your student's academic college welcome you and provide more insights into your student's academic home. 
    Various Locations

    4-5 p.m. Library Tour
    If you cannot attend this tour, feel free to stop at the Library Information/Reference desk and ask about a tour today before 4 pm.
    Library Information/ Reference Desk
    5-7 p.m.  Dinner on Your Own
    This is a good time to run last minute errands and say goodbyes.

    Please note that this schedule is subject to change. Students and parents will receive the final schedule when they arrive on campus and check in.

At University of Idaho, parents are partners in the educational process. Parent Orientation can help you to be a better advisor and partner, working with your son or daughter to make their transition to Vandal life successful. Parents can attend the spring New Student Orientation sessions with their students as well as attend a special session just for parents during the first break-out session with Vice Provost for Student Affairs/Dean of Students Bruce Pitman.  

In the Fall there are several different dates for parent orientation depending on where your student will be living. (In spring all new student and parent orientation takes place on the same date.)

In Fall parents with students in fraternities and sororities have orientation that coincides with the fraternity and sorority recruitment dates that are usually a week before the beginning of classes. Parents with students in residence halls, on or off-campus apartments, or living at home may attend a parent orientation session that is scheduled to coincide with residence hall move-in dates right before the start of classes.