While your student will be starting their Fall Orientation experience, we will be offering a brief Family Orientation to help you get to know us and each other a little better.  Below is a schedule of our 2017 Family Orientation, which will be held on Saturday, August 19 and the morning of Sunday, August 20.

Please note that Family Orientation is not mandatory.  If you have prior commitments (or dropped your student off as an early arrival), please don't worry.  We're happy to answer any questions you have, either during check-in or by phone or email. 

Finally, please note that we request an RSVP by Friday, August 11th for the family reception and continental breakfast.  There is no need to RSVP to the other sessions.  

Saturday, August 19, 2017

9 a.m.-3 p.m.  Student Check-In, Dorsey Center Courtyard
Please note: Arrival times are delineated by house assignment, so please check the schedule below to determine the time of your student's move-in.  You are welcome to check in at any time after your scheduled time and before 3 p.m.  We ask that you please wait to arrive until (or after) your assigned time to minimize the length of your move-in process.  While we work hard to expedite the move-in process, please be prepared to wait for your car to be unloaded.  The check-in times are as follows:

  • 9 a.m.  4th floor of Pagliaro Selz Hall, Probst House, Sondheim House, Welsh Hall
  • 10:30 a.m.  2nd floor of Pagliaro Selz Hall, Alcock House, Winslow House
  • Noon  3rd floor of Pagliaro Selz Hall, Gallagher House
  • 1 p.m.  Commuters

3:30-4:15 p.m.  Learning Everywhere, Kraushaar Auditorium, Dorsey Center
Representatives from Student Affairs and other departments will provide an overview of the resources Goucher provides to help support your student's experience.

4:15-5 p.m.  Academics at Goucher, Kraushaar Auditorium, Dorsey Center
Learn about the foundations of the Goucher educational experience.  Get information about our academic requirements, the resources that are available to support your student, and faculty expectations of students.  We will also discuss Goucher's academic policies that are relevant for families.

5-5:30 p.m.  The Goucher Experience, Kraushaar Auditorium, Dorsey Center
Join President José Antonio Bowen as he provides an overview of what your student will experience through their Goucher education, as well as some helpful suggestions for families as you adjust to this next phase of your relationship with your student.

5:30-7:30 p.m.  Family Reception/Departmental Information Tables, Athenaeum
We hope you can join us for this celebratory reception with faculty and staff.  Light appetizers and beverages will be provided- RSVP is required by Friday, August 11.  Various Goucher departments will be available at tables to answer questions about Goucher resources and your student's experience. 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

8-8:45 a.m.  Continental Breakfast, Dorsey Center Courtyard

8:45-9:30 a.m.  Change Happens, Merrick Lecture Hall, Dorsey Center
A student beginning college is a significant transition for any family, whether it's your first or fourth child to attend college.  Join us to learn about what you should expect in the coming months and how you can support your student in being academically, socially, and emotionally successful at Goucher. 

9:45-10:30 a.m.  New Student Convocation, Kraushaar Auditorium, Dorsey Center
Celebrate with students as they mark the beginning of their academic journey with an induction into the community of learners at Goucher College.  

10:30-11 a.m. Farewell...For Now!, Dorsey Center Courtyard
Students and family members are invited to mingle with staff, faculty, and First Year Mentors before families head home and students continue with Fall Orientation.  

For questions or additional information, feel free to contact the Office of Student Engagement at 410-337-6124.

And don't forget: Family Weekend is October 6-8, 2017!