Parent Day

Greetings, Parents, and Guardians - click here to register for Parent Day
(Saludos, padres y Guardianes - haga clic aquí para el sitio web del Día de padres en español)

We understand that your student's first year comes with plenty of questions. Our office provides Parent Day to support your family during this transition. Click on the options below to learn more about this annual event.

When is Parent Day?

Save the Date:

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Parent Day Goals

Parent Day is designed to:

  • To assist you in becoming a partner in your student’s success by learning key information about the academic opportunities, support services, and out-of-class experiences available to CSUN Students.
  • To offer an opportunity to ask questions based on real experiences your students are already having, including the many transitional issues that challenge both students and families.
  • To provide you with the opportunity to meet university administrators, faculty, staff and student orientation leaders who support and mentor new students as they begin their CSUN Journey towards graduation.
  • To learn about campus resources and services available to students.

Parent Day Schedule (Tentative)

This is an example of the Parent Day Schedule which we have produced in prior years. Please continue to check this website for the most updated event details.

8:00 am


Campus tours will start every 15 minutes. The last tour will begin at 8:45am

9:00 am

University Welcome

Dr. William Watkins, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

9:15 am

Partnering with the University

Student Life:

Dr. William Watkins, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

This presentation will focus on the importance of engagement in co-curricular activities as means to promote student success and will discuss how parents can support student involvement. Parents will be introduced to the Student Conduct Code, student records access policies, and University practices and resources that combine to promote a secure campus environment. There will be an opportunity for questions following this section.

Academic Success

Dr. Elizabeth Adams, Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Studies

This presentation will inform parents of academic information that is central to a freshman's success. Parents will be introduced to the role they can play in supporting and reinforcing student academic success. The discussion should include what their student was told about graduating on time, units required, declaring a major, important dates to remember (midterms, finals), advisement and registration, and other University Policies such as executive order 665 and repeating courses.  There will be an opportunity for questions following this section.

10:15 am

Student Life Videos

10:20 am


The First Year Transition to College

Dr. Saimir Thano, Staff Psychologist for University Counseling Services

This presentation will focus on the common challenges first year students face when coming to college and common challenges parents face when their child goes to college. The discussion will provide strategies and tips on how parents can support their student in the first year and promote student success.   A question and answer period will follow.

10:50 am

Student Life Videos

10:55 am


Meeting the Costs of College       

Beatriz Mendoza, Financial Aid Counselor for the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

This session will review the costs of attending CSUN; provide insights into factors that may contribute to future changes in costs, suggest ways that students can assist in managing costs while in college, outline sources of financial aid, and discuss the role parents can play in meeting college costs. A question and answer period will follow.

11:25 am




Campus Safety and Emergency Preparedness     

Anne Glavin, Chief of Police – Department of Police Services  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   This session will inform parents of the capabilities of the Department of Police Services in providing safety, security and law enforcement services for the California State University community.  Information will also be provided on crime prevention programs, emergency preparedness resources and educational opportunities that promote personal safety and the protection of property. The discussion will help parents understand the campus partnerships that help reduce the risk of victimization and foster safety within the campus community.

There will be an opportunity for questions following this section.

11:55 am


12:00 pm



Supplemental Tours

NSO leaders will be leading tours to specific locations including:

  • Student Recreation Center (SRC)
  • Oviatt Library
  • Orange Groves and Valley Performing Arts Center



Location, Parking, & Items to Bring

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Parent Day will be primarily located at the University Student Union (USU).

Please join us for light refreshments (Coffee, Juice, & Fresh Pastries) at our check-In between 8am to 9am at the USU's Plaza Del Sol.  The Program will officially start at 9am in the USU's Northridge Center which is adjacent to your check-in location.

General Campus Tours will begin at 8am and led by our New Student Orientation Leaders.  These will be conducted in smaller groups and leave every 5 to 10 minutes pending interest. 

Supplemental tours will occur AFTER the conclusion of Parent Day for this interested in visiting areas like the Oviatt Library, Student Recreation Center (SRC), among others.


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We have made arrangements for you to park in the G3 parking structure  located off Zelzah Ave. & Prairie St.

Parking permits will be distributed at the parking kiosk/Information Booth once you turn onto campus from the Prairie St. entrance. Please tell the parking booth attendant that you are here for Parent Day and you will be provided a permit free of charge. 

There will be New Student Orientation Leaders at the parking lot assisting parents to navigate to the appropriate locations.



Most materials will be provided for you, including informational handouts, notepads, pens and a parent edition of the New Student Orientation handbook. There will be several touring options for you to consider when the workshop portions of the program conclude.  The university tour will be completely ADA accessible.

Handbooks & Presentations

All new students who attend orientation are provided a New Student Handbook. The most updated version of the New Student Handbook can be viewed by clicking the New Student Handbook icon on the left below.

All parents and guardians who attend Parent Day will receive a copy of the New Student Handbook with supplemental information for Parents. For now, you can download last year’s handbook, which contains similar information but be sure to check back with us for the most updated version a few weeks after this year's program has taken place.

2016-2017 Handbook

Past Presentations

Download the most recent Parent Day workshops:

Partnering with the University – Academic Success (Dr. Elizabeth Adams, AVP Undergraduate Studies)
Partnering with the University - Student Life (Dr. William Watkins, VP Student Affairs & Dean of Students)
Meeting the Costs of College (Ms. Lili Vidal, Director – Department of Financial Aid & Scholarships)
Campus Safety (Ms. Anne Glavin, Chief – Department of Police Services)

Campus Resources

We have compiled multiple links below for you to gain further knowledge of the resources CSUN has for you and your student. Please feel free to contact any departments you may find on your search as well as the Office of Student Involvement and Development with any question, concerns or comments you may have.

Academic Advisement

Campus Employment

Campus Involvement

Counseling Services

Degree Planning Guides

Department of Police Services

General Education Honors Program

Parents Supporting Academics and Personal Development

Student Health

Student Services and Classes

Student Service Centers and Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP) Advisement

University Catalog

Parent & Family Guest Guide (Hotels, Activities, and Eateries for Parents and Families)



Make sure to ask about the CSUN discount



Jazz “A” Band with Jazz Lincoln Center Orchestra
Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 7:30pm
The CSUN Jazz "A" Band is recognized as one of the finest college jazz bands in the nation. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by Wynton Marsalis, is made up of 15 of the finest soloists, ensemble players, and arrangers in jazz music today. Read more

ART EXHIBIT: Karla Klarin: Subdividing the Landscape
August 29 – October 8, 2016


Información en Español


Should you have any further questions or concerns feel free to contact the Office of Student Involvement and Development at (818) 677-4100.

Disclaimer: The New Student Orientation website contains information authorized and available at the time of publication. Its content, including dates and fee amounts, is subject to change without prior notice or obligation.