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New Student Orientation (NSO)

Parents Preview 2018

Date: August 29 - August 30

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Program Invitation

We invite all of our new students’ families to join us for Parents Preview. Running simultaneously with the first two days of New Student Orientation, August 29 & 30, the program is designed to familiarize parents with the academic and co-curricular life of the college so they have confidence that they are leaving their student in good hands.  The program is regularly praised for helping with the college transition. As one recent parent said, “Though it was difficult to leave…we felt much better about it for having spent the time on campus these two days.”

The formal program begins at 3:45pm on Wednesday, August 29 with a social event for parents and concludes at 7pm on Thursday, August 30 with a community picnic following the Opening Convocation, the official opening of the 2018-19 academic year.  We trust you will make plans now to attend Parents Preview. 

Program Overview

It is our mission to introduce you to the College, familiarize you with the academic program and many student services but still provide you enough time with your son or daughter to allow for a comfortable transition. 

Program Details

  • Register for Parents Preview!

    Registration will open in June, 2018 and will include program details in progress.

  • Local Accommodations

    Receive special rates at these nearby locations. Regretfully, we do not have on-campus accommodations for parents or family members.

  • Schedule for Parents Preview 2017

    We anticipate the program for 2018 will be similar to the schedule here.  However, please check back for updates as we get closer to the program.

  • NSO Schedule for First Year & Transfer Students for 2017

    Please Note: Get a preview of how your son or daughter might be spending their time during New Student Orientation from August 29 through September 3.  A printed student schedule will be part of your arrival packet in addition to the final Parents Preview Schedule.

  • 2018-19 Academic Calendar

    This calendar should assist you in making travel plans for your student to and from the campus. Please make note of the opening and closing dates and times for the residence halls:

    • Fall 2018 Residence Hall Closing - December 20 @ 3pm
    • Spring 2019 Residence Hall Opening - January 20 @ 9am, Residence Hall Closing - May 10 @ 3pm
  • Family Resource Guide

    This publication is a handy guide for parents of new students as well as for parents and family members of upper division students as well.  The Guide is published on an annual basis and is posted for the 2017-18 academic year. An updated version won’t be available until September 2018.


When you get to campus on August 29, an arrival packet and other important program details will be available in Stamm Dining Room, Templeton Campus Center between 8am and 4pm.  We look forward to your arrival.

Event Contact

Sandi Bottemiller
Director of Housing & Orientation
503-768-7977 fax
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