Helpful Tips

The following advice is from other Cal Lutheran family members who have attended a past Family Orientation program.

Pay attention to important information.

Admitted Student Information - This contains important information about what your student should bring and what he or she should leave behind, along with information about Student Life, your student's residence hall room layout, class registration, and student account.

Orientation Materials - This includes move-in times along with a schedule of events for you and your student.

Parents & Families Website - Find out information about campus security and how to contact your student's Graduate Assistant, along with infomation about Homecoming and Family Weekend. Additionally, information is included about FERPA (The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) and various campus offices.

The Pre-Bill - Confirm any owed balance and the various payment options.

Financial Aid Awards - Your student may receive their first financial aid award or a few revisions this summer by e-mail (to their Cal Lutheran email account). They must accept any new award online.

Communicate regularly with your student.

Plan a regular time to talk to you student and decide if you will call your student or if they will call you. This will help you hear from your student on a regular basis at a time that works for you both.

Send mail to your student. Receiving mail, such as a fun postcard or an early birthday gift, is really exciting for students who are living on campus. 

Teach your student how to:

  • Write a check and track expenses.
  • Do their own laundry.
  • Service their car (oil change, tire rotation, how to change a flat tire).
  • Clean the bathroom.

Provide your student with copies of:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Passport
  • Social Security Card (Note: the original card is required if they want to work on campus; copies are not accepted).
  • Medical Information (insurance and health records)