Orientation Information for Families

Welcome to Occidental College!

Orientation is designed to create a dynamic, celebratory and welcoming environment—a space where your student can explore how to make informed academic decisions and responsible social choices by tapping into resources and services offered by the College.

New Family Orientation

We will host in-person New Family Orientation Programs (first-year and transfers) and mini-orientation programs for the families of those arriving early for Fall Athletics or LA Engage. Please note that all attendees at family orientation will be required at check-in to show proof of full COVID vaccination. Additionally, all guests will be required to wear masks indoors and in outdoor situations where social distancing is not possible. We kindly ask that anyone experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID remain home and not come to campus.

2022 Schedule at a Glance for New Family Orientation

Student Athlete Move-In Days
  • Thursday, August 18, 2022
    • 2:00 - 3:00 PM - Parents of Student Athletes and Coaches Reception 
    • 3:00 - 400 PM - “Your Student is in College, Now What?” with Rob Flot, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students and Wendy F. Sternberg, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College
      • Early arrival parents are welcome to participate in New Family Orientation activities, on 8/22 and 8/23 should your schedule allow.
LA Engage Move-In Day 
  • Saturday, August 20, 2022
    • 2:00 - 3:00 PM - “Your Student is in College, Now What?” with Rob Flot, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students and Wendy F. Sternberg, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College
    • 3:00 - 4:00 PM - Parent Reception for LA Engage Arrivals
      • Early arrival parents are welcome to participate in New Family Orientation activities, on 8/22 and 8/23 should your schedule allow.
New Family Orientation Activities
  • Monday, August 22, 2022 (New Student Move-In Day)
    • Welcome Tent
    • Campus Tours 
    • Library Special Collections Tour 
    • Athletics Facilities Self Tour
    • Lunch  - on your own (check out a local restaurant or campus dining)
    • Presentation by Campus Partners - TBD
    • “Your Student is in College, Now What?” with Rob Flot, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students and Wendy F. Sternberg, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College
    • Parent & Student Panel - Tips for First-Year Students
    • Presentation by Campus Partners - Emmons Health Center
    • President's Reception for New Families
    • Welcome to Oxy! A Community Celebration 
    • Dinner  - on your own (check out a local restaurant or campus dining)
  • Tuesday, August 23, 2022
    • Parents Coffee - hosted by the Parents Council
    • Meet the Vice President for Equity & Justice
    • Lunch - on your own (check out a local restaurant or campus dining)
    • First Gen Lunch
    • Presentation by Campus Partners -  International Programs and Campaign Semester
    • Faculty Research Presentation 
    • Presentation by Campus Partners - Hameetman Career Center, Pre-Health, and Fellowships
    • Academic Fair on the Quad
    • 5:30-6:30 PM - Sweet Send Offs - Take the time to have a sweet treat with your student as you say your goodbyes.
      • This event concludes New Family Orientation Programming; family members are asked to depart campus as the remainder of the schedule is for students only.

*Please note all events are optional and events are subject to change.  Specific times, locations and other information will be updated as details become available.