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Parent Orientation

Parent Orientation

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Parent Orientation Information

General Information: Parent Orientation is hosted by the University Services division and operates concurrently with Freshmen Orientation.  Parent Orientation offers parents and family members of incoming freshmen information about services, financial matters, and expectations for students.  It includes a multi-faceted presentation from leaders of various departments and offices.  There will also be an opportunity for parents to participate in a table browse including departments that present.  View this webpage for information concerning the program.  For questions regarding Parent Orientation contact the Office of University Services at 337-475-5706 or email

Dates: Parent orientations scheduled for the summer of 2017 take place on the following dates: May 17, May 25, June 7, June 23, June 29, July 12, August 17 (concurrent with freshmen orientation dates)

Location:  All Parent orientations with the exception of May 25 take place in the SEED Center (Second Floor, Conference Room A).  For location information, see the bottom of this page.  Only the May 25 Parent Orientation will take place in the La Jeunesse Room of Holbrook Student Union (Old Ranch).  Location information for this date is also located at the bottom of this page.  Freshmen Orientation for students begins in Tritico Theater of Shearman Fine Arts Annex.

Departments/Offices Presenting

  • Counseling & Student Health Services
  • Career & Student Development Services
  • Student Life & Campus Engagement (including Cowboy Camp for incoming freshmen)
  • Campus Dining
  • Campus Housing
  • Campus Police & Safety
  • Disability Services
  • University Bookstore
  • University Services (Student Rights/Responsibilities, Emergency Preparedness, etc.)
  • Accounts Payable (Student Fee Bill)
  • Financial Aid
  • Scholarships

Resource: Parent Orientation Booklet PDF icon

Parent Orientation Schedule
8:15am Opening Remarks Dr. Chris Thomas, Assistant Vice President for University Services
8:20am Department Presentations  Counseling & Student Health, Career & Student Development, Campus Engagement, Campus Dining
9:45am Break 10 minute break
9:55am Department Presentations Campus Housing, Campus Police & Safety, Disability Services, University Bookstore, University Services (Student Rights/Responsibilities)
11:00am Department Table Browse Presenting departments will have table setups for parents/family to ask questions or receive more information not covered in the brief presentations.
11:30am Lunch Break On select dates, Rowdy's Cafeteria in Holbrook Student Union will be open for patrons.  There are many other food options in the immediate vicinity of the campus.
1:00pm Department Presentations Financial Aid, Scholarships, Accounts Payable (Student Fee Bill)
Adjustments to the schedule are made as necessary.

Need Lodging?

A limited block of rooms have been secured for families attending Parent Orientation.  Block rates apply to the night prior to and night following Parent Orientation.  The group code at each location is "MSU Parent Orientation".

Best Western Plus Inn & Suites ($99.00 per night)
1245 E. Prien Lake Rd.
Lake Charles, LA 70601

Comfort Inn ($89.99 per night)
607 E. Prien Lake Rd.
Lake Charles, LA 70601

Location & Parking Information

See Campus Map below

  • SEED Center: #36
  • Holbrook Student Union - Old Ranch (only May 25): #13/#22
  • Shearman Fine Arts Complex (Freshmen Orientation): #19

Parking is available in any legal spot adjacent to each facility.  Campus Police is aware of visitors on campus for orientation dates.  Tickets will not be issued if you are in a legal parking spot.

2017 Campus Map

For questions regarding Parent Orientation contact the Office of University Services at 337-475-5706 or email