Parent and Family Orientation

Parents sitting in Stetson Chapel during orientation.

Welcome to Kalamazoo College!

We are thrilled to welcome the parents and families of the Class of 2026!

At Kalamazoo College we appreciate and value the supporting role that families play in the education of their student. To continue that support we offer numerous sessions during the first two days of Orientation specifically for parents and families. Review the Prepare for Orientation section and the full 2022 Orientation Schedule for all sessions and other events.

Note: Orientation is required for all new students so please make sure to arrive no later than 4 p.m. on Wednesday, September 7.


Prepare for Orientation

Before Orientation

  • Orientation Packet and Room Assignments – Students will receive their packet via mail in June and their specific residence hall room assignment and roommate information via their Kalamazoo College email account in August.
  • Health Verification – Please confirm that your student submits all required health documentation by the deadline of August 1, 2022.
  • Lodging – Families Families and friends are not permitted to stay in the residence halls during Orientation, as students are extremely busy and we need them to focus on Orientation sessions and making connections with their peers.

During Orientation

  • Student Check In – Residence halls open for new students to check in on Wednesday, September 7, 2022 from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. No early check in is allowed.
    • Fall athletes, international students, and students participating in the LandSea program will have separate check in times per the requirements of their programs and will be notified in advance by the corresponding campus department.
  • Review the full Parent & Family Orientation schedule for information on activities. Note that the Parent and Family program concludes at 5 p.m. on Thursday and we ask that families depart campus at that time.

Accessibility Information

Learn about accessible parking around campus along with barrier free access to campus buildings.

Accessible Parking & Campus Routes

Report an accessibility barrier to HR and Accessibility Services at K. We will address all concerns as soon as possible. Thank you.

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Getting Around Campus

All events listed in the Parent & Family Orientation Schedule have links to the location of events. For a map visit the Kalamazoo College Campus Map page.


Parent & Family Orientation Schedule 2022

Information Desk and Center Hours

Wednesday, September 7

Health Center | 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Location – Main Floor, Hicks Student Center

Health Center staff is available for health information verification as well as general consultation with students and families

Information Table | 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Location: Atrium, Hicks Student Center

Stop by for opening day schedules, maps, directions, suggestions for lunch and answers to your questions.

Bookstore Open – 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Location: Hicks Student Center

Go Hornets! 20% off Kalamazoo College imprinted items.

Book Club Café | 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Location: Upjohn Library Commons

Stop by the first floor of the Upjohn Library and allow one of our baristas to serve you a cup of Kalamazoo Coffee, hot chocolate, tea or a specialty espresso. Choose from fast grab-and-go options including pastries, house-made salads, sandwiches and sides.

Richardson Room | 1-5 p.m.

Location: Richardson Room, Hicks Student Center

The Richardson Room offers a variety of options including an extensive deli line with a wide variety of toppings and homemade soup. Also available is a selection of grab-and-go sandwiches, salads, yogurt parfaits, fruit, sweet and salty snacks and beverages.

Thursday, September 8

Information Table | 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Location: Atrium, Hicks Student Center

Stop by for schedules, maps, directions and answers to your questions.

Book Club Café | 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Location: Upjohn Library Commons

Stop by the first floor of the Upjohn Library and allow one of our baristas to serve you a cup of Kalamazoo Coffee, hot chocolate, tea or a specialty espresso. Choose from fast grab-and-go options including pastries, house-made salads, sandwiches and sides.

Bookstore Open | 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Location: Hicks Student Center

Go Hornets! 20% off Kalamazoo College imprinted items.

Wednesday, September 7

9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Student Move-In

Location: Residence Halls (please refer to the campus map for your student’s exact residence hall)

Note: Morning is extremely busy, so families are highly encouraged to arrive throughout the day for a more stress-free move in.

Resident Assistants (RAs) and FYE Mentors will be stationed at check-in tables at each residence hall to welcome your student. Students will pick up their orientation folder from the FYE Mentors. Then see the Residential Life staff to get their student ID, room key, check into their room and get settled. Health verification must be completed before students can check in. Students with incomplete health requirements will be directed to the Health Center to complete any necessary requirements before they are permitted to check in.

2-2:45 p.m. | Understanding Billing and Financial Aid

Location: Olmsted Room, Mandelle Hall

Join Dean of Financial Aid, Becca Murphy, and Student Accounts Coordinator, Juan Muniz for a session to help understand the financial side of sending your student to college. This program will be repeated twice on Thursday.

3-3:45 p.m. | Supporting Your Student’s Transition

Location: Olmsted Room, Mandelle Hall

Join Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students, J. Malcolm Smith, along with several members of the Student Development staff for a panel conversation about how to help your student be successful in their transition to college. This program will be repeated twice on Thursday.

4-6 p.m. | First-Generation Welcome Program (by invitation only)

Location: Hicks Banquet Room

A welcome for first-generation students and their families. Heavy appetizers will be served and important information specifically for first-generation students and their families will be shared.

5-7 p.m. | Dinner

Location: Dining Center in Hicks Student Center or off campus

Students and their families are welcome to have dinner together on campus at the Dining Center in the Hicks Student Center or venture off campus to one of Kalamazoo’s excellent eating establishments (a list of restaurants is available at the information table). New students can use their student ID (which also serves as their meal card) for entrance to the Dining Center. Families may purchase tickets at the Dining Center entrance ($11.50)

7-7:45 p.m. | Hornet Student Welcome

Location: The Quad

The President, Dean of Students, First-Year Class Dean, College Chaplain, FYE Mentors and the Office of Student Activities welcome the class of 2026 to campus!

