Orientation Information for Parents

Separate Parent and Family Orientations will be offered throughout the year - please see below for dates

Parent and Family Orientation booklets will be available at all student orientations. You may also download the current  Parents & Family Booklet

Parent and Family Orientation Sessions

Since Orientation is for new students only, we welcome parents, family and friends to your own orientation session because you play such an important role in your student's success! No RSVP is required. Topics include educational support resources, residency, financial aid, campus safety and much more! Talk to college administrators and faculty and have your questions answered! Choose the campus location and date that fits your schedule. The same information will be covered at all sessions.

East Campus

  • April 27th - 8:45 AM - 12:00 PM
    - (Big Freshman Orientation)
  • June 27th - 5:45 PM - 9:00 PM
  • July 20th – 8:45 AM - 12:00 PM
  • July 27th – 8:45 AM - 12:00 PM
  • August 10th- 8:45 AM - 12:00 PM
  • August 17th – 8:45 AM - 12:00 PM

 

Osceola Campus

  • April 27th: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • July 20th: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • August 3rd: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • November 16th: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

 

West Campus

  • April 20th: 8:45 AM - 12:00 PM
  • July 20th: 8:45 AM - 12:00 PM
  • August 17th: 8:45 AM - 12:00 PM

LAKE NONA

Parents are welcome to attend other campus locations for parent orientation sessions. You do not need to attend the same date and location as your student.

POINCIANA

Parents are welcome to attend other campus locations for parent orientation sessions. You do not need to attend the same date and location as your student.

WINTER PARK

Parents are welcome to attend other campus locations for parent orientation sessions. You do not need to attend the same date and location as your student.

Conversations to have with your Student before Orientation

  • 1

    Discuss financial aid and funding for college

    Remind your student to check Atlas email frequently to know the most current status in the financial aid process.

  • 2

    Discuss your student's obligations to the rest of the family.

    Are you expecting them to pick up siblings from school? Will you need to take over some child care responsibilities? Help with elderly family members?

  • 3

    Discuss your student's work schedule and the number of classes they want to take.

    Remember, for every one hour in class, students need to spend two hours outside of class studying. Is the schedule realistic for the demands to be met at work and school? What can you do to make sure your student has the time to study?

  • 4

    Discuss proof of residency

    The school does not know if your student is a Florida resident without proper paperwork (usually provided by parents). Be sure you check Valencia's Admissions page for more information.

Champion your student

  • 1

    Empower your student to become independent.

  • 2

    Help your student set aside 2 hours for every 1 hour in class - to study, read and do homework.

  • 3

    Help your student pay attention to deadlines = they're important

  • 4

    Provide support and encouragement when assignments get touch, often during the middle of the semester and exam time.

  • 5

    College changes people. Your student will encounter new ideas and skills - and grow as a result. Ask your student about what he or she is learning.

Preview your student's Online Orientation here

Simply click on the section and navigate to the menu bar that appears on the left. This version does not contain the assessments which students are required to complete prior to On-Campus Orientation. Students must complete their version via their Atlas account.

  • Section 1 Residency, Assessment, Meta-Majors
  • Section 2 Financial Aid, AA and AS Degrees, Direct Connect
  • Section 3 Valencia's Campuses, Developmental Education
  • Section 4 NSE Course (SLS 1122), Scheduling, Next Steps, Review

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