Parent 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 parents, the university and the student to work together. For these reasons, we invite you to attend the Parent 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 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 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 (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 should come to MSU on the date of the Parent 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 should come to MSU on the date of the Parent 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.
MSU offers the Parent Orientation Program at no cost to parents in conjunction with the Academic Orientation Program.
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.
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.
The following AOP dates include a Parent Orientation Program. Parents not able to come to POP at the same time their student is attending AOP can attend any available date. Parents may attend the entire program or any part that is beneficial to them.
July: 21 and 24
January: 5 and 6
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
8:30 - 8:45 a.m.: Welcome and program overview
8:45 - 9:30 a.m.: Academic Programs and Academic Success
9:30 - 10:00 a.m.: Academic Advising and Course Enrollment
10:00 - 10:15 a.m.: Break
10:15 - 11:00 a.m.: Student Billing/ Financial Aid/ Student Employment
11:00 - 11:15 a.m.: Question and answer
11:15 - 12:15 p.m.: Lunch
12:15 - 12:30 p.m.: Bus transportation on campus
12:30 - 1:15 p.m.: Health, safety, security and transitions in a student’s and parent’s life
1:15 - 1:30 p.m.: Break
1:30 - 2:00 p.m.: Student panel
2:00 - 2:30 p.m.: IT services
2:30 - 2:55 p.m.: Neighborhood student success programs and services
2:55 - 3:15 p.m.: Residential and hospitality services
Meeting your student
Parents and students can meet in the North Wonders Hall lounge. Students are typically finished between 4 and 5 p.m.
Parents and students can meet in Wells Hall. Students are typically finished between 3:30 and 7:00 p.m.
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.