ISO Parent Program

Fall Term Orientation provides an extension of General Orientation to international students: International Student Orientation. This extension runs before General Orientation from 5 p. m. on Wednesday August 17, 2016, through Friday August 19, 2016.  New students should plan to move in on Wednesday August 17, 2016 in the afternoon, before the first Orientation event (the Welcome Dinner) begins.

For new Spring Term students, International Student Orientation is combined with general new student Orientation. This combined Orientation will run from 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17, through Wednesday, January 18, 2016. It is mandatory for all new students. 

Orientation is an important and exciting transition time for students and their families. Parents of international students often have unique questions and concerns as their children are beginning their education at Gordon. If your child is participating in International Student Orientation, we invite you join us for our Parent Program, which is specially designed to provide international families with information and resources as they make this transition. If you plan to attend, please fill out the RSVP form below. Families are also welcome to participate in the general New Student Orientation Parent and Sibling Program, which begins after the completion of International Student Orientation.

For the General Orientation schedule, see parent information

International Student Orientation Parent Schedule (Fall Term Only)

WEDNESDAY August 17, 2016
All Day

Welcome Table - Meet your Admissions Counselors and International Student Services Staff

6 PM–7:45 PM

Welcome Dinner
Easton Dining Room (in Lane Student Center)
New students and families are invited to an opening dinner with ISO leaders, International Student Services staff and Administration!

THURSDAY August 18, 2016
All Day

Student Financial Services - Optional Sign-up for individual appointments @ MacDonald Hall 2nd Floor

10 AM–11 AM

Parent & Family Campus Tour
Meet outside Frost Hall

11:30 AM–12:30 PM

Parent & Family Lunch
Chapel Dining Room (in Lane Student Center)

12:30 PM–1:30 PM

Parent & Family Session: Support from a Distance
Ken Olsen Science Center 202
Encouragement and discussion about parenting from far away

2 PM–6 PM

Optional Free Time
Relax, get settled in, go shopping…free time!


FRIDAY  August 19 , 2016
9 AM–5 PM

Parent & Family Off-Campus Day
Enjoy a vacation day on the beautiful North Shore!

6:30 PM

All Student Orientation Parent Program begins with Welcome Program and Dessert Reception. Join the rest of the parents of the incoming class of Gordon College students and transition to “General” Orientation!