Matching the expectations that students and families have of universities, and vice versa, is known to be a major factor in student satisfaction during the college years. Although the Parent and Family program is not required, we encourage parents to attend orientation to gain a better understanding of college life.

Parent & Family Program Agenda

Family and guest sessions, which are concurrent with student programs, focus on academic opportunities, university billing and financial issues, student health and safety information, and ways for family members to become part of the university community while helping their student make a successful transition to college life. A brief outline of our family and guest program is listed below.

Arrival time

Check-in for orientation runs from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm in the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU). Lunch is not built into the schedule so please plan to eat before or after checking in. There are several eateries in the IMU and a variety of options in the downtown Iowa City area, which is just a few blocks from our check-in location. The program begins at 12:30 pm.


10:30am - 12:15pm Check-in
Lunch (on your own)
Campus Tours (optional)
Iowa Memorial Union
10:45 - 11:30am Honors Program Meeting
(for students accepted into Honors program and their families)
Iowa Memorial Union
11:30 - 12:00pm Recruited Student Athlete Meeting Iowa Memorial Union
12:45 - 1:45pm Parent and Family Welcome and Student Panel Iowa Memorial Union
2:00 - 2:40pm Introduction to Academics and 
Advising at Iowa
Various Locations
2:50 - 3:20pm University Housing and Dining: Expand Your Expectations Iowa Memorial Union
3:30 - 4:00pm Money Matters Iowa Memorial Union
4:15 - 5:00pm Difficult Conversations: Partnering for Student Success Iowa Memorial Union
5:15 - 6:00pm Center for Diversity and Enrichment
Welcome and Information Session
Iowa Memorial Union
5:15 - 5:45pm Veterans and Military Affiliated
Welcome and Information Session
Iowa Memorial Union
5:15 - 6:30pm Dinner - on your own
(provided for students in Catlett Residence Hall)
Downtown Iowa City
or join your student
in Catlett Marketplace
for $10.50 per person
6:30 - 7:00pm Technology at Iowa Iowa Memorial Union
7:00 - 7:30pm Defining Opportunity: Fraternity & Sorority Life at Iowa Iowa Memorial Union


7:45 - 8:10 am Continental Breakfast Ground Floor,
Iowa Memorial Union
8:15 - 8:45 am University Housing and Dining: Hawkeyes in the Halls - Year One
(parents and students attend together)
Iowa Memorial Union
9:00 - 9:35am The Competitive Edge
(for parents of CLAS, Business, Nursing, Public Health, Education students)
Iowa Memorial Union
9:00-9:35am Engineering Your Career
(for parents of Engineering students)
Iowa Memorial Union
9:45 - 10:25am Interest Session I
UH&D: Family FAQs for Hawkeyes in the Halls
Dollars & Sense
A Day in the Life of a Hawkeye
Technology at Iowa
Recreation Preview and Tour
Iowa Memorial Union
10:40 - 11:20am Interest Session II
Letting Go
Technology at Iowa
Why Study Abroad
Recreation Preview and Tour
Iowa Memorial Union
11:35am - 12:15pm Interest Session III
We All Have Mental Health
A New Family Tradition
Why Study Abroad
Defining Opportunity: Fraternity and Sorority Life at Iowa
Safety on Campus
Iowa Memorial Union
12:15 - 1:30pm Iowa Information Fair Iowa Memorial Union
1:15 - 1:45pm Student Disability Services Meeting Iowa Memorial Union
12:30 - 2:30pm Residence Hall Tours Cambus to East and West side of campus
Drive yourself to Mayflower
12:30 - 2:30pm Cultural House Tours Cambus to West Side of campus
1:45 - 3:30pm Hawkeye Marching Band Auditions for Students
Please note: Students should call the band office (319-335-1635)
in advance of Orientation to let them know they are planning
to attend. 
Voxman Building