Prior to Orientation
How do parents, family members, and guests register for Orientation?
New students register their guests on the same form when they register themselves for Orientation! If they need to make changes, they can email orientation [at] heidelberg.edu to update their guest information.
Due to the limited capacity of our facilities and our efforts to ensure that everyone has a safe orientation experience, we are only allowing 2 guests per new student to attend orientation. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Is there housing available for parents and guests during Orientation if they want to stay overnight in Tiffin?
Absolutely! New students can sign their guests up for campus housing on their Orientation Registration form. There is a cost of $40 per person to stay overnight on campus. Guests will likely be housed in Williard Hall, which has up to two twin beds in each room, and a shared Jack and Jill bathroom with an adjoining room. However, overnight accommodations are limited to guests who are 18 years of age or older.
Guests are also welcome to find their own overnight accommodations in town, or drive back and forth between campus and home.
How can I communicate with my student during Orientation?
Students have an extremely busy orientation schedule. We recommend that families and guests communicate with their students during joint sessions. The most common way to communicate at Orientation is via cell phone or text, but students will be asked to refrain from using devices while Orientation sessions are in progress.
Will we have any joint programs with the students?
There is a bit of program overlap for certain sessions throughout Orientation. Family members and guests are encouraged to sit with their student should they both desire. We ask, however, that family members and guests do not accompany their students when the two programs split.
Where may we park during New Student Orientation?
Heidelberg University has ample parking for students, parents, and families. Please park in Campus Center Lower Lot (Parking Lot F). You will not need a parking pass as Security will not be issuing tickets on New Student Orientation days.
May we eat in the dining hall during the program?
Your registration includes meal tickets for all meals and refreshments during Orientation. Meals will be served in Hoernemann Refectory, our campus dining hall. There will also be coffee breaks with light refreshments mid-way through Orientation.
How many families attend Parent & Family Orientation?
About 60% of first-year students have family members or guests that attend Orientation. While it is not a requirement that students have accompanying parents or guests, we do strongly encourage parents and guests to attend Orientation.