Parent and Family Orientation

Summer Orientation 2019

New Student Orientation is not only for students.  We strongly encourage parents and families to attend orientation at Western Michigan University with your student. We offer a separate Family Orientation programming track for us to share valuable resources to assist with your student’s transition into and throughout their time at WMU.

Registration and costs

There is no separate registration process for parents and families. If you would like to attend, have your student indicate your name in the parent and family section as he or she registers. Your student’s orientation fee—which is billed directly to their account with fall tuition—covers all programming expenses and meals for up to two family members.


View 2019 programming schedules here:     Family Orientation     Student Orientation

Accommodations and meals

Your student will stay with us on campus in the Valley 2 residence halls. There are many hotels nearby to accommodate our parents and families. Many will offer a discount with the MyWMU concierge card. We offer a variety of pastries and coffee for your morning and a hot buffet lunch for your afternoon.  For dinner, we encourage families to explore the many options that Kalamazoo offers

Office of Family Engagement

Parents and families are encouraged to begin making connections now by visiting the Family Engagement website. You can sign up for the WMU Family Connection for helpful e-communications and order your MyWMU concierge card for hotel, restaurant and retailer discounts.


Many participants attending the Parent and Family Orientation have requested that we post some of our presentation slides for later referral.  We know we provide a lot of information, and it is hard to digest in one setting.  Listed below are some of the key presentations.

Academic Panel - This presentation covers Academic Success Programs and Services, Academic Advising and Understanding the Curriculum and Requirements.  CLICK HERE to view the presentation.

Student Accounts, Billing and Authorized User - This presentation covers the information regarding payments, billing and authorized user process.  CLICK HERE to view the presentation.

Public Safety - This presentation covers the role of the WMU Department of Public Safety including the emergency notification system, alcohol and other drug policies and more.  CLICK HERE to view the presentation.