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, August 25th
8:00am - 9:30am
Residential Check In

Residential students, be sure to check-in for Orientation early in order to receive your room key to move-in!

Kingsmen Park (Gazebo Side)
8:30am - 5:00pm
ID Cards and Parking Passes

Come pick up your ID card and parking permit in Ullman Commons 100/101.

Ullman Commons 100/101
9:30am - 3:00pm
Residential Move In

The time has finally come to move-in and meet your roomates!

Residential Halls
9:30am - 10:30am
Commuter Check In

Commuter students can check-in later, following a complementary lunch for you and your families!

Kingsmen Park (Gazebo Side)
10:30am - 5:30pm
Info Tent

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

11:00am - 12:00pm
Commuter Lunch

Commuter students are invited to the Student Union for food, fun and more as they learn about different resources available to them as Cal Lutheran Students!

Student Union Patio
12:00pm - 3:00pm
Student Union Open House

Visit the Student Union to learn about the building and what it offers! Games, lockers, movies, lounge, study space, and more!

Student Union
3:00pm - 4:15pm
Opening Convocation

Join President Kimball, the faculty and staff, and other members of the campus community to celebrate the opening of the 2018-19 academic year.  You’ll hear about the academic experience at Cal Lutheran, from experiential learning opportunities, study abroad and undergraduate research to a thriving campus life, both in and out of the classroom, all while grounded in our Lutheran identity.

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

Come and learn more about the following on-campus resources by attending the Campus Resource Fair!

GSFC (Soiland)
5:00pm - 6:00pm
Campus Resources for Spanish Speaking Families

Come and learn more about the following on-campus resources: Business Office, Health Services, Study Abroad, Campus Safety, Multicultural Programs, Center for Student Success, Student Counseling Services, and Registrar.

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

First-Year Families meet faculty mentors of their student.

Designated Classrooms
5:15pm - 5:45pm
Transfer Families Meet Faculty

Transfer Families meet Cal Lutheran faculty members. 

Richter Hall
6:00pm - 6:30pm
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
6:45pm - 8:00pm
Cal Lutheran Community Dinner

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

Kingsmen Park
Sunday, August 26th
8:00am - 1:00pm
Info Tent

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

8:00am - 3:00pm
ID Cards and Parking Passes

Come pick up your ID card and parking permit in Ullman Commons 100/101.

Ullman Commons 100/101
8:15am - 8:45am
Campus Worship (Optional)

Come to Samuelson's chapel and see what devotion is like for students during the academic year.

Samuelson Chapel
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)
10:00am - 10:45am
Disability Support Services

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

Nygreen Hall 2
10:00am - 10:45am
GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon 101

Informational meeting for veteran students and military families.

Kingsmen Room (Student Union)
10:00am - 10:45am
College 101 for First Generation

Join us for a presentation by an alumni from Cal Lutheran and hear a mock lecture from a professor.

GSFC (Lundring)
10:45am - 12:00pm
President's Family Farewell

Meet President Chris Kimball and enjoy some refreshments. The Family Relations team will be giving out complimentary “Proud Cal Lutheran Family” license plate frames.

Kingsmen Park

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

    • Center for Cultural Engagement and Inclusion: 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.