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Parent Day

Greetings, Parents & Family Members -

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

The Office of Student Development & Transitional Programs recently hosted a Parent & Family Webinar to help add some clarity to some of the questions and concerns you all have shared with us. For those that were able to join us for that live webinar, we appreciate your participation. If you didn't quite get that chance to make it out, we want you to know that we have the recording available below for your review. Should you have any questions about what was discussed, feel free to connect with us at orientation@csun.edu.

 

Parent and Family Webinar Series Goals

Parent and Family Series is designed to:

  • 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 knowledge of resources and services that are being offered in a virtual and/or hybrid format.
  • To assist you with understanding how you can support your student as they head into finals and prepare for the spring semester.

Parent & Family Program Schedule

Parent Day Schedule Example

at a glance:

8:00 AM – Check-in and Campus Tours
9:00 AM – University Welcome
9:15 AM – Partnering with the University Part 1 – Student Life
9:35 AM – Partnering with the University Part 2 – Academic Success
10:15 AM – Breakout Session #1
11:00 AM – Breakout Session #2
11:45 AM – Breakout Session #3
12:30 PM – Tradition of the Rose and Lunch

Detailed :

8:00AM

CHECK-IN & CAMPUS TOURS

Campus tours will start every 10 minutes. The last tour will begin at 8:30 am

9:00AM

UNIVERSITY WELCOME

9:15AM

PARTNERING WITH THE UNIVERSITY

Academic Success

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.

Student Life

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.

10:15AM

BREAKOUT SESSION #1

  • Meeting the Costs of College - Presented by the Department of Financial Aid & Scholarships 
  • The First Year Transition - Presented by University Counseling Services

11:00AM

BREAKOUT SESSION #2 

  • Police Services & Campus Safety - Presented by the Department of Police Services
  • "Let's Talk" - Student Panel - Presented by Various Students from New Student Orientation

11:45AM

BREAKOUT SESSION #3

  • Police Services & Campus Safety - Presented by the Department of Police Services 
  • The First Year Transition - Presented by University Counseling Services
  • "Let's Talk" - Student Panel - Presented by Various Students from New Student Orientation

12:30PM

LUNCH & TRADITION OF THE ROSE

 

For a summary of what each presentation is about, please look under the following tab "Program Activities, Presentations, and Speakers"

Program Activities, Presentation, and Speakers

EXAMPLE OF ACTIVITIES, PRESENTATIONS, AND SPEAKERS 

CHECK-IN & CAMPUS TOURS
Parents are encouraged to grab some light refreshments (provided) and take a tour of the campus guided by CSUN’s New Student Orientation (NSO) Leaders. Both English and Spanish speaking tours will be available. There will be photo opportunities and a campus trivia table with prizes too! Drawstring backpacks, paper/pens, and a Parent Day handbook will be provided upon check-in.  

UNIVERSITY WELCOME
     Dr. William Watkins, Vice President for California State University, Northridge.

PARTNERING WITH THE UNIVERSITY
     
Dr. William Watkins, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Student Life: 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

     Dr. Elizabeth Adams, Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Studies
Academic Success: 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.

BREAKOUT SESSIONS:

POLICE SERVICES & CAMPUS SAFETY/EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
     
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. A new video on active shooter awareness will be shown, followed by discussion on how this video is being introduced to students on campus. If time permits, there will be an opportunity for questions following this section. 

THE FIRST YEAR TRANSITION TO COLLEGE
      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.

MEETING THE COSTS OF COLLEGE
     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.

“Let’s Talk” – Student Panel
     Office of Student Involvement & Development
At this session parents will have the opportunity to connect with CSUN Students to ask questions and learn what has helped them in their college journey.  Students will share about their personal experiences related to the transition and adjustment into CSUN on topics ranging academic success to social and cultural contexts.  

TRADITION OF THE ROSE & LUNCH              
A symbolic CSUN tradition - Individuals place roses at the foot of the Matador Stature to celebrate major accomplishments and milestones such as birthdays, engagements, successful semesters, and graduations.

Lunch will be provided where you will be able to dine with other parents/guardians, and NSO Leaders. 

Location, Parking, and Items to Bring

PARENT DAY LOCATIONUSU Map Image

University Student Union (USU)

PARENT DAY PARKING

As we get closer to the event date, a parking permit will be sent to those who have registered for the event by email.

There will be New Student Orientation Leaders at the parking lot to hand out passes if unable to print one prior to the event. They will also assist parents/guardians as they navigate to the appropriate locations on the morning of the event date. 

 

WHAT TO BRING:

Most materials will be provided for you, including informational handouts, notepads, pens and a supplemental 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.

Feel free to bring a your own water bottles/canisters should you wish to aid our campus' sustainable efforts. There will be water stations located at the venue and throughout the campus. 

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)

FAQ's from Parent & Family Day Webinar

Who and what department are the panelists from?
We had panelists from academic affairs, student affairs/student life, environmental health and safety, and police services. Specifically we had the Vice President of Student Affairs & Dean of Students, Vice President of Academic Affairs & Provost, Associate Vice President for Student Life, Chief of CSUN Police Services, Associate Vice President of Student Success, and Director of Undergraduate Studies
What is happening with Student ID cards? When & how can they get Student ID cards?
Students are able to purchase a CSUN ID card at the first floor of Bayramian Hall and more information can be found at: https://www.csun.edu/current-students/records-transcripts/student-id
Will there be tours for new students who haven't seen much of campus?
Yes! All students who joined the Matador family in Fall 2020 & Fall 2021 were invited to on-campus tours in August 2021 and in October 2021.
If my student wanted to find other students with similar interests, and a club may not necessarily exist for these interests, then where can they go?
We encourage students to connect with the Matador Involvement Center (MIC) at https://www.csun.edu/mic or located in the University Student Union inside the Sol Center building to look for opportunities for involvement. We also recommend involvement with Associated Students at https://www.csun.edu/as and University Student Union at https://www.csun.edu/usu to connect with peers with similar passions. 
When will students currently living on campus need to apply for fall 2022 campus housing and how do the housing shuttles work?
The Fall 22 housing application process will open in early February. Regarding the housing shuttle, the shuttle picks up/drops off students on-campus, near F8 lot and F10 lot. The following link has a full map. https://www.csun.edu/parking/csun-shuttle-services
How do I use Zoom?
You can find the link with steps on how to use Zoom here: https://www.csun.edu/it/zoom

InformaciĆ³n en EspaƱol

 

Should you have any further questions or concerns feel free to contact the Office of Student Development & Transitional Programs at (818) 677-4100 or email us at orientation@csun.edu.

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.