Orientation for Parents & Families (January 28, 2014)

As family members of a new Whittier College Poet, you must be very proud. Attending a private, select, national liberal arts college speaks for the accomplishments of your student and the role you played in guiding him/her to this point. Our goal is to continue to support your student's academic success and personal development at Whittier.

Orientation is geared to prepare new students for seamless transition to college. Part of that transition involves the encouragement and understanding of families. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or sibling, you are an important source of support that enables your student to be successful. The adjustment to college life and the academic challenges of a new learning environment require greater personal independence, motivation, and responsibility.

As a part of New Student Orientation, Family Orientation is designed to provide you with essential information that promotes student success and help you understand our curriculum at the College, academic policies, graduation requirements, and student life programs and services.


A memorable and enjoyable Orientation experience awaits our parents and families. You are invited to join your student at the events highlighted below:

Welcome and Orientation Overview
A.J. Villalobos Hall, Noon
Dr. Jeanne Ortiz, Dean of Students, will outline the orientation program.  

Are You Smarter Than Johnny Poet?
Club 88, 3:30 p.m.
Learn about services on campus and how students can make the most of their time at Whittier.  

Light of Learning Ceremony
Memorial Chapel, 5 p.m.

Welcome Dinner (takes place after Light of Learning Ceremony)
A.J. Villalobos Hall
Meet Whittier College President Sharon Herzberger at this special dinner. 

Download the Spring 2014 Orientation schedule.