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Families & Support

Support from families plays a critical role in the success of college students. Educating yourself more about your student's transition and how best to support them can help with the transition to MSU Denver.

We hope to share resources and answers that will help guide you as you support your student.

Learn more about:

  • attending orientation with your student

  • advice from other family member's supporting their students

  • the Family Education Right to Privacy Act and what that means for you and your student

  • resources both on campus and beyond that can assist you


Attending Orientation with your Student

Family members can attend any student orientation with their student at no cost.

What will I learn from orientation?

Attending orientation, you will hear the same academic, financial, and campus involvement presentations as your student. This can be helpful to your student in remembering all of the information and additional steps to enrolling at MSU Denver.

Will I sit with my student during orientation?

We intentionally separate families or guests that attend orientation with incoming MSU Denver students. We do this because we feel that it is important to communicate to students their responsibility to learning and understanding the steps to MSU Denver's enrollment process.

Does my student have to attend orientation?

Yes, all new students are required to attend orientation in order to complete their enrollment into the University. Students must also confirm their Intention to Enroll and pay their enrollment deposit prior to registering for orientation. 

Who typically attends as family members at orientation?

Mostly parents or guardians for students. However, partners, friends, children, and other support members have attended and are welcome!

Do I have to attend orientation with my student?

Orientation is not required for family members. We suggest talking over your attendance with your student and making a decision together on whether you will attend.

How do I register to attend an orientation?

As a student registers for an orientation session, they will have the option to add a guest to their registration. However, guests are alwasy welcome and will be accomodated even if they are not formally registered for an orientation session.

How do I find dates for orientation?

Orientation dates can be found within the student registration process. The registration database is set up to know your student's information and show dates for the specific type of orientation that will help them be successful in their transition to MSU Denver.

If I have further questions about orientation, who do I contact?

Please contact the New Student Orientation Office at 303-556-6931.