Parent Orientation

At Tulane, we consider parents and families of our students as partners with us in inspiring students’ success. We know that it can be challenging for parents and families to navigate university systems to assist and coach their college student from afar, so we offer help to parents within our orientation programs for new students.

Typically, over 80% of the incoming class attends New Student Orientation – two-day, overnight sessions offered late May through June each year. Though not required for parents, we invite you to attend our unique complement of presentations and activities designed specifically for parents which run concurrently with those for students. If you attend, you will receive abundant information to help you support your student through this transition to life at college, in particular at Tulane. Use these links for complete details on: 

On those pages you’ll find the link your student will use to reserve a space and add you as a guest.


Can't attend orientation?

If you cannot attend New Student Orientation with your student, don't worry! Over half of our student participants attend without parents. Each student is assigned to a group of 20 new classmates led by our experienced, trained Orientation Team Leaders. New students will always have an upperclass student available to answer questions and guide them through the experience. Once the program starts at 1:30 pm on the first day, all meals, snacks, materials and supervised activities are included in the program fee. If you'd like to pre-arrange transportation to and from the airport for your student, use the link on our Lodging and Travel Resources page.

We strongly encourage all students to attend, but if your student cannot attend New Student Orientation, please make sure they follow the New Student Summer Checklist and read the "Navigator" e-newsletters sent on the 1st and 15th June – August to stay on track. The Navigator contains notices of upcoming deadlines, descriptions of Fall Welcome programs and advice on preparing for the move to campus.

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Office of Parent Programs, New Orleans, LA 70118 877-TUP-WAVE (877-887-9283)