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 this summer. In 2022, we will offer both in-person and virtual Welcome Gatherings.

Our in-person 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.

Our virtual Welcome Gatherings, which take place via Zoom, also are organized geographically. In addition, we are offering a Welcome Gathering in Spanish and one for our families with special interest in resources for our students of color, first generation students, and LGBTQ+ students. Our virtual Welcome Gatherings are specifically for parents/guardians, as Class of 2026 students have their own opportunities to engage virtually throughout the summer.

At our Welcome Gatherings, you can expect to

  • meet other Class of 2026 Gettysburg College families, as well as members of the College staff,
  • learn helpful information, and
  • have plenty of time to ask questions.

Tenga en cuenta que estamos ofreciendo una Reunión de Bienvenida en español.

Choose a Welcome Gathering that best fits your schedule! Registration is required. Register here.

Wednesday, August 24

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 6 - 24, 2022.

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 2025 Move-In Day

Move-In Day Class of 2025

Bob Iuliano posing with students during move in day