Parent Orientation

 Parent Orientation for Parents of First-Year Students

(there is no Parent Orientation program for incoming transfer students)

Congratulations! You and your first-year student are now part of the Eastern community. As Connecticut’s Public Liberal Arts University, Eastern is proud to provide an environment rich in academic excellence and co-curricular opportunity. In preparation for the new academic year, we invite you to join us for our Parent Orientation Program.

As a parent or guardian of an incoming first-time, first-year student, you are invited to participate in the summer Parent Orientation program on the first day of your student’s attendance to the SOAR program in the summer before their first semester. There is no program for incoming transfer students’ parents at this time.

Parent Orientation is an opportunity for parents of new incoming first-time, first-year students to learn more about resources and services at Eastern. As a parent, your support will greatly assist your student in making the transition to the Eastern campus and college life. Through this orientation program, parents will have the opportunity to meet staff and student leaders, ask questions and learn more about campus life, and learn tips that may help you coach our students towards academic success at Eastern.

Parents are not required to attend, but are strongly encouraged to consider taking part in the parent orientation program.  Your parent orientation session will occur on the first day of your student’s SOAR program date.

Parent Orientation Schedule 2019

If you plan to stay in the Willimantic area overnight while your student is attending S.O.A.R., you can find local overnight accommodations in the following locations:

Best Western Regent Inn
(approximately two miles from campus)
Route 195
Mansfield Center, CT 06250
(860) 423-8451

A list of local Bed and Breakfasts may be found at