Parent/Family Orientation Program

We are excited that your student has chosen Michigan State University! We understand the important role you have played in preparing your student to attend college. We also know how important it is for families, the university and the student to work together. For these reasons, we invite you to attend the Parent/Family Orientation Program (POP)* offered in conjunction with the Academic Orientation Program (AOP).

By holding separate orientations, MSU staff is better able to address the unique priorities and questions that students and parents/families typically have. In addition, orientation is a step in your student’s adjustment to college life dealing with topics that will be encountered in college.

POP will provide the opportunity to:

  • Become acquainted with various aspects of the university's academic, residential and student life
  • Hear from members of MSU's faculty, administrative staff and student body
  • Receive an enriched sense of sharing in college life

*Due to the size of our May AOP, there is not a separate Parent/Family Orientation. Parents/Family are welcome to attend the majority of AOP sessions along with their student. Please see the Academic Orientation Program section for more information.


Registration

Due to limited space, it is necessary to register for POP prior to attending. MSU strongly discourages bringing small children/siblings since POP is not designed for a young audience.


Arriving on campus

See below for details specific to each AOP program.


Look for the orientation welcome tent, located near the orientation parking lot. Orientation staff members will welcome students and parents, give directions to the program locations and respond to general questions. At this point, students and parents will go to their respective programs.

Parents/Families (POP) check-in: Kellogg Center
Students (AOP) check-in: Case Hall

POP check-in begins at 6:45 a.m., and the first session begins at 8:00 a.m.

All parents/families should come to MSU on the date of the Parent/Family Orientation Program and park in the area designated (see August parking information on the AOP information page).

Program check-in begins at 7:00 a.m. in the Kellogg Center, and the first session begins at 8:30 a.m.

All parents/families should come to MSU on the date of the Parent/Family Orientation Program and park in the area designated (see January parking information on the AOP information page).

Program check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. in the Kellogg Center, and the first session begins at 8:30 a.m.


Costs

MSU offers the Parent/Family Orientation Program at no cost to parents in conjunction with the Academic Orientation Program.


Meals

A lunch break is provided during the program. There are also other scheduled breaks. Lunch is available for purchase in the Kellogg Center State Room or Brody dining hall.


Lodging

Parents or other family members should make their own lodging accommodations in the local area. Parents are encouraged to stay at the Kellogg Center Hotel and Conference Center. Ask for the special MSU parent rate.

A list of additional recommended hotels and inns, including rates, is provided by the MSU Office of the Controller.


Dates

The following AOP dates include a Parent/Family Orientation Program. Parents/families not able to come to POP at the same time their student is attending AOP can attend any available date. Parents/families may attend the entire program or any part that is beneficial to them.

January: 4 and 5

July: 19, 20 and 23

August: TBA

 


Parent orientation schedule

Schedules for each program are tentative.


6:45 - 8:00 a.m.: Check-in at Kellogg Center
8:00 - 8:05 a.m.: Program overview
8:05 - 8:10 a.m.: MSU welcome
8:10 - 8:15 a.m.: City of East Lansing welcome
8:15 - 8:55 a.m.: Academic programs and academic success
8:55 - 9:25 a.m.: Academic advising and course enrollment
9:25 - 9:30 a.m.: Break
9:30 - 9:40 a.m.: Career Services Network
9:40 - 10:05 a.m.: Student accounts
10:05 - 10:30 a.m.: Financial aid
10:30 - 10:40 a.m.: Career Services Network/student accounts/financial aid Q&A
10:40 - 10:50 a.m.: Break
10:50 - 11:20 a.m.: Health, safety, security and transitions in a student’s and parent’s life
11:20 - 12:30 p.m.: Lunch
12:30 - 1:00 p.m.: IT services
1:00 - 1:15 p.m.: CATA bus system
1:15 - 1:45 p.m.: Student panel
1:45 - 2:15 p.m.: Neighborhoods/engagement centers
2:15 - 2:45 p.m.: Housing and campus life resources
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.: Resource fair in Wonders Hall kiva
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.: Residence hall room tour

7:00 - 8:30 a.m.: Check-in at Kellogg Center
8:30 - 8:35 a.m.: MSU welcome
8:35 - 8:40 a.m.: City of East Lansing welcome
8:40 - 8:45 a.m.: Program overview
8:45 - 9:25 a.m.: Academic programs and academic success
9:25 - 9:55 a.m.: Academic advising and course enrollment
9:55 - 10:00 a.m.: Break
10:00 - 10:30 a.m.: Student billing and student work
10:30 - 10:50 a.m.: Financial aid
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Lunch at Kellogg Center
12:30 - 1:15 p.m.: Housing and campus life resources
1:15 - 1:30 p.m.: Bus transportation on campus
1:30 - 2:00 p.m.: Student panel
2:00 - 2:15 p.m.: Break
2:15 - 3:00 p.m.: Health, safety, security and transitions in a student’s and parent’s life
3:00 - 3:30 p.m.: Computing and technology
3:30 - 7:00 p.m.: Student pick-up in Wells Hall

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.: Check-in at Kellogg Center
8:30 a.m. – 8:40 a.m.: MSU Welcome
8:40 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.: City of East Lansing Welcome
8:45 am – 9:30 a.m.: Academic Programs and Academic Success
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.: Academic Advising and Course Enrollment
10:00 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.: Break
10:10 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.: Student Employment Career Services
10:20 a.m. -10:40 a.m.: Student Accounts and Billing
10:40 a.m.-11:00 a.m.: Financial Aid
11:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m.: Q and A
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 a.m.: Lunch- Kellogg State Room or Brody Hall
12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Bus Transportation CATA
12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.: Health, Safety, Security and Transitions in a Student’s and Parent’s Life
1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Break
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Student Panel
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: IT Services
2:30 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.: Neighborhood Student Success Programs and Services
2:55 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.: Residential and Hospitality Services


Meeting your student

June-July programs: 

Parents/families and students can meet in the North Wonders Hall lounge. Students are typically finished between 4 and 5 p.m.

August/January programs:

Parents/families and students can meet in Wells Hall. Students are typically finished between 3:30 and 7:00 p.m.


Emergency information

While it is unusual for a student to be injured while attending AOP, Michigan State University reserves the right to call for emergency assistance, including an ambulance, should an injury occur. If transportation by ambulance is necessary, the student will be responsible for meeting any expenses.