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Parent & Family Orientation

What to Expect

Regardless of the program, there are a few things you can expect from engaging in Orientation or Welcome Weekend at the University of Dayton.


The first step to preparing for the program is registering. Your student will be responsible for including any parent/family members that will be attending the program when they register.  There are specific deadlines for registration and the process can be completed through their Porches checklist. 

With FERPA in place, your student is the lawful owner of their own educational record and it's important that you help them learn to navigate these responsibilities and how to self advocate.

If you have any questions or concerns about the registration process contact Student Transitions and Family Programs at (937) 229-2229. 

Program Structure

During any of the programs, anticipate the program to include peer connections or group time in orientation with other students. It's important for students to develop connections with their peers and future classmates, which is made easier when they engage in smaller, student-based groups.

There will be opportunities for parents and family members to get to know others in our UD community. We encourage you to introduce yourselves to each other and take advantage of our Parent/Family Lounges, as you are going through this parenting transition together!

Presentations are built to address the frequently asked questions but there will be additional opportunities to get your questions answered if they are not already included in the presentation.

Attendance for students at these programs is required, but parents and family members can pick and choose what they need to attend. Although you have the option to leave and complete your task list, please ensure that the student stays with their programmed schedule (as this could result in consequences for the student).

Orientation Service Project

Every year the incoming class partners with a Dayton area community service organization to donate needed items. The community service project for 2020 is the collecting donations for Daybreak. Please click here to learn more! All incoming students are encouraged to participate in this community service initiative!

Our 2021 service project has not yet been announced.

Tasks for Students to Complete

Your student is responsible for attending to all of the following. Your assistance in making sure your student complies is greatly appreciated.

G.P.S. (Guiding Pre-Arrival Students)

As an additional resource for students, the G.P.S. online modules are provided to answer questions, review information, and allow for your student to have access to all that UD has to offer.

We expect that each student reviews the G.P.S. modules prior to participating in Orientation. The online modules will vary based on the enrollment status of your student (transfer vs. first year). More information is available on the G.P.S. site.

Community Education Modules

All incoming students are required to complete three online courses which make up the Community Education Modules*. These modules assist students in developing a shared understanding of the values that we embrace as a Catholic Marianist University. Failure to complete all courses in their entirety will result in a hold being placed on your student account.

AlcoholEdu is a two part course which educates students on the impacts of alcohol and provides information needed to make healthy decisions.

Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates (SAPU) is a two part course which educates students about healthy relationships, the importance of consent, and the role of bystander intervention.

Created for students by students, UDiversity is a one part course which prepares students to learn, lead, and serve in a diverse global society

*International students will only need to complete the SAPU module.

Click here for more detailed instructions on the modules.

Health Immunizations

All incoming students born after 1956 (domestic and international), are required to submit proof (dates) of two MMR vaccines (measles, mumps and rubella), and do a tuberculosis (TB) screening. Students can access the Health Requirements Form here to download and print for completion by a health care provider.

For questions or concerns regarding health immunizations, contact the Health Center at (937) 229-3131.


Student Transitions and Family Programs

Gosiger Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0911