New Student Orientation

For Undergraduate Students

Schedule of Events for Families

Visit the Parents & Families website for resources throughout your student's time at Cal Lutheran.

The transition to college is one of the biggest steps your student will take in their life. However, your student is not the only person making a transition. While they are learning how to live on their own and making their own decisions, you, too are confronted with a new set of circumstances.

Whether your student is living at home or on campus, you will most likely see your role as a family member change. Family Orientation has been created to make this transition as stress-free as possible.

Friday, Aug. 28
8:00am - 12:00pm

Orientation Check-in and Residential Hall Move-In

The time has finally come for your student to check-in to their room!

Kingsmen Park (Gazebo Side)
12:00pm - 5:30pm

Info Tent

Come to the Info Tent with any questions or for late check-in.


Library Open House

Come visit the library and check out all the studying materials and areas that are available to your student.

Pearson Library
8:00am - 5:00pm

ID Cards and Parking Permit

Students may pick up their ID card and parking permit in Ullman Commons 100/101.

Ullman Commons 100/101
4:30pm - 5:15pm

Commuter Campus Tours

Peer Advisors give tours of the campus to Commuter Students.

Kingsmen Park (Shakespeare Side)
4:30pm - 5:30pm

Residential Student Family Meeting

Families meet with Residence Life to learn about living on campus.

GSFC (Arena)
5:45pm - 6:30pm

President's Welcome

President Chris Kimball welcomes you to the Cal Lutheran family.

GSFC (Arena)
6:30pm - 7:45pm

Cal Lutheran Family Dinner

First-year and transfer families are invited to join us for great food and entertainment.

Kingsmen Park (Both Sides)
Saturday, Aug. 29
8:00am - 6:30pm

Info Tent

Come to the Info Tent with any qestions or for late check-in.

8:30am - 9:15am

Coffee Social

Join us for some coffee and casual conversation before the first session of the day--Lutheran Higher Education.

GSFC (Arena)
9:15am - 10:15am

Lutheran Higher Education

Do you have a middle name? We do too.

Students and staff share their thoughts on who we are and what makes us distinctive.

GSFC (Arena)
10:30am - 11:45am

Campus Resources

Come and learn more about the following on-campus resources: Business Office, Health Services, Study Abroad, Campus Safety, Multicultural Porgrams, Center for Student Success, Student Counseling Services, and Registrar.

GSFC (Arena)
10:30am - 11:45am

Campus Resources in Spanish

Come and learn more about the following on-campus resources: Business Office, Health Services, Study Abroad, Campus Safety, Multicultural Porgrams, Center for Student Success, Student Counseling Services, and Registrar.

Ullman Commons 100/101
12:00pm - 1:30pm

Community Connection and Lunch

Come and meet different Cal Lutheran offices and vendors that offer useful resources for you. Enjoy Lunch!

Kingsmen Park
2:00pm - 2:45pm

Families Meet Faculty

Families meet faculty mentors of their student.

Designated Classrooms/ Lundring Events Center
3:30pm - 4:15pm

Disability Support Services

Learn about resources available to you inside and outside the classroom.

Nygreen 1
3:30pm - 4:15pm

GI Bill & Yellow Ribbon 101

Informational meeting for veteran students and military families.

Ullman Commons 101
4:00pm - 5:30pm

President's Reception and Family Send-Off

Meet President Chris Kimball and enjoy some refreshments.

President's Patio

Family Sessions

You will have the opportunity to hear from several different offices around campus. Some of the family sessions include:

1. Academic and Financial Guidance
  • Business Office: Learn the basics of maintaining your student account and how to navigate new policies and payment options.
  • Registrar: Hear about how parents can access their students' grades, the 4 to Finish program, and other class and schedule information.
2. Multicultural and Study Abroad Opportunities
  • Multicultural Programs: Learn about the variety of Culture and Justice Clubs on campus, the amazing multicultural video and book library, the cultural programs, and unique leadership opportunities available through this office.
  • Study Abroad: A semester abroad is more affordable than you might think. Cal Lutheran offers opportunities to study in over 70 countries. Hear more about this important part of Cal Lutheran's mission to educate leaders for a global society.
3. Academic and Accessibility Resources and Campus Safety
  • Center for Student Success: CSS serves the Cal Lutheran community and supports students who want to maximize their academic achievement. CSS offers the following academic resources: Students Taking Academic Responsibility (STAR) Program, Disability Support Services, testing services, tutoring information, Academic Difficulty Notices and Faculty Advisor assignments.
  • Campus Safety: Learn the function of Campus Safety, how it serves the CLU community, and some steps students need to take to stay safe and protect their property.
4. Counseling and Health Services
  • Student Counseling Services provides professional, confidential psychological counseling services free of charge to registered Cal Lutheran students and psychological education and consultation to the entire campus community. Students are seen by appointment or, if experiencing a psychological crisis, on a walk-in basis.
  • Health Services will address what services are available, which students are eligible to use our office, and the cost of services. Patient confidentiality and some of our policies will also be discussed.

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