Parent & Family Orientation

During the first two days of New Student Orientation, we invite families to join their students on campus. On Wednesday, Aug. 21, and Thursday, Aug. 22, we offer educational sessions and social activities to introduce you to the community and help families with their transition to Western. The fee is $50 per person, which includes programming, meals and a Welcome Appetizer Reception. Learn more and sign up here:

Thursday, August 22

University Center 1 Western Way

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Lisa Bryan

Lisa Bryan left a negative review 8/21/2019

I was so dissapointed in the whole set up of the orientation. It should be made clear what is going to happen before I committ to paying $100 ($50 for each my husband and myself). WE did NOT eat a single morsel of food the entire weekend from the campus! Basically I was ripped off $100...

I have already been to college, I did not need to hear about resident life, or listen to the dean of students talk. What would have been beneficial was attending these classes with my student so I could answer her questions. I was highly disappointing this entire thing took 2 days. We are working class parents who had to take time off of work to do basically nothing but wait for our daughter to call us that she could see us.

Lisa Bryan

Lisa Bryan left a review 8/20/2019

Check in for the students went great. I appreciate there was plenty of time for them to get unloaded and unpacked before we were expected to meet in the stadium. The amount of help there for kids/parents to unload was also appreciated, but it would be very helpful if you told parents that bringing a dolly might be a good idea. We had one, but didn't bring it.

Initially, I felt that everyone who spoke to the students and parents at the staduim were intoxicated. You either need a new sound system or you should let parents know the sound system distorts what is being said. I thought both adults and both students who spoke were drunk. I've always known Western as Wasted State, and the quality of voice distribution did not make me change my mind.

I like that the kids were immediately thrown into a group of kids to help them meet new people and that parents were then given time to check into their hotels.