Orientation for Parents & Families (Sunday, September 6, 2015)

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. You may view the Orientation schedule below or download the Involvio app to your smartphone for easy access. 

1. Download the  Involvio app
2. Create an account via Facebook or email (You will have to verify your email address)
3. Sign in and select Whittier College
4. Select Family Orientation 2015
5. Select Family Orientation Schedule

Sunday, September 6, 2015

8:00 A.M. — 12:00 P.M.

International Student Orientation

Dezember Alumni House

8:00 A.M. — 11:00 A.M.

Residential Student Check-In*

North Lawn

10:00 A.M — 12:00 P.M.

Commuter Student Check-In*

North Lawn

8:30 A.M. — 3:00 P.M.

Business, Financial Aid, and Admissions Offices Open House

Mendenhall & Weingart Hall

11:00 A.M. — 12:00 P.M.                                                                    

Black Student Union's Family & Student Welcome

Club 88

11:00 A.M. — 12:00 P.M

Asian and Pacific Islander Student & Family Welcome

Villalobos Hall

11:00 A.M. — 12:00 P.M.

Disability Services Meeting

Wardman Library, Lower Level

11:00 A.M. — 2:00 P.M.

Lunch (available for purchase)

Campus Inn

12:00 P.M. — 1:30 P.M.

Latino/Latina Student & Family Welcome

Memorial Chapel

12:30 P.M. — 1:30 P.M.

Commuter Student Information Session

Shannon Center

2:00 P.M. — 3:00 P.M.

Sesión Informativa en Español        

Villalobos Hall

2:00 P.M. — 4:15 P.M.

Family Sessions

Graham Athletic Center

2:15 P.M. — 3:15 P.M.

DigLibArts Tour & Wardman Library Archives and Special Collections

Wardman Library, Main Floor

4:30 P.M. — 5:30 P.M.

President's Reception

Turner Courtyard

5:30 P.M. — 7:00 P.M.

Poet-Featured Restaurants for Families

Uptown Whittier

7:15 P.M. — 8:15 P.M.

President's Welcome and Convocation

Harris Amphitheatre

8:15 P.M. — 9:15 P.M.

Family Reception

Campus Center Courtyard

*ALL students are required to attend check-in