2017 Parent & Family Orientation

We welcome parents and families as partners in the educational process at Allegheny College. Students and parents will participate in separate activities during New Student Orientation (NSO) and Parent and Family Orientation. There are a few events for both students and parents.

Allegheny College provides a Parent and Family Orientation Program to identify resources you need to support your student’s transition and academic success, while also identifying ways for you to engage effectively with Allegheny. In addition, we provide an electronic newsletter that includes information about academic life, student life, student services and many helpful tips, Homecoming & Family Weekend, and a variety of activities and events to share with your student. Please be sure to sign up to receive the Parent & Family Newsletter.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Time Event
8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Move-in to Residence Halls

8:00 am – 2:00 pm Check-in at the Campus Center
Campus Center Lobby

After moving your student into the residence halls, go to the first floor of the Campus Center to register for the Allegheny College Alert System and the Parent & Family Newsletter. (Information table to remain open until 3 pm.)

10:00 am – 2:00 pm College Resources Fair
Campus Center, Second and Third Floors

Representatives from the following offices are available.

  • Counseling & Personal Development Center (In Office Only)
  • Disability Services (In Office Only)
  • Financial Aid Office (In Campus Center Lobby)
  • Gateway
  • IDEAS Center
  • Information Technology (at Info Desk at Pelletier Library)
  • Learning Commons
  • Residence Life
  • Registrar
  • Student Accounts/Cashier  (In Campus Center Lobby)
  • Student Leadership and Involvement
  • Winslow Health Services (In Office Only)

10:00 am – 1:00 pm Alumni Affairs Welcome Tent
Gator Quad

Take a break from the summer heat! Come sip a cool drink and enjoy a snack with alumni of Allegheny College.

10:30 am – Noon Exploring Campus Employment
Shafer Auditorium
Required for Work-Study Students: attend either this or 1:00 pm session.

Come learn about part-time, on-campus jobs and how to apply regardless of financial need. Students do not need to apply for financial aid to be considered for available campus positions.

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Pre-Law/Law & Policy Information Session
Tippie Alumni Center, Tillotson Room
Parents & Families Welcome

This is a session to introduce first-year students to the Pre-Law and Law & Policy Program.

Please register for this event during check-in.

12:30pm – 1:30 pm Education Studies Information Session and Reception
Campus Center, Room 301/302
Parents & Families Welcome

This is a required session for first-year students interested in education.  Students will meet the advisor and learn about education program requirements.

Please register for this event during check in.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Pre-Health Professions Information Session and Reception
Vukovich Center
Parents & Families Welcome

Allegheny is especially well known for the undergraduate preparation of successful health professionals. Our graduates do more than gain admission to professional school; they perform exceptionally well once there, and they flourish in their careers. Our Pre-Health advisor will provide an overview of the Pre-Health Professions program, including resources to help students prepare for careers in the medical, dental, and veterinary professions. There will be time for participants to ask questions about the program.

Please register for this event during check-in.

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Exploring Campus Employment
Shafer Auditorium
Required for Work-Study Students

Come learn about part-time, on-campus jobs and how to apply regardless of financial need. Students do not need to apply for financial aid to be considered for available campus positions.

3:00 pm – 3:45 pm Faculty Dessert Reception for Parents and Families
Tippie Alumni Center
An opportunity for food, fun, and meeting and greeting Allegheny faculty.
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Academic Convocation and Matriculation Ceremony
Shafer Auditorium
Required Meeting

Students will be welcomed by the president, provost and dean of the college, and dean of students, and learn more about the College’s expectations and commitment to community and civility. The ceremony serves as the official welcome into our community of scholars.

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Dinner at Brooks
Brooks Dining Hall

Free for Students w/ID
Parents, Families & Guests $8.50

6:15 pm – 8:00 pm Catholic Mass and Picnic
Ford Memorial Chapel

The Newman Association invites incoming students and their families to attend the first Mass of the year and to remain afterward for a light supper to meet our Catholic campus minister and Newman students.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Time Event
9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Orientation Late Check-In and Information Table
Campus Center Lobby

9:00 am – 10:30 am Ecumenical Worship Service
Ford Memorial Chapel

A service of morning prayer, followed by continental breakfast, introduces students and their families to our Chapel Congregation and Christian life on campus.

9:00 am – 10:30 am Hillel Bagel Breakfast
Jewish Community Center

Allegheny Hillel hosts this opportunity for new students to meet Jewish students, faculty, and community members.

9:00 am – 10:30 am Prayer and Meditation Retreat Breakfast
Prayer and Meditation Retreat (Located next to Arter Hall, red two-story house)

All are invited to visit our PAM Retreat, which has designated Muslim and Hindu prayer rooms, along with a meditation space. This continental breakfast is hosted by the Islamic Cultural Association, Society of Buddhist and Hindu Students, and Meditation Club.

10:00 am – 11:00 am Winter and Spring Varsity Student Athletes and Family Connections
Wise Center, Concourse

The president, provost, faculty, staff, returning students will welcome student-athletes and their families as they embark upon the next phase of their journey as a student-athlete.

11:00 am – Noon Parent & Family Panel Discussion
Vukovich Center

This panel discussion includes parents, families and friends of currently enrolled students. Our guests will share their experiences and entertain your questions. Join us for this informative dialogue.

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Office of Student Life Open
Reis Hall

Dean of Students, Residential Life

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Meadville Community Bus Tours (every hour)
Campus Center, Second Floor

Tours will depart from the Highland entrance of the Campus Center at 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., lasting approximately 45 minutes.

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Wise Sport & Fitness Center Tour
Information Desk, Wise Center

Check out all the services the Wise Center has to offer, including the new cardio machines, function room, weight room and the Mellon Pool.

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Tour of the Gateway and Maytum Learning Commons
Pelletier Library

Staff and student volunteers will be on hand to provide a walking tour and answer any questions about the Gateway (study abroad, career education, civic engagement, undergraduate research, internships, political participation, among others) and the Maytum Learning Commons (subject tutoring, writing and speaking consultants, study assistance, and other student support services).

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm Dinner
Brooks Dining Hall

Free for Students w/ID
Parents, Families & Guest $7.50

McKinley’s Food Court:
open to students, parents and families

Parents & Families Depart for Home