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 your student towards academic success at Eastern.
Parents are not required to attend, but are strongly encouraged to consider taking part in the parent orientation program.
Parent Orientation Schedule
Your parent orientation session will occur on the first day of your student's SOAR program date.
|9:00 - 10:15a.m.
Assist your student in check-in
||Student Center, Betty Tipton Room
Parent Program begins:
Keynote Speaker: Michael Miller
A Partnership for Success
Student Center, Betty Tipton Room
Eastern in Four:
Making the Partnership Work
|Student Center Theatre
Student Center Cafe
|1 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Various office will be available to answer all your questions to help you prepare your student for the start of the semester
STEP/CAP Parent Information Session
*June 27 only*
|Student Center Cafe
Parents may pick up students
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)
Mansfield Center, CT 06250
Nathan Hale Inn
(approximately nine miles from campus)
855 Bolton Rd.
Storrs, CT 06268
A list of local Bed and Breakfasts may be found at