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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 aboutresources and services at Eastern. As a parent, your support will greatly assist your student in making the transitionto the Eastern campus and college life. Through this orientation program, parents will have the opportunity to meetstaff 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.


Parent Orientation Schedule


Your parent orientation session will occur on the first day of your student's SOAR program date. 

Day 1
9:00 - 10:15a.m.

Student Check-in

Assist your student in check-in

Constitution Hall
10:30 a.m. University Welcome Student Center, Betty Tipton Room
11:00 a.m.

Parent Program begins:

Keynote Speaker: Michael Miller

A Partnership for Success

Student Center, Betty Tipton Room

11:45 a.m.

Supporting your Student's Academic Plan

Student Center Theatre
12:15 p.m. Lunch & Student Panel

Student Center Cafe

12:15 - 3:00 p.m.

Eastern Resources

Various office will be available to answer all your questions to help you prepare your student for the start of the semester

Student Center Lobby
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Parent Interest Sessions

Attend sessions of your choice to learn more about your Student's Eastern Experience.  Sessions on Financial Aid, Student Involvement, Housing and Public Safety will be offered.

Student Center


2 p.m.

STEP/CAP Parent Information Session

*June 26 only*

Student Center Cafe
2:00 p.m. Eastern Tour (optional) various locations
Day 2

Student Check-out

Parents may pick up students

Constitution Hall


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

Nathan Hale Inn
(approximately nine miles from campus)
855 Bolton Rd.
Storrs, CT 06268
(860) 427-7888

A list of local Bed and Breakfasts may be found at