Parent Orientation

Our parent orientation program includes a variety of activities, many of which are separate from those in which the students will be participating. Program participants should expect a full schedule, with session activities occurring from 8 a.m. until approximately 9 p.m. The following list should provide you with an idea of what to expect. You will be kept busy during your stay, but we believe it will be time well spent.

  • Campus tour: Become acquainted with NMU's programs and facilities with the assistance of a student tour guide.
  • Staff Assistant with ParentGet acquainted: We will share our goals for your orientation experience and help you meet other parents, including those from your geographic area. 
  • Residence hall life: The director of housing and residence life will "tell it like it is" regarding residence hall policies and practices.
  • Recreation and leisure: You will be invited to participate in recreation and a picnic.
  • Questions and answers: As a parent, you are likely to have many specific questions about financial aid, residence hall payments and options, health insurance, and student rights and responsibilities. University staff will be available to meet with you to discuss these topics.
  • Looking at some issues: A frank "sharing and caring" session between parents and staff concerning potential problems that new students might encounter and how the university will respond if they occur.
  • Optional: Tour our Physical Education Instructional Facility, Superior Dome, Berry Events Center and the City of Marquette.

An abbreviated schedule of parent orientation program activities can be found at the bottom of the student schedule of activities for the session your son or daughter plans on attending.

Parents and guests planning to participate in the parent orientation program are required to pay a non-refundable $25 program fee. The fee is $25 per family, regardless of how many family members or guests plan to participate. This fee will cover parent program expenses and a picnic dinner. This fee is not included as part of the student orientation fee or accommodations fee. Please note that we do not offer any special programs or activities for children during parent orientation program activities.

You may register for the parent orientation program through the online student orientation reservation system.