Your student is about to begin an exciting new journey, and we, at The Catholic University of America, understand that you will be beside your student every step of the way. You play an important role in your student's success.

Through the Orientation program, we encourage students to learn and understand the expectations and offerings of the Catholic University community. We hope that you and your student will talk about expectations, responsibilities, transitional fears, and exciting opportunities, both before and during Orientation, and throughout their time at Catholic University. In this light, we have designed a family Orientation program that moves in conjunction with the student Orientation program. 

If you have any questions over the course of the summer please call the Orientation program at 202-319-6003.

We look forward to seeing you in August!


Steve Kreider
Director of Campus Activities


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    Local Hotels

    Find out where you can stay during Orientation.

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    Role of Parents

    One of your roles is to provide support for your son or daughter as he or she assumes responsibility for his or her life. Encourage him or her to take the initiative in making decisions instead of relying upon you.

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    Stress Periods for Students

    As you know, certain times of the year are more difficult than others. During these times, additional support for your student is helpful and encouraging.

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    These books can help parents and students during the transition to college. 

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