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.


2021 Parent and Family Kickstart Virtual Info Sessions

As you prepare for the start of the fall semester, we cordially invite you to participate in Oxy’s Parent and Family Kickstart Virtual Info Sessions. Sessions will be presented each week from July 26 through New Student Move-In on August 23 (August 26 for sophomore students).

Register for Parent & Family Kickstart Sessions

Click to view the full kickstart virtual schedule for July 26–August 24

July 26

Welcome to Occidental College | 9:00 a.m.–9:20 a.m.
Harry J. Elam, Jr., President of Occidental College
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Our sincere apologies, as there are some technical issues with the video recording.

Sophomore Welcome | 9:30 a.m.–9:45 a.m.
Dean Rob Flot, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
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Welcome from the First Gen Coalition | 1:00 p.m.–1:45 p.m.
Erik Quezada '09, Director for Neighborhood Partnership Program
A recording of this session is not available. Please contact equezada@oxy.edu for more information on the First Gen Coalition.

July 27

Families of Student Athletes | 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Shanda Ness, Director of Athletics
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July 28

Equity and Justice at Occidental College | 2:00 p.m.–2:45 p.m.
Chris Arguedas, Director of the Intercultural Community Center
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July 29

Student Wellness | 4:30-5:30 pm
Sara Semal, Senior Director of Student Wellness and Special Advisor to the President on Health and Safety
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August 2

Occidental's Community Book Program | 2:00 pm
President Elam and Heather McGhee in Conversation
*Separate registration required for this event. RSVP here

August 5

Hameetman Career Center Programs and Services | 5:00-6:00 pm
Jamila Chambers, Executive Director, Hameetman Career Center; Thalia González, Professor of Politics and Pre-Law Advisor; Jennifer Locke, Director of National and International Fellowships; and Kat Wang, Director of Pre-Health Advising
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August 10

Alumni Seal Conversations | 4:30-5:30 pm
Namandjé Bumpus '03 and Gretchen North, John W. McMenamin Endowed Chair in Biology
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August 12

Culture of Care | 4:30-5:30 pm
Elizabeth Braxton, Associate Director of Residential Education and Housing Services; Irma Breakfield, Interim Director of the Emmons Wellness Center; and Vivian Garay Santiago, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Student Success
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August 17

Sexual Respect and Your Student | 4:30-5:30 pm
Alexandra Fulcher, Title IX Coordinator
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August 19

Your Student is in College. . . Now What? | 4:30-5:30 pm
Dean Rob Flot, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, and Wendy Sternberg, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College
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August 24

Your Student is a Sophomore. . . Now What? | 4:30-5:30 pm
Caro Brighouse, Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs; Vivian Garay Santiago, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Student Success; and Marcus Rodriguez, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Student Leadership, Involvement, and Community Engagement (SLICE)
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2021 Family Orientation

We will host in-person Family Orientation Programs on August 23 and 26 and mini-orientation programs for the families of those arriving early for Fall Athletics. Please remember that all guests will be required to wear masks indoors and in outdoor situations where social distancing is not possible, regardless of vaccination status. We kindly ask that anyone experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID remain home and not come to campus.

Due to our new communal dining and event guidelines, we will be unable to host the following scheduled events - You Heard it Here First Parent and Student Panel (August 23 and 26); President and Dr. Elam’s Welcome Reception for Families (August 23 and 26); and the Parents Council Coffee with Senior Leadership (August 24). The Marketplace and Tiger Cooler will also be closed to the public. Your student will be able to order food for you to eat outdoors on campus, or you may enjoy some of our local dining options.

Register for In-Person Family Orientation

Click to view the full family orientation schedule for August 13–26

August 13 | Men's and Women's Soccer

8:00 am-12:00 pm | Move In
Upper Level, Johnson Student Center
Students should check-in at the Card Office to pick up their room keys, then proceed to their residence halls to move in. The Card Office opens at 8 AM. Your student will also have mandatory testing in the morning, and will have received specific details from their coach regarding the timing.

9:00 am-5:00 pm | Academic Commons and Belonging@Oxy Project
Mary Norton Clapp Library
Drop by the Academic Commons to learn about the research and technical resources available to your student; explore Oxy's special collections and archives; and view the handmade Belonging at Oxy community book.

10:00 am-3:00 pm | Oxy Bookstore
Lower Level, Johnson Student Center
The Occidental College Bookstore is your source for signature Oxywear and Oxy gifts.

2:00-3:00 pm | Campus Tour
Departs from Gilman Fountain, located between Hinchliffe Hall (#28, B3) and Herrick Chapel
Dean Rob Flot and Athletics Director Shanda Ness will be on hand to greet parents and families prior to our student-led campus tour. We'll also have a welcome gift for each family, courtesy of the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement.

August 14 | Volleyball and Men's Water Polo

8:00 am-12:00 pm | Move In
Upper Level, Johnson Student Center
Students should check-in at the Card Office to pick up their room keys, then proceed to their residence halls to move in. The Card Office opens at 8 AM. Your student will also have mandatory testing in the morning, and will have received specific details from their coach regarding the timing.

10:00 am-3:00 pm | Oxy Bookstore
Lower Level, Johnson Student Center
The Occidental College Bookstore is your source for signature Oxywear and Oxy gifts.

12:00 pm-3:00 pm | Academic Commons and Belonging@Oxy Project
Mary Norton Clapp Library
Drop by the Academic Commons to learn about the research and technical resources available to your student; explore Oxy's special collections and archives; and view the handmade Belonging at Oxy community book.

