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Parent Orientation

Parent Orientation

Parent Orientation Information

General Information  
  • 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

  • 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)
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.

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

  • All Parent orientations with the exception of May 25 take place in the SEED Center (Second Floor, Conference Room A).  
  • Freshmen Orientation for students begins in Tritico Theater of Shearman Fine Arts Annex.  
  • Only the May 25 Parent Orientation will take place in the La Jeunesse Room of Holbrook Student Union (Old Ranch).

Campus Map
  • 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


  • 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