New Student Orientation

For Undergraduate Students

Schedule of Events for Families

Visit the Parents & Families website for resources throughout your student's time at Cal Lutheran.

The transition to college is one of the biggest steps your student will take in their life. However, your student is not the only person making a transition. While they are learning how to live on their own and making their own decisions, you, too are confronted with a new set of circumstances.

Whether your student is living at home or on campus, you will most likely see your role as a family member change. Family Orientation has been created to make this transition as stress-free as possible.

Friday, Aug. 28
8:00am - 6:00pm

ID Cards and Parking Permit

Your student can come pick up their ID card and parking permit in Ullman Commons 101.

Ullman Commons 101
8:15am - 6:45pm

Library Open

Come visit the library and check out all the studying materials and areas that are available to your student!

Pearson Library
10:00am - 2:00pm

New Student Orientation and Residential Move-In

The time has finally come to check-in your student and meet their roommates!

Kingsmen Park
3:30pm - 4:30pm

Resource Fair

Come mingle and check out all the different offices and resources we have on campus!

Memorial Parkway
4:00pm - 5:00pm Regals Volleyball, Cross Country, Kingsmen Water Polo, and International Students Check-In Kingsmen Park
4:30pm - 5:15pm

Family Residential Meeting

If your student is living on campus, this meeting will give you all the helpful information you need.


Samuelson Chapel


5:30pm - 7:00pm

Cal Lutheran Family Dinner

Kingsmen Park


Saturday, Aug. 29
8:00am - 6:00pm

ID Cards and Parking Permit

Your student can come pick up their ID card and parking permit in Ullman Commons 101.

Ullman Commons 101
8:00am - 9:45am

New Student Orientation Check-In and Office Resources

If your student has not checked in prior to this time, please come check in and pick up your orientation packet! Our office representatives will be available to answer any questions you may have.


Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center Patio
10:00am - 10:30am

President's Welcome

Come and get your first welcome to the Cal Lutheran family by the President!

Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center Arena
10:15am - 6:45pm

Library Open

Come visit the library and check out all the studying materials and areas that are available to your student!

Pearson Library

Presentation of Campus Resources

In this session, family members will be able to hear from various offices on campus that are critical to a new students success at Cal Lutheran. The offices include: Registrar Office, Business Office, Student Counseling Services, Health Services, Center for Student Success (CSS), Multicultural Programs, Study Abroad, and Campus Public Safety.

Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center Arena
10:45am-12:15pm Spanish Presentation of Campus Resources Lundring Events Center
12:00pm - 2:00pm

Lunch and Community Connection

Come and meet the different Cal Lutheran offices and vendors that offer useful resources for you. Enjoy lunch!

Kingsmen Park
2:00pm - 2:45pm

Lutheran Higher Education

Lutherans are proud of their 500 year history in higher education. Educating leaders for the world is an ambitious task and is a task that California Lutheran University embraces with fervor.

This session will acquaint you with some of our history, a portion of our theological perspective, and will highlight how Cal Lutheran understands its responsibility to serve the broader religious community.

Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center Arena
2:00pm - 2:45pm Spanish Academic and Social Transition into Cal Lutheran Lundring Events Center
2:45pm - 4:15pm

Academic and Social Transition into Cal Lutheran

This session will provide an overview of the primary challenges students face during their academic and social transition to Cal Lutheran. Faculty and Student Life Staff will share successful strategies families can do to aid students in this transition and answer any questions family members might have. Student Life consists of four areas: Community Service Center; Wellness Programs; Leadership Involvement; and Intramural Sports, Fitness Center and Recreation.

Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center Arena
2:45pm - 3:30pm Spanish Lutheran Higher Education Lundring Events Center
4:15pm - 4:45pm

Transfer Family Faculty Connection

Cal Lutheran is known for its valuable education and academic rigor. Faculty will be excited to share the numerous academic opportunities and provide insight for your transferring student.

Nygreen 1
4:15pm - 4:45pm

First Year Families Meet Faculty

In this session, families of first year students get to meet and interact with their students Freshmen Seminar course instructors.

Designated Classrooms
4:45pm - 5:15pm

Disability Support Services

Learn about resources available to your student inside and outside the classroom.

Ullman Commons 100
4:45pm - 5:15pm

GI Bill & Yellow Ribbon 101

Informational meeting for veteran students and military families.


Ullman Commons 103
5:00pm - 6:30pm

President's Reception and Family Send-Off

Grab a snack and meet Cal Lutheran’s very own President!

President's Patio

Family Sessions

You will have the opportunity to hear from several different offices around campus. Some of the family sessions include:

1. Academic and Financial Guidance
  • Business Office: Learn the basics of maintaining your student account and how to navigate new policies and payment options.
  • Registrar: Hear about how parents can access their students' grades, the 4 to Finish program, and other class and schedule information.
2. Multicultural and Study Abroad Opportunities
  • Multicultural Programs: Learn about the variety of Culture and Justice Clubs on campus, the amazing multicultural video and book library, the cultural programs, and unique leadership opportunities available through this office.
  • Study Abroad: A semester abroad is more affordable than you might think. Cal Lutheran offers opportunities to study in over 70 countries. Hear more about this important part of Cal Lutheran's mission to educate leaders for a global society.
3. Academic and Accessibility Resources and Campus Safety
  • Center for Student Success: CSS serves the Cal Lutheran community and supports students who want to maximize their academic achievement. CSS offers the following academic resources: Students Taking Academic Responsibility (STAR) Program, Disability Support Services, testing services, tutoring information, Academic Difficulty Notices and Faculty Advisor assignments.
  • Campus Safety: Learn the function of Campus Safety, how it serves the CLU community, and some steps students need to take to stay safe and protect their property.
4. Counseling and Health Services
  • Student Counseling Services provides professional, confidential psychological counseling services free of charge to registered Cal Lutheran students and psychological education and consultation to the entire campus community. Students are seen by appointment or, if experiencing a psychological crisis, on a walk-in basis.
  • Health Services will address what services are available, which students are eligible to use our office, and the cost of services. Patient confidentiality and some of our policies will also be discussed.

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