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Discoveries Orientation

Parents and Family Orientation

Why orientation for families?

Transitioning into college is one of the most exciting times of your student's life. It can be both thrilling and challenging. We are here to help you become familiar with DU, answer your questions, and preview what you can expect for your student's first year at DU. For more information about supporting your student at DU, visit the Parent and Family Engagement page

FAll 2019 parent & family orientation schedule

Parent & Family Orientation will occur Monday, September 2 and Tuesday, Sept 3, 2019.



For the full schedule of events, please see the Parent and Family Orientation schedule.

Fall 2019 Orientation: Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are there programs for parents to attend during Discoveries Orientation? How long do most families stay on campus?

A: Yes, on Monday and Tuesday we will have parent orientation sessions. The detailed schedule with room assignments will be available when you check in on Monday September 2nd. Most families stay on campus until Tuesday afternoon and leave after family orientation is complete.

Q: How do I register for parent and family orientation?

A: You can register here for the 2019 Fall Parent and Family Orientation.  

Q: Is there a fee to attend Parent and Family Orientation?

A: Yes, there is a $25 fee for this year's Parent and Family Orientation.

Q: Where will Parent & Family Orientation check-in be located?

A: Student, parents, and families will check-in in the Hamilton Gym in the Ritchie Center starting at 8am on Monday September 2nd. 

Q: Does my student have to register for Orientation? Is there a cost for my student to attend orientation?

A: Incoming students are automatically registered for Discoveries Orientation. There is no registration process or fee for students. 

Q: Where do students pick up their room keys?

A: Students will receive their room keys when they check-in at their residence hall.

Q: Where do students get their ID? How does my student get their RTD transportation pass?

A:  Students will receive their student ID and their RTD pass when they check-in for Orientation unless they did not submit their picture ahead of time. Students that do not submit their pictures prior will then need to visit the Pioneer ID Card Office in the Driscoll South building upon arrival on campus. This ID card will be needed to access their dorms. 

Q: How do I purchase a parking pass for my student?

A: All parking passes can be purchased through the DU Parking and Transportation Services website.

Q: How do I find a campus map?

A: You can find DU campus and parking maps here.

Q: Where do I park for Orientation?

A: All hourly lots will be free during the two days of Parent & Family Orientation. For lot locations, please consult the DU parking map (green lots are hourly).

accommodations for visitors

Programs during Orientation will take place in various locations across campus. Non-student participants in Discoveries Orientation needing to request accommodations associated with a disability or medical condition should contact Lloyd Moore, in Human Resources at 303-871-4284 or by email at [email protected]. Students needing to request accommodations associated with a disability or medical condition please contact The Disability Services Program (DSP) at 303-871-3241 or by email at [email protected] to discuss arrangements.