Information for Families

Welcome Families! You will soon learn that you are a vital part of the Wesleyan community. The Orientation Program includes several specific opportunities for families on Arrival Day to help you learn more about the academic environment and student services that will support your student throughout their experience at Wesleyan. 

In addition, the Office of Parent Programs will be on hand throughout Arrival Day to answer your questions and help you learn more about your role in the Wesleyan community. They have ample resources available online and are available throughout the year to work with you. To learn more about Parent Programs, click here

International and New Student Orientation
Schedule for Families 2017


Arrival Day and Moving into Residence Halls
Orientation leaders will meet and welcome new international students and their families at Bradley International Airport and bring them to the ISO arrival site. You'll be able to pick up ISO materials and begin your life as a member of the Wesleyan international community. Orientation leaders will then help students to their residence hall room and assist them in getting settled in.

4:30 P.M.
Campus Tour
Join us for a campus tour and discover some of the beautiful sights on campus.

6-9 P.M.
Pizza Drop-In, Usdan University Center
Please join us for this informal dinner in the Usdan University Center. This will be a chance for you to meet the Orientation staff and other international students and families.


5:30-6:30 P.M.
ISO Opening Ceremony and Dinner with Families, West Wing Dining Hall, Usdan University Center 2nd Floor
Accompanying family and friends are welcome to join us for our first dinner together in Usdan. Over dinner, meet and chat with administrators and staff for Wesleyan students. Then when the students move on to the evening’s activities, Parent Programs staff will invite parents to join them for coffee and questions.

6:45-7:45 P.M.
Coffee and Tea for Families, Daniel Family Commons, Usdan University Center 3rd Floor
Enjoy an informal conversation with representatives from the Office of Parent Programs. Parents and family members are encouraged to ask questions about Wesleyan and student life.

WEDNESDAY, August 30

9 A.M.–2 P.M.
Arrival Site, Usdan University Center
Pick up your Arrival Day packet and officially begin your Wesleyan experience. Your packet contains instructions about which stations to visit at the Arrival Site and includes helpful information you will need throughout Orientation.

Residence Hall Check-In, Residence Halls
Pick up your keys at your residence hall and unload your personal belongings. Orientation leaders, Residential Life staff, and volunteers will be at each site to help you get settled.

Student Resource Pavilion, Beckham Hall, Fayerweather Building
Now that you’ve visited the Arrival Site, it’s important to take care of business regarding your meal plan, local bank accounts, and campus services, including health, religious and spiritual life, telephone, cable TV, and laundry. While you’re here, be sure to pick up some free promotional gifts.

11 A.M.–1 P.M.
Lunch for Students and Families, Usdan Marketplace, Usdan University Center
Box lunches are available courtesy of the Office of Parent Programs and the Division of Student Affairs.

1:00–2:00 P.M.
Family Workshop I: Academic Support in the First Year, Crowell Concert Hall
Parents are invited to a short presentation on the academic challenges typically encountered by first-year students and the support available to them. A question and answer session will follow.

2:00–3:00 P.M.
Family Workshop II: Student Life at Wesleyan, Crowell Concert Hall

As parents, you have helped your student move into a new residence and a new environment. We’ll help them learn to navigate Wesleyan (inside and outside the classroom), but what help and support might they need from you? Join Wesleyan’s student services staff for a short presentation and discussion about first-year transitional issues and the co-curricular experience at Wesleyan. A question and answer session will follow.

3:15–4:15 P.M.
President's Remarks, Memorial Chapel (simulcast in the CFA Hall and the '92 Theater)
President Michael S. Roth ‘78, members of the senior staff, and other university administrators will welcome families of new students. Note that students will have the opportunity to hear from the President at 6:15pm.

4:15-4:45 P.M.
President's Meet and Greet Gathering, Huss Courtyard, Usdan University Center (Rain site: Usdan Café, Usdan University Center) 
Following the president's remarks, parents are invited to meet President Roth along with other members of the Wesleyan community. Refreshments will be served. Families are then asked to depart following this gathering to allow students to continue with their scheduled activities.

5:00 P.M.
Families Depart

5:30 P.M.
Class Photo. Order here

To view the full orientation schedule please check back in mid-august.