2:00-3:00 pm | Campus Tour
Departs from Gilman Fountain, located between Hinchliffe Hall (#28, B3) and Herrick Chapel
Dean Rob Flot and Athletics Director Shanda Ness will be on hand to greet parents and families prior to our student-led campus tour. We'll also have a welcome gift for each family, courtesy of the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement.

August 15 | Men's and Women's Cross Country

8:00 am-12:00 pm | Move In
Upper Level, Johnson Student Center
Students should check in at the Card Office to pick up their room keys, then proceed to their residence halls to move in. The Card Office opens at 8 am. Your student will also have mandatory testing in the morning, and will have received specific details from their coach regarding the timing.

12:00 pm-3:00 pm | Oxy Bookstore
Lower Level, Johnson Student Center
The Occidental College Bookstore is your source for signature Oxywear and Oxy gifts.

12:00 pm-3:00 pm | Academic Commons and Belonging@Oxy Project
Mary Norton Clapp Library
Drop by the Academic Commons to learn about the research and technical resources available to your student; explore Oxy's special collections and archives; and view the handmade Belonging at Oxy community book.

2:00-3:00 pm | Campus Tour
Departs from Gilman Fountain, located between Hinchliffe Hall (#28, B3) and Herrick Chapel
Dean Rob Flot and Athletics Director Shanda Ness will be on hand to greet parents and families prior to our student-led campus tour. We'll also have a welcome gift for each family, courtesy of the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement.

August 17

Please contact the International Programs Office at ipo@oxy.edu if you plan to accompany your student for move-in at Oxy. We encourage international families to attend the Orientation program on August 23.

August 23 | First-Year Family Orientation

8 am - 2:30 pm | Welcome Center and Check-In
Johnson Student Center Walkway
Your first stop on campus will be the Welcome Center and central check-in. Please enter campus at the Bird Road/Campus Road intersection, and you will be directed to parking lots and structures around campus. At the Welcome Center, you will receive a family gift and helpful information from the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement, and your student will check in with the Orientation team, Housing, and Card Services (their ID card serves as their electronic room key for the residence halls). After checking in, you will receive directions on how to travel to your student’s residence hall. There will be a drop off location in front of each hall for unloading and designated parking once you’ve emptied your vehicle. Please review the Fall 2021 Move-in Day Guide for additional information.

In an effort to ensure a smooth and safe move-in experience, we are asking students and families to arrive on campus at a specific time, based on a student’s last name:

Last name begins with Move-in Time
A-B 8 am
C-F 9 am
G-L 10 am
M-R 11 am
S-Z Noon

We understand that this may not work for everyone, based on your existing travel plans and logistics for the day. If you cannot move in at your designated time, please feel free to arrive at any time during the move-in period; you do not need to notify us. Students should check in no later than 2 p.m.

8 am to 8pm | Covid Testing for Arriving Students
Cannon Rotunda on the second floor of AGC
All students are required to be tested no later than five days after their arrival. For the week of August 23, the testing schedule will be Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. View more information about testing protocols.

8:30 am - 6 pm | Oxy Bookstore
Johnson Student Center, Lower Level
The Occidental College Bookstore is your source for signature Oxywear and Oxy gifts.

9 am - 5 pm | Oxy Archives and the Belonging@Oxy Project
Academic Commons
Drop by the Academic Commons to learn about the research and technical resources available to your student; explore Oxy's special collections and archives; and view the handmade "Belonging at Oxy" community book. 

2 pm - 3 pm | Campus Tours
Departing from Gilman Fountain
Join student tour guides from the Office of Admission for an exploration of Oxy’s beautiful campus.

4 pm | Welcome to Oxy! A Community Event
Remsen Bird Hillside Theater
Join President Harry J. Elam, Jr. for the official welcome, held in the same location where your student will celebrate their Commencement!

August 26 | Sophomore Family Orientation

8 am - 2:30 pm | Welcome Center and Check-In
Johnson Student Center Walkway
Your first stop on campus will be the Welcome Center and central check-in. Please enter campus at the Bird Road/Campus Road intersection, and you will be directed to parking lots and structures around campus. At the Welcome Center, you will receive a family gift and helpful information from the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement, and your student will check in with the Orientation team, Housing, and Card Services (their ID card serves as their electronic room key for the residence halls). After checking in, you will receive directions on how to travel to your student’s residence hall. There will be a drop off location in front of each hall for unloading and designated parking once you’ve emptied your vehicle. Please review the Fall 2021 Move-in Day Guide for additional information.

8 am to 8pm | Covid Testing for Arriving Students
Cannon Rotunda on the second floor of AGC
All students are required to be tested no later than five days after their arrival. For the week of August 23, the testing schedule will be Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.​​​​​​​ View more information about testing protocols.

8:30 am - 6 pm | Oxy Bookstore
Johnson Student Center, Lower Level
The Occidental College Bookstore is your source for signature Oxywear and Oxy gifts.

9 am - 5 pm | Oxy Archives and the Belonging@Oxy Project
Academic Commons
Drop by the Academic Commons to learn about the research and technical resources available to your student; explore Oxy's special collections and archives; and view the handmade "Belonging at Oxy" community book. 

2 pm - 3 pm | Campus Tours
Departing from Gilman Fountain
Join student tour guides from the Office of Admission for an exploration of Oxy’s beautiful campus.

4 pm | Welcome to Oxy! A Community Event
Remsen Bird Hillside Theater
Join President Harry J. Elam, Jr. for the official welcome, held in the same location where your student will celebrate their Commencement!

 

Want to see what your student will be up to? Click below to view the student orientation schedules.