Parent Orientation

  • Overview
  • The Program
  • Program Fee & Waiver
  • Parking & Accommodations
  • Cancellation & Change Policy
  • Other Programs to Consider
  • FAQs



Parent Orientation is a full day of presentations, workshops, and tours for parents and families of first-year students. Parent Orientation is offered in conjunction with the second day of the freshman student Advising & Orientation (A&O) program. However, Parent Orientation is open to parents of both freshman and transfer students.

Your Student Must Make the Reservation

Your student can register parents and other family members for Parent Orientation when they register for an A&O session online. If your student makes a reservation for you and decides to change their A&O date, your reservation will also get moved to that day. Please keep in mind that Parent Orientation may not be appropriate or engaging for younger siblings or children.

Travel Arrangements

Please do not make travel arrangements until your student is registered for A&O and receives a confirmation email.

The Program

The Program

Parent Orientation will provide you with an overview of the academic and co-curricular resources available to your student. You will meet faculty members, advisers, professional staff, and current students who will share their advice with you. Additionally, Parent Orientation is an opportunity to get your questions answered along with other parents and family members who are going through a similar transition. Orientation Leaders will be available throughout the day to guide you through the program schedule.

Time Frame8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check-in begins at 7:45 a.m. with formal sessions beginning at 8:15 a.m. Workshops will conclude by 4:45 p.m. with an optional reception from 5 - 6 p.m. 

Check-In Location: Kane Hall Lobby (Sessions rotate throughout the day in Kane Hall, Mary Gates Hall, and the Husky Union Building). All buildings are accessible and relatively close to each other. Several optional walking tours are available, so please dress comfortably.

Meals: A continental breakfast & lunch buffet are included in Parent Orientation.

Topics: Topics include academics, housing, tours, health, wellness, safety, finances, and campus resources. Download the Parent Orientation Agenda for an idea of how the day is structured.

Parent Orientation Agenda:

Program Fee & Waiver

Program Fee & Waiver

Program Fee: $75 for the first parent; $65 for each additional parent

A separate fee is charged in order to participate in Parent Orientation. This fee is billed directly to your student's tuition account and is used to offset the cost of planning the Parent Orientation program (facilities reservations, meals, supplies/materials, staffing, etc.). 

This fee is not charged directly to you. Rather, the fee will appear on your student’s autumn quarter tuition statement with payment due no later than the third Friday of the autumn quarter.

Fee Waiver

A limited number of fee waivers are available to cover the cost of the Parent Orientation registration fee. Your student should reserve your Parent Orientation session to ensure space, then fill out the Parent Orientation Fee Waiver form with the information below: 

  • Parent or family member name(s)
  • Student name and ID number
  • A brief explanation of why you are requesting a fee waiver

Parking & Accommodations

Parking & Accommodations

Traveling to Campus 

Explore options for coming to campus. If traveling by car, parking in the Central Plaza Garage near Kane Hall, is included in your registration for Parent Orientation. Instructions on how to access the parking pass is located in your reservation confirmation email. If you cannot find the email please email or give us a call 206-543-4905. 

On-Campus Accommodations (Housing) 

Parents and families are able to make reservations through Housing & Food Services to stay in an on-campus residence hall while attending Parent A&O. Information on rooms available, how to reserve a room, and cost can be found here.

Hotel Accommodations 

Please visit our Hotel Accommodations website for a list of local accommodations in the University District. 

Cancellation & Change Policy

Cancellation & Change Policy

We finalize space, printing, and catering one week before each Parent Orientation session. If you are able, please make any cancellations or changes more than one week before your Parent Orientation date.

Changes made within one week of your Parent Orientation will result in a $20.00 change fee to cover the loss of space, printing, and catering. Additionally, being a no-show, the day of Parent Orientation will result in a forfeiture of the Parent Orientation fee. This charge will be billed to the student’s account.

Changes can be made by email ( or telephone (+1.206.543.4905). Please visit the cancellation policy page for more information.


Other Programs to Consider

Other Programs to Consider

Stay Connected to Parents: The path to graduation can be just as challenging for a family as it is for their student; that’s why we’re dedicated to connecting you with the right resources to support your student’s success and ensure that the whole family can participate in a truly remarkable Husky Experience.

Stay connected through the following channels:

Parents Facebook Group

UW Parents and Family Programs Facebook Page


International Student Send-offs: Are you joining us from abroad? Meet alumni, current and other incoming students at an send-off in your country! Learn more on their website here.

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 What if I did not pre-register Parent Orientation? Can I still attend? Yes, it is likely there will still be space for you to attend. Please contact us at so we can make sure there is space.  

I'm not sure if my student signed me up for Parent Orientation. How do I check? Feel free to contact us and we can confirm if you are registered for Parent Orientation. 

When will I be charged for Parent Orientation? Payment for Parent Orientation is not due when you register. Charges will be added to your student's tuition bill due in October. 

More FAQs

Parent and Family Programs

After Parent Orientation, get connected to campus by attending events like Parent & Family Weekend.

Parent & Family Programs website

Parent Facebook Page

Connect with other UW Parents and join the conversation on the Parent Facebook page.

Connect with UW Parents