8-8:45 p.m. | Parent and Family Welcome Reception

Location: Hicks Students Center

President Jorge Gonzalez, Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students J. Malcolm Smith, Provost Danette Ifert Johnson, Senior Associate Dean of Students Dana Jansma, Dean of Admission Suzanne Lepley and Admission representatives welcome you.

Evening | Relax or Emplore Kalamazoo

Families are welcome to just relax after a day of moving their students in or explore Kalamazoo. Information about downtown Kalamazoo is available at the information table in the Hicks Student Center. Students will be busy during the evening, starting with meeting in their Seminar groups at 8 p.m., followed by their meeting with the Residential Life staff and their new neighbors at residence hall gatherings (for students only). Families are invited to stay overnight off campus at one of the many accommodations available in Kalamazoo (families are not permitted to stay overnight in the residence halls during Orientation).

Thursday, September 8

A variety of sessions for parents and families are available today and we hope you take advantage of them! Students will have different sessions occurring at the same time which are listed on their orientation schedule. Those sessions are for students only and we ask that parents and families please attend the sessions designed for them listed on this schedule. Thanks!

7-8:30 a.m. | Breakfast | Various Locations

Families may pay at the Dining Center entrance ($6.10 per person). New students can use their student ID (which also serves as their meal card) to access the Dining Center.

9-9:45 a.m. | Parent and Family Information Sessions I

Parents and families are invited to attend one of the following sessions (some sessions will be repeated):

  • More After 4: Preparing your student for life after K with the Office of Career and Professional Development
    Location: Dalton Theatre, Light Fine Arts
    Session will be repeated
  • The K Curriculum and the Liberal Arts: Classes, requirements and the10-week quarter system
    Location: Banquet Room, Hicks Student Center
    Session will be repeated
  • Supporting your Student’s Transition: A Conversation with the Dean of Students and Student Development
    Location: Room 103, Dewing Hall
    Session will be repeated
  • Academic Resources and Support for Student Success
    Location: Upjohn Library, Room 213
    Session will be repeated
  • All About Study Abroad and Domestic Study Away
    Location: Dalton Theatre, Light Fine Arts Building
    Session will be repeated

10-10:45 a.m. | Parent and Family Information Sessions II

Parents and families are invited to attend one of the following sessions (some sessions will be repeated):

  • Understanding Billing and Financial Aid: The financial side of sending your student to college
    Location: Olmsted Room, Mandelle Hall
    Session will be repeated
  • Meeting for Families of New Hornet Athletes (athlete parents only)
    Location: Room 103, Dewing Hall
  • Faculty Panel: A discussion with faculty from a variety of disciplines
    Location: Olmsted Room, Mandelle Hall

11 a.m.-12:45 p.m. | Lunch Break and Resource Tables

Location: On campus at Hicks Student Center Lower Atrium or Off-campus

Families are welcome to purchase lunch on campus at either the Book Club Café in Upjohn Library or the Richardson Room in Hicks Student Center or venture off campus (a list of restaurants is available at the Information Table).

Students will be eating with their Seminar groups so the Dining Center will be extremely crowded. Before or after lunch, head down to the Hicks Atrium to learn more about campus and some of the many resources and opportunities available to your student.

Tables will include: Staff from the Counseling Center, Career and Professional Development, Center for International Programs, Dining Services, Health Center, K College Insurance Plan (SHIP), Office of Gender Equity, Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, Athletics, Campus Mail Center, Intercultural Student Life, Human Resources/Student Employment, the Center for Civic Engagement, and more are available at tables to provide information and answer questions.

1-1:45 p.m. | Parent and Family Information Sessions III

Parents and families are invited to attend one of the following sessions:

  • Understanding Billing and Financial Aid: The financial side of sending your student to college
    Location: Olmsted Room, Mandelle Hall
  • The K Curriculum and the Liberal Arts: Classes, requirements and the 10-week quarter system
    Location: Banquet Room, Hicks Student Center
  • College Student Mental Health
    Location: Room 103, Dewing Hall
  • Academic Resources and Support for Student Success
    Location: Upjohn Library, Room 213

2-2:45 p.m. | Parent and Family Information Sessions IV

Parents and families are invited to attend one of the following sessions:

  • Supporting your Student’s Transition: A Conversation with the Senior Associate Dean of Students and Student Development Staff
    Location: Banquet Room, Hicks Student Center
  • All About Study Abroad and Domestic Study Away
    Location: Dalton Theatre, Light Fine Arts
  • More After 4: Preparing your student for life after K with the Office of Career and Professional Development
    Location: Olmsted Room, Mandelle Hall
  • Civic Engagement: Learning, Working, Contributing to Community
    Location: Room 103, Dewing Hall

3 p.m. | Convocation

Location: Lower Quad (Rain Site: Stetson Chapel)

President Jorge Gonzalez, Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students J. Malcolm Smith, Provost Danette Ifert Johnson, Chaplain Elizabeth Candido, the Convocation speaker, faculty, staff and President’s Student Ambassadors welcome students and their families. Convocation concludes with all new students signing the Matriculation Registry

Hugs and Farewell Reception

Rain Site: Hicks Student Center

Immediately following Convocation, Parents and families depart campus when the reception concludes at 5 p.m.


Questions

Questions about Parent and Family Orientation can be directed to Orientation@kzoo.edu. We look forward to seeing you on campus in September!