About Parent/Family Orientation

About Parent/Family Orientation

Gonzaga University understands the important role that family members play in their students' lives and educational success. Continued communication and support from family members can contribute immeasurably to the success of new GU students. Parent/Family Orientation runs concurrently with New Student Orientation. Through this program, parents and family members will have the opportunity to learn about the many offices, services, academic programs and resources Gonzaga University has to offer.  While you and your student will have separate itineraries, you will connect several times throughout the weekend. This separation is the first step for students to learn autonomy and develop the skills they'll need to be successful at Gonzaga. Through Parent/Family Orientation, families can build a partnership with Gonzaga University, focusing on ways in which everyone can support students in reaching their educational and career goals. 

This is a very important time in your student’s life. Family members can help by being active participants at Parent/Family Orientation. Come prepared to take notes during the sessions and write down questions in advance. Gonzaga’s Parent &Family Office strives to make this transition to college as smooth as possible.

Please note that siblings or young children are not provided with separate activities; however, they are welcome to attend any or all parts of Parent/Family Orientation with you.

Sample Parent/Family Schedule 

Each day is full of activities that will provide information on academics, campus and student life, as well as resources specifically for parents and families of new students. Registration is required to participate in Parent/Family Orientation.

The following is a sample schedule  and can give you an idea of what to expect at Parent/Family Orientation. 

Detailed schedules will be provided to participants during check-in.


 What Families Are Saying About the Program

 "We’ve been through orientation programs at Georgetown and University of Portland.  Honey – you left them in the dust!  The organization and extremely helpful sessions were great.” 

- Liz, mom of Nick

“I didn't really know what to expect, but parent orientation was awesome! We are so thrilled that our son has chosen Gonzaga, and this weekend only doubly confirmed that for us. What a terrific community of people committed to developing the whole person...love that!”

- Anne, mom of Grant

“The weekend orientation was amazing! It was beautifully planned and very effective for me and my son.  After experiencing orientation, I am more confident than ever that he will thrive at Gonzaga, and that I’m leaving him in the care and support of extraordinary people.”

- Lisa, mom of Sean