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New Student Orientation (NSO)

Parents Preview 2020

Date: August 26 Location: Templeton Campus Center

Templeton Campus Center

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 26 & 27, 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 26 with a social event for parents and concludes at 7pm on Thursday, August 27 with a community picnic following the Opening Convocation, the official opening of the 2020-21 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 student to allow for a comfortable transition. 

Program Details

  • Register for Parents Preview!

    Online registration for parents and family members is now closed.  However, we welcome your participation and will have a designated onsite registration area in Templeton Campus Center on Wednesday, August 26 between 8am and 4pm. There is a small fee to attend the program to cover the cost of meals and program incidentals. 

  • 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 2020

    Here is the updated schedule for Parents Preview.  You will receive a printed copy in your arrival packet on August 26.

  • NSO Schedule for First Year & Transfer Students for 2019

    Please Note: Get a preview of how your son or daughter will be spending their time during New Student Orientation from August 26 through August 30.  A printed student schedule will be part of your arrival packet in addition to the final Parents Preview Schedule.

  • 2019-20 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 2020 Residence Hall Closing - December 17 @ 3pm
    • Spring 2021 Residence Hall Opening - January 19 @ 9am, Residence Hall Closing - May 7 @ 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 2019-20 academic year.


When you get to campus on August 26, 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

Franchesca Spann Director of Orientation 503-768-7183 503-768-7977 fax

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