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New Student Orientation (NSO)

Parents Preview 2018

Date: August 29 - August 30

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!

    Online registration is now closed.  We will have onsite registration on Wednesday, August 29 between 9am and 4pm and on Thursday, August 30, between 9am and Noon.  For walk-in registrants, we will accept cash and credit.  

  • 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 2018

    Get a preview of what’s in store for you at the College. 

  • NSO Schedule for First Year & Transfer Students for 2018

    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 2.  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.  The Guide is published on an annual basis and is posted for the 2018-19 academic year.


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 Cost


Event Contact

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

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