Family Frequently Asked Questions

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The Family Field Guide is intended to assist you and your student with the transition to Lehigh, placing special emphasis on the services available to your student. It will enable you to advise them as they navigate the complexities of the first year college experience. You will learn about student support services, from academic support and career counseling to student involvement and battling homesickness. In addition, we will introduce you to the Bethlehem community with history of the area, places to stay, where to eat, and things to do while you are here in the Lehigh Valley. 

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When is Move-In Day?
New first-year students move-in on Thursday, August 20, 2020. Housing information will be emailed to students in July and move-in directions will be available on the Campus Portal in August.

What events are planned for families during Orientation?
Thursday afternoon is packed with information for family members regarding their student's transition to Lehigh. After the University Luncheon, we will have sessions on your student's development in college, academic and social resources, legal issues in college and more! The day will end with the President's Address and reception. Please review the family schedule on our website for updates. You will receive a complete schedule when you check-in for Orientation August 20, 2020.

I am a parent who has already been on a campus tour, what I am I going to learn at Family Orientation?
Parents and families will have a chance to meet with University staff and faculty during Orientation to help your transition to Lehigh. Your son or daughter will be calling you when they have questions so our Orientation program provides you with answers to both your questions and your students. The Family Orientation Program will address topics such as legal issues, alcohol on campus, residence life and roommate issues, campus safety and student development through college.

When will students say goodbye to their families?
We encourage family members to stay through the Family Orientation program on Thursday, August 20, and then depart for home since the students have a very busy schedule for the next few days. We have scheduled a time for students and family members to meet at the student's residence hall and say goodbye on Thursday.

Is there a Family Orientation if my student is participating in preLUsion?
Yes! We have a Family Orientation scheduled for Monday, August 17, 2020 for those families who are dropping their student off early for preLUsion. The information is the same as Thursday’s family sessions.