Wayne State University

Aim Higher



Having a student in college can be both an exciting and trying time. Wayne State University embraces parent involvement and wants to ensure both parents and students have all the resources necessary for their college experience to be as enriching and rewarding as possible. The Dean of Students Office (DOSO) provides helpful tools so you can stay involved in your student's life. Parent & Family Programs offers many helpful programs including the free Parent Association, parent email, monthly Parent e-Newsletters, Parent Helpline, and other exciting ways to stay connected. Please take a look at the Parent & Family Program website and see how you can get connected to Wayne State.



Description and Purpose

Parents and families play an integral role in the successful transition of their son and/or daughter to college. We want to make sure that parents and family are prepared for the upcoming changes in their students' life. The WSU Parent & Family Orientation program will help parents create realistic expectations and provide significant information. (click on the link Informing Parents for important additional details on New Student/Parent Orientation).


We realize this step is an important step for parents and families and  that’s why it is important that parents and families attend parent orientation. Because this is the first step to a very big transition to independence, to facilitate this transition, parents and students will have two very different schedules during orientation. You will begin with your student(s) in a general session then parents and families will split up and attend a different orientation; you will meet up with your student(s) again at the end of the day.


Timeline for Orientation Information (you only need to attend one orientation the same day as your student)


Saturday, May 17

Saturday, May 31

Wednesday, June 4

Saturday, June 14

Friday, June 20

Wednesday, June 25

Wednesday, July 9

Saturday, July 19

Friday, July 25

Wednesday, August 6

Friday, August 22