Parent and Family Orientation

Welcome to Kalamazoo College!


At Kalamazoo College we appreciate and value the supporting role that families play in the education of their student. That is why we offer numerous sessions during the first two days of Orientation specifically for parents and families.

2022 Parent and Family Orientation

The full 2022 Parent and Family Orientation schedule will be mailed to parents and guardians (as part of a larger packet of information) at the end of June, and posted on this page. In the meantime, here are some things you can expect to assist in your planning:

  • Students will receive a packet in the mail in June that will contain the full student Orientation schedule and a lot of other valuable information.
  • Students will receive their specific residence hall room assignment and roommate information via their Kalamazoo College email account in August.
  • Residence halls open for new students to check in on Wednesday, September 7, 2022 from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.* We are unable to allow students to check in early so please make travel arrangements accordingly. Morning is extremely busy so families are highly encouraged to arrive throughout the day for a more stress-free move-in.
    • *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.
  • Orientation is required for all new students so please make sure to arrive no later than 4 p.m. on Wednesday, September 7.
  • Health verification must be completed before students can check in to their residence hall. Please confirm that your student submits all required health documentation by the deadline of August 1, 2022.
  • We ask that families staying overnight please make arrangements to stay off campus. 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.
  • Family Orientation activities begin late in the day on Wednesday, September 7 and continue on Thursday, September 8. The Parent and Family program concludes at 5 p.m. on Thursday and we ask that families plan to depart campus at that time. Students will be busy with activities continuing throughout the week and during the weekend prior to the start of classes on Monday, September 12.

Parent and Family Orientation events to anticipate include:

  • Hornet Student and Family Welcome with President Gonzalez and others on Wednesday evening
  • Parent and Family Welcome Reception
  • Time to explore the City of Kalamazoo
  • A Welcome Program for first-generation students and their families
  • Information sessions on a variety of topics such as: study abroad and domestic study away, billing and financial aid, the K curriculum and the liberal arts, supporting your student’s transition, faculty panel, college student mental health, academic resources, career development, and more!
  • Meeting for families of new Hornet athletes
  • 20% off Kalamazoo College imprinted items at the Bookstore
  • Convocation (a traditional ceremony on the Quad)
  • Resource tables to get information and ask questions (Dining Services, Health Center, K Insurance Plan, Religious and Spiritual Life, Civic Engagement, Student Employment, and more!)

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