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Muir College Parent & Family Orientation Program

Congratulations on your student’s decision to attend John Muir College at UC San Diego! We hope that you also will engage with the college through oppportunities we are offering along with your student's Orientation.

As this is an exciting time in your students educational journey, we can imagine it is an exciting and proud time for you as well.  Muir College provides you with an opportunity to connect with college and campus staff and learn about services and resources in a space with other families who are experiencing similar transitions within their families.

Whether your student is living on campus or commuting, we will provide you with presentations and information aimed at preparing you for this important transition and the college experience your student is about to begin.

Programs offered to parent and family members are not mandatory. If you would like to take part in one, please note the program is recommended for adult family members ONLY. All programs will be conducted in English.

A partial list of presenters and departments that are involved include:

 - Provost  - Financial Aid
 - Academic Advising  - Student Health Services
 - Student Life  - Campus Safety
 - Residential Life  - Transportation & Parking Services
 - Commuter Student Services  - Parent & Family Programs
 - Student Business Services  - Counseling & Psychological Services


Dates & Hours

Parent and family resources will become available beginning Tuesday, September 22, 2020. 

LIVE Q&A Webinar
We will be hosting a LIVE Question and Answer session on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 from 4:00PM-5:00PM.  At that time you will be able to ask questions you may have to a panel of college staff from Muir College Student Affairs and Academic Advising, as well as a panel of our current students.

In-Person Welcome Program
We also offer the opportunity for parents and family members to attend an in-person session and have the opportunity to further engage with the John Muir College community.  These half-day sessions are separate from your student's and occurs at the same time. 

 Session Date  Session Day  Session Time
 September 25, 2020  Friday  8:00AM-12:00PM
 September 25, 2020  Friday  1:00PM-5:00PM
 September 28, 2020  Monday  8:00AM-12:00PM
 September 28, 2020  Monday  1:00PM-5:00PM
 September 29, 2020  Tuesday  1:00PM-5:00PM
 September 30, 2020  Wednesday  8:00AM-12:00PM


  • For the in-person option, it is preferred that family members attend sessions on the same date as their student's program. 
  • The In-Person Welcome Orientation is currently scheduled to be facilitated following all health and saftey guidelines.  In the event developments with COVID-19 affect the feasibility to host an in-person program, all intended portions of this program will be moved to a modified online engagement experience. 

How to Register & Fee for Family Orientation 

There is no cost to attend the LIVE Q&A or the In-Person Welcome for parents and family members.  However, attendees will still need to register as we only have a limited number of spaces available. 

Your registration is a separate registration process from your student's. You may only be provided the information to  register AFTER your student registers for their student Orientation programs.

Please direct your student to their College Orientation Registration to register for an Orientation session.  Student registration will begin on May 15, 2020. 

Once your student registers for Orientation, parents/guardians and family members will receive information on how to sign up for sessions. 

Please note: For the in-person engagement opportunity, all attendees must register regardless of age; Daycare and/or babysitting services are NOT provided.The program is not recommended for children since it is a conference-style program.

The deadline to register for a Parent & Family program is August 31. A late fee of $25 will be applied for those registering after August 31st as well as those who switch their session after the deadline.


Lodging is NOT offered through the Family Orientation Program. All lodging accommodations for family members must be on your own. Below are lodging options in the La Jolla area:

Parking and Directions

This information will be updated once information becomes available

What to Bring & Reminders for the In-Person Welcome

  • Comfortable walking shoes (Participants will be required to travel to various locations across campus)
  • Sunscreen
  • Refillable water bottle

Remember to dress in layers! Orientation Sessions will take place both indoors and outdoors, so wearing layers will help with the changing temperatures.


If you have a disability or dietary restrictions that you did not mention while registering for the program, please let us know! Email us at and, if possible, we will make the appropriate arrangements.

International Parent & Family Orientation

For new undergraduate international students, the Office of Parent and Family Programs and the Office of International Students and Programs offer an International Parent & Family Orientation program.  Please follow the link HERE for more information.   

Questions about Family Orientation?

Please email