Why should I attend?
Students report that input from their parents is one of the most significant influences on the decisions that they make when they come to IC. Informed families can and do influence the success of their children when they attend college. The more you know about the academic resources and services available to your son or daughter, the better prepared you will be to ask the “right” questions or provide the most helpful answers in the future.
Why do family members have a separate program?
Not surprisingly, parents of new students often have different concerns than their sons and daughters when it comes to college transition. While both are concerned about classes and course registration, students are typically focused on a few additional topics. Parents tend to have more questions concerning health services, safety on campus, college financing and the overall well-being of their sons and daughters. Parent orientation covers these issues in detail.
In addition, the College wants students to begin assuming primary responsibility for their academic and co-curricular decisions. Orientation serves as the steppingstone in this process, highlighting relevant resources and reminding students that their decisions will have important consequences.
How can I help my student prepare?
There are a couple things you can do to help your student prepare for orientation.
- Ensure that they complete the online Mathematics Placement Exam. It is integral that all students take the Math Placement Exam prior to coming to orientation. This will make their experience more enjoyable and expedite the registration process.
- Ensure that students who are required to take the online Language Placement Exams take their exams prior to coming to orientation. Students will not register for related courses without this test on their record.
- Take your student to their physician to complete the Health and Immunization Form. This form can be turned in during orientation check-in.
- Talk with your student about course expectations. You will not be with your student when they register for classes and will not be able to be in contact with them. Please discuss any registration concerns prior to orientation.
- Help them pack. Please view the recommended packing list for students and ensure that they pack all their necessary items.
- Be a guide and set expectations. Your student may be overwhelmed with the amount of people who he/she is going to meet at orientation. Help your student understand that this is a time to step out of their comfort zone and to meet new people. They will be given a lot of new information that is important, but may be forgotten. Encourage your student to take notes and listen for important information that will assist them in their transition. Tell them to have fun! Orientation is a great experience and most students report feeling more comfortable with their decision to attend IC after orientation.