Parent Orientation

Student with her mother.

College is an investment, an emotional and financial investment, for the whole family.  That's why Detroit Mercy offers an orientation just for parents of new students.  Our one-day program will provide you with tips on how to guide your student toward success. 

If attending orientation on the same day as your student, you will check-in and participate in the opening session together. After the opening session, students will begin their orientation and the rest of your day will be spent with other parents. 

Parent orientation is a one day program and student orientation is an overnight program.  If you are planning to pick your student up from orientation, plan to meet in the Fountain Lounge on Friday at 1:00 p.m.  Should you need hotel accommodations or dining options go to  

If you have enrollment questions or you need to cancel or reschedule your reservation, please contact the Office of Admissions at 313-993-1245 or We look forward to having you on campus this summer!

Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate infants, toddlers, or young siblings at Parent Orientation.

Orientation Details

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    Benefits of Parent Orientation

    Parent Orientation will:

    • help with your transition to becoming a college parent;
    • equip you with the resources necessary to help your student achieve success and graduate; 
    • introduce you to faculty, advisors, staff and support personnel who will help your son or daughter at Detroit Mercy; 
    • and allow you to meet other Detroit Mercy parents and begin to develop connections with them.

    Session Topics

    The following sessions will be available:  

    • Academic Advising
    • Student Life
    • Center for Career and Professional Development
    • Tutoring
    • University Ministry
    • Health and Wellness
    • Public Safety
    • Billing and Financial Aid
    • Residence Life
    • Athletics
    • Dining Services

    During orientation parents will also have the opportunity to meet with a financial aid counselor and take a walking campus tour including the residence halls. Lunch will be provided.  


    Parent Orientation Schedule

    The Parent Orientation schedule will be available in the spring.