Questions to Ask at Orientation: A Checklist for Students and Parents (FREE DOWNLOAD)

A lot of information gets covered during orientation, and it might be easy to forget to ask some important questions during the session. So we’ve created a printable checklist to take with you–one for parents and one for students!

Many of these questions will likely be covered by the orientation speakers, but just in case you’ll have these checklists handy! Check off each topic as they come up and use the back to scribble down some notes!

Checklist of Parent Questions

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  • What types of insurance does the student health center accept?
  • How are housing and tuition payments made?
  • What sort of campus safety resources/programs are in place?
  • Are freshman allowed to have cars? If not, what sort of transportation is available?
  • If my child is overwhelmed, what counseling services are available?
  • What sort of access do I have to my student’s information–like grades or schedule?
  • When will we receive information about move-in day?
  • What is your parental notification policy? Will I be informed of campus emergencies?
  • How do I find out my child’s mailing address?
  • What student employment options are there?
  • What sort of financial aid opportunities are available through the school?
  • What kind of career/academic advising services are offered here?
  • Do academic advisors only help first year students?
  • What are the guest policies for visiting my student?
  • If my student has a disability, how will the school accommodate them?

Checklist of Student Questions

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  • What are the best housing options?
  • How do I contact my roommate prior to moving in?
  • Can I request a different roommate if we don’t get along?
  • When should I buy textbooks?
  • What is covered in the meal plan? Are there different types?
  • How do I declare or switch a major?
  • How do I create my schedule? Can I add/drop classes later?
  • What kind of career/academic advising services are offered here?
  • What sort of financial aid opportunities are available?
  • What academic resources are there?
  • Are there campus-wide emergency-alerts?
  • If I feel overwhelmed and need to talk to somebody, where should I go?
  • How / where do I sign up for a sport, club, or student organization?
  • Is there a fitness center?
  • What is your best piece of advice for incoming students?

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