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New Student Orientation isn’t just for students.

A family taking a photo

Families aren’t required to participate, but we strongly encourage you to attend. Special programming is designed for siblings and parents or guardians. 

New students must RSVP on behalf of their families through the link in their 1Hope email account. This link will be sent out in mid-June.  


This schedule is subject to change. 


10 a.m.–4 P.M Staggered Housing Check In
11:30 A.M.-2 P.M. Lunch
2–5 P.M. Resource Room
4-6:30 P.M. Dinner
 7–9 P.M. Windmill Island Getaway (some activity areas for siblings will be available)


7:30-9 A.M. Breakfast
 9–10:15 A.M. Family Opening Session & Reflection
 10:45–11:30 A.M.

Parent Seminar I (choose one)

  • Klooster Center for Excellence in Writing
  • Financial Matters
  • Explore Your Options: Off Campus Study
  • Q&A with Campus Ministries
  • Your Student with Documented Learning Needs 
11 A.M.-1:30 P.M. Lunch
 11:30 A.M.–12:30 P.M. Legacy Family Open House (by invitation)
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. First Gen. Student & Family Session
 1–1:30 P.M. Chatting with Food Services
 1:30–2:15 P.M.

Parent Seminar II (choose one)

  • The Academic Transition
  • Teaching as a Faithful Profession
  • Building a Greater Community
  • Hope Parent Roundtable
  • Your Hope Student-Athlete
 2:30–3:15 P.M.

Parent Seminar III (choose one)

  • The Residential Life Experience
  • Your Student’s Health
  • Your Hope Student-Athlete
  • Boerigter Center for Calling and Career
  • Campus Safety
4:30-6:30 P.M. Picnic in the Pine Grove (served in Phelps and Cook Dining Halls)
 6:45–9:15 P.M. Movie Night for Elementary and Middle School Siblings
 7:30–9 P.M. Hope Orientation Parent Experience


 10–11 A.M.  Worship Service
10:30 A.M.-1 P.M. Brunch
11–1 p.m. Campus Ministries Open House
 1:50 P.M. Opening Convocation Processional at DeVos Fieldhouse
 2–3:30 P.M. Opening Convocation (DeVos Fieldhouse)
 3:30–5 P.M. Time for Goodbyes & Family Photos


On Saturday morning, following the Family Opening Session, there will be a Time of Reflection for you to write a letter to your student. Materials will be provided. This letter can address the hopes and dreams you have for your student during their next four years at Hope and will be given to them upon completion of their senior year. We encourage you to bring a pen when you come to the Family Opening Session. Upon exiting the Time of Reflection, Orientation staff will be present to collect your letters, sealed inside your envelope. Please note, if you are unable to write your letter in the allotted time, Orientation staff will be collecting letters throughout the weekend at the following locations and events: The Bultman Student Center, Hope Orientation Parent Experience, and Opening Convocation.

Schedules are subject to change. A final schedule will be provided on your arrival in August.