New Student Orientation

For Traditional Undergraduates

For Families

Visit the Parents & Families website for resources throughout your student's time at Cal Lutheran.

The transition to college is one of the biggest steps your student will take in their life. However, your student is not the only person making a transition. While they are learning how to live on their own and making their own decisions, you, too are confronted with a new set of circumstances.

Whether your student is living at home or on campus, you will most likely see your role as a family member change. Family Orientation has been created to make this transition as stress-free as possible.

Saturday
Saturday, August 26th
10:00am - 6:00pm
Cal Lutheran Bookstore Open

Stop by the Campus Store to purchase your textbooks. 

Campus Store
11:00am - 5:30pm
Info Tent

Come to the Info Tent with any questions or for late check-in. 

Flagpoles
3:30pm - 4:15pm
President's Welcome

Come and get your first welcome to the Cal Lutheran family by the President!

GSFC (Arena)
4:15pm - 5:00pm
Campus Resources for Families

Come and learn more about the following on-campus resources: Business Office, Health Services, Study Abroad, Multicultural Programs, Counseling and Psycological Services, Academic Services, Student Life, and Campus Safety.

GSFC (Arena)
5:15pm - 5:45pm
First Year Families Meet Faculty

First-Year Families meet faculty mentors of their student.

Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center
5:15pm - 5:45pm
Transfer Families Meet Faculty

Transfer Families meet Cal Lutheran faculty members. 

Overton Hall
6:00pm - 6:45pm
Residence Life Family Meeting

At this session you will learn all about what life will be like for your student living on campus. Specifically, this session will cover hall staff, RA programs, and the student code of conduct. We will conclude with an interactive Q & A to answer all of your questions.

Samuelson Chapel
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Cal Lutheran Community Dinner

First year and transfer families are invited to join us for great food and entertainment.

Kingsmen Park (Both Sides)
Sunday
Sunday, August 27th
8:00am - 1:00pm
Info Tent

Come to the Info Tent with any questions or for late check-in.

Flagpoles
8:15am - 8:45am
Campus Worship

Come to Samuelson Chapel to see what worship looks like for students during the school year.

Samuelson Chapel
8:15am - 8:45am
How to Get Your Student Connected

Learn how to get your student connected to campus life at Cal Lutheran! 

GSFC (Arena)
9:00am - 9:30am
Lutheran Higher Education

Do you have a middle name? We do too. Students and staff share their thoughts on who we are and what makes us distinctive.

GSFC (Arena)
9:45am - 10:45am
College 101 for First Generation

First one in your family to attend college? First Generation students and their families are invited to attend this session to hear life lessons from a recent first generation graduate from Cal Lutheran, Alexandra Perez, and receive a mock lecture from faculty member, Dr. Paloma Vargas. 

GSFC (Arena)
9:45am - 10:45am
Disability Support Services

Learn about resources available to you inside and outside the classroom.

Nygreen 2
9:45am - 10:45am
Opportunities for Undergraduate Research & Creative Scholarship Workshop

Are you curious about what it’s like to be involved in research here at Cal Lutheran? Do you want to know how you can get started? Stop by our workshop! Several advanced students from various disciplines will share their experiences, offer tips, and answer questions.

Nygreen 1
9:45am - 10:45am
GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon 101

Informational meeting for veteran students and military families.

Student Union - Kingsmen Room
10:30am - 12:00pm
President's Brunch and Family Send-Off

Meet President Chris Kimball and enjoy some refreshments.

Kingsmen Park
11:00am - 4:00pm
Cal Lutheran Bookstore Open

Stop by the Campus Store to purchase your textbooks.

Campus Store

Family Sessions

You will have the opportunity to hear from several different offices around campus. Some of the family sessions include:

  1. Academic Services and Financial Guidance

    • Academic Services: Excellence and achievement are par for the course at Cal Lutheran. Support and accessibility services are available to make sure you have every opportunity to succeed. Hear about how parents can access their students' grades, the 4 to Finish program, and other class and schedule information. 
    • Financail Aid and Student Accounts: Learn the basics of loans, federal aid, maintaining your student account, and how to navigate new policies and payment options.
  2. Multicultural and Study Abroad Opportunities

    • Multicultural Programs: Learn about the variety of Culture and Justice Clubs on campus, the amazing multicultural video and book library, the cultural programs, and unique leadership opportunities available through this office.
    • Study Abroad: A semester abroad is more affordable than you might think. Cal Lutheran offers opportunities to study in over 70 countries. Hear more about this important part of Cal Lutheran's mission to educate leaders for a global society.
  3. Student Life, Career Services, and Campus Safety

    • Student Life: Learn about the best ways to get your student involved and connected at Cal Lutheran. Discover the various programs that Student Life provides to keep your student engaged and active on campus. 
    • Career Services: Learn about how your student can access the lifetime services provided by Career Services, including resume and cover letter review, career counseling, internships, and part-time employment opportunities. 
    • Campus Safety: Learn the function of Campus Safety, how it serves the CLU community, and some steps students need to take to stay safe and protect their property.
  4. Counseling and Psychological Services and Health Services

    • Counseling and Psychological Services provides professional, confidential psychological counseling services free of charge to registered Cal Lutheran students and psychological education and consultation to the entire campus community. Students are seen by appointment or, if experiencing a psychological crisis, on a walk-in basis.
    • Health Services will address what services are available, which students are eligible to use our office, and the cost of services. Patient confidentiality and some of our policies will also be discussed.
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