Orientation for Parents & Families (Tuesday, January 26, 2016)

New Student standing in dorm room with familyAs family members of a new Whittier College Poet, you must be very proud. Attending a private liberal arts college speaks volumes of 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 the College's curriculum, academic policies, graduation requirements, and student life programs and services. Download the Family Orientation Guidebook for information on these topics. 


A memorable and enjoyable Orientation experience awaits parents and families. The full schedule will be available below in May so please check back then.