Parents and Families

Orientation Events for Parents and Families

Arrival day for the Class of 2024 is Wednesday, September 2, 2020. (First-year SMFA students arrive and move in on Tuesday, September 1.) As parents and family members, we welcome you to join your students on campus on that day for a variety of welcoming programs. Students participating in one of our Pre-Orientation programs will arrive on an earlier date.

There will be full schedule of events on September 2 for parents and families. That schedule will be available in summer 2020. You can review our 2019 schedules for parents and families below. Just keep in mind that the 2020 schedule will look a little different.

View the Medford-based Parent and Families Schedule for Orientation 2019

View the SMFA Parents and Families Schedule for Orientation 2019

Pre-Orientation Programming

Your student may want to participate in one of our eight Pre-Orientation programs. Students participating in these programs will receive additional information from the coordinators. Some students move in on the first day of pre-orientation while others arrive with the few belongings they need for the program and their families bring the rest of their luggage on move-in day. You and your student can decide which option will work best for you. If you want, you can accompany your student on the pre-orientation arrival day, matriculation day or both.

Important Notes About Moving in Early

The first day of pre-orientation is a busy time on campus. Because the university is not officially in session at this time, there will be limited staff to assist with the move-in process should you choose to move your student into their residential hall on this day. We strongly recommend that students wait until their roommate arrives to adjust the furniture. This should be a shared experience and will help get things off to a good start as they get to know each other.

Please note, you will not have access to your student’s residence while they are with their pre-orientation program.