Orientation information for parents and families

Connect and engage

Welcome new parents and families!

This information will help to get your Gettysburg College experience off to a great start. You can also find additional resources on our Parents and Families page.

Welcome Gatherings

Join us at a welcome event in late July or early August for parents and guardians.

At our virtual Welcome Gatherings, you will

  • meet other Class of 2025 Gettysburg College parents and guardians, as well as members of the College staff,
  • learn helpful information, and
  • have plenty of time to ask questions.

Welcome Gatherings are organized geographically, and you may choose to participate in the one that encompasses your hometown—or, you may feel free to join any Welcome Gathering. Choose one that best fits your schedule!
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Welcome Gatherings will take place via Zoom. There will be friendly faces to welcome you, talk with you, and answer your questions. Registration is required. List of Welcome Gatherings and Registration.

Wednesday, August 25

On this day, new students who have not already arrived on campus (for fall sports or another program) will move into their residence halls in the morning. Families have the opportunity to eat lunch together. After lunch, students will join their Orientation groups, while parents, guardians, and other family members are invited to join a welcome and information session, enjoy refreshments and socialize at our Welcome Reception for Families, and attend Convocation at 4 p.m. Directly after Convocation, you will have time to say good-bye to your student. Activities for family members conclude after Convocation.

New Parent Dashboard

The New Parent Dashboard was available from June 8 - 25, 2021.

This tool gave incoming parents and guardians the opportunity to verify contact information, subscribe to emergency text notifications, and learn more about parent involvement. Detailed information.

If you did not complete the New Parent Dashboard, you will have the opportunity to complete the Parent Dashboard early in the fall semester. You will receive information in September via email.

Opportunities to connect

Class of 2023 Opening Day

The Class of 2023 arrives

Class of 2023 flags and President Iuliano at Convocation