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 - 12:00pm Check-in Iowa Memorial Union
10:45 - 11:30am Honors Meeting Iowa Memorial Union
11:00 - 11:30am LINK Student and Family Meeting Iowa Memorial Union
11:30 - 12:00pm Student Athlete Meeting Iowa Memorial Union
12:30 - 1:30pm Family Welcome Iowa Memorial Union
1:45 - 2:30pm Introduction to Academics and 
Advising at Iowa
Various Locations
2:45 - 3:20pm Money Matters Iowa Memorial Union
3:30 - 4:20pm Difficult Conversations: Partnering for Student Success Iowa Memorial Union
4:30 - 5:00pm Parent and Family Network Break Iowa Memorial Union
5:00 - 5:30pm University Housing and Dining:
Preparing for Arrival in August
Iowa Memorial Union
5:30 - 6:15pm Dinner (on your own) Downtown Iowa City
or join your student
in Burge Marketplace
for $10.50 per person
6:30 - 7:00pm Center for Diversity and Enrichment
Welcome and Information Session
Iowa Memorial Union
6:30 - 7:00pm Military and Veteran Support Services Iowa Memorial Union
7:00 - 7:30pm Defining Opportunity: Fraternity & Sorority Life @ Iowa Iowa Memorial Union


7:45 - 8:30am Continental Breakfast
(*Students report to their small groups at 8:00 am in the
Iowa Memorial Union)
Ground Floor
Iowa Memorial Union
8:30 - 9:20am The Competitive Edge
Engineering Your Career
Various Locations
Iowa Memorial Union
9:30 - 10:15am Interest Session I Iowa Memorial Union
10:30 - 11:15am Interest Session II Iowa Memorial Union
11:30am - 12:15pm Interest Session III 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  
12:30 - 2:30pm Cultural House Tours  
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