Parent and Family Orientation

Dad and Daughter

Parent and Family Orientation is our opportunity to welcome the families of our incoming students.  Parent and Family Orientation begins September 15, 2014 at 5 p.m. and runs through September 16, 2014 at 6:15 p.m. Programming for this event occurs simultaneously as programming for new students; your new student will be in other structured events during this time. Aside from seeing them throughout Move-in Day, you will also be able to observe them participate in the ceremonial March Through the Arch the morning of September 16 and will have the opportunity to say your goodbyes during a 30 minute pause in programming called Kiss'n'Bye on September 16. If you plan to make trips to any local stores, please schedule to do so before 5 p.m. on September 15 as your student will begin orientation meetings and activities at that time.

Your student will be participating in a structured orientation schedule (Wildcat Welcome) beginning the morning of Tuesday, September 16; he/she will be focusing on becoming oriented to campus, academics, new friends, and resources from September 16-September 22.

Click here for answers to Frequently asked questions about Parent and Family orientation.

Parent and Family Orientation Schedule

March Through the Arch

During Parent and Family Orientation, we look forward to hosting some of our traditional welcoming activities including the following:

  • Family Welcome Reception with President Morton Schapiro
  • March Through the Arch 
  • Kiss 'N' Bye
  • Information Sessions from Dean of Students and other important university offices
  • Resource Fair featuring campus offices such as Residential Services, Financial Aid, Health Services, and the University Library

View the Parent and Family Orientation Schedule here

View a letter from the Dean of Students to our incoming families here.

Meet the Family Ambassadors


Family Ambassadors assist with the execution of Parent and Family Orientation during Wildcat Welcome and will interact with family members throughout the program to ensure all questions are answered and needs are met. 

This year we have the privilege of having a Family Liaison working with our office.  The Family Liaison is a new student leadership position in our office dedicated to selecting, training, and mentoring the Family Ambassadors.

Meet the 2014 Family Liaison and Family Ambassadors here.


Travel and Hotels

transportation in Evanston

Whether it be by plane, train, or car, there are numerous ways to get to both Chicago and Evanston. We have a few resources that may be valuable as you look into traveling and staying in the Evanston/Chicago area.  Visit the visitor's section of the Undergraduate Admissions page to view travel directions, which includes area maps, specific breakdowns of travel routes, and turn-by-turn directions.  View our Travel and Hotels page to view answers to more specific questions you may have.