Life on Campus

Parent Orientation

Our Parent Orientation has gone virtual! Check out our online parent resources below to see how you can participate. 

Online Parent Orientation Resources

Just like students, parents need Summer Orientation to help with the transition to college life. You want information and support, too. We understand. We know you’re a major contributor, both emotionally and financially, to your student’s success. That’s why we want you to be a part of the Parent Orientation Program. Each year, more than 1,100 parents attend the program. For some, it is a second, third, and even fourth time to participate with a new Tech student. Year after year, these parents encourage other parents to attend.

Encouraging independence

As students begin their careers at Tech, it is important that they register for classes on their own with the guidance of their academic advisor so that they may begin making their own decisions about their academic futures. Encouraging students to be self-sufficient will help them to develop confidence, improve problem-solving skills, and enhance their overall experience at Louisiana Tech University.

How to Register

Once your student has registered for Student Orientation, an invitation to Parent Orientation will be emailed to the student’s account. Parents must pre-register for orientation and may do so one of two ways:

  • Through their student’s Kennel portal.
  • By submitting the registration info through the Google Form below.

After registering, a confirmation email will then emailed along with a payment link. Parent and Family Orientation costs $50 per parent and covers registration, meals, and the materials for one parent. All fees are nonrefundable. 

Accommodations

Parents traveling into Ruston for Parent Orientation will need to secure accommodations for their stay. We are proud to work with Holiday Inn Express as a supporter of the Louisiana Tech Orientation Student Leaders. To book with the Holiday Inn Express, click here!

Nearly all hotels within the Ruston-area are a less than a ten-minute drive from campus. For a complete listing of lodging options, visit the Experience Ruston webpage.

When You Arrive to Orientation

When is Check-in?

Parent orientation officially begins on Wednesday afternoon of your orientation session. Check-in times on Wednesday are held in the Louisiana Tech Student Center between 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 –  5:00 p.m. While less information is delivered on on Wednesday, we will be offering bus tours of both the City of Ruston and Louisiana Tech’s Campus (check below for more information). Following the tours, join us at the Ruston Civic Center (401 N. Trenton Ave, Ruston, LA) for a casual dinner hosted by Ruston’s Mayor, Ronny Walker. 

For parents unable to attend Wednesday, our Thursday check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. and lasts until 8:30 a.m. in the Howard Center for the Performing Arts. Make sure to check out our full parent schedule (below) and the student orientation schedule to plan your arrival accordingly.

Interactive tours

Our Interactive Bus Tours are give you the chance to see the City of Ruston and Louisiana Tech without all the walking and heat. Step onto our air-conditioned coach and take a guided tour of your student’s future home away from home. Both tours are open to all students and guests. Make sure you do not miss out!

  • Campus Bus Tour: Departs every 60 minutes from Tolliver Hall at 1:00 p.m.; 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.
  • City of Ruston Bus Tour: Departs every 90 minutes from Tolliver Hall at 1:00 p.m.; 2:30 p.m.; and 4:00 p.m. 

On-Campus Parking Permit

Visitor Passes are issues by email for use during orientation. You will have an opportunity to purchase a fall parking permit during Orientation. The following items are required to purchase a parking permit:

  • Driver’s license
  • Vehicle Registration Form (filled out with info from the vehicle the student plans on driving on campus)
  • $100 parking fee (not included in the cost of Orientation)

We will collect these forms during check-in until 4:00 PM. Parking Stickers will be picked up and all payments will be made directly to the Tech Traffic Office located in South Hall on Thursday or Friday of Orientation.*

*Your student may also submit your form and pay for their sticker when they return to campus in the Fall.

Schedule

Parent Orientation Program is held on the same dates as the student’s Summer Orientation Program. The sessions, however, are different. The Student Orientation helps your student make a smooth transition into university life. The Parent Orientation Program is geared toward the “basics” — all those things the student may forget to share about Louisiana Tech. All aspects of the University are discussed and you have plenty of opportunities to ask questions. You will also have the opportunity to learn about Tech and Ruston on interactive bus tours sponsored in part by the Ruston Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau. Wear comfortable clothes please bring a light jacket as meeting areas may be cool. For special accommodations, contact Elton Taylor by phone at 318.257.2547 or by email at orientation@latech.edu prior to your Orientation program.

Wednesday
Day and Time Event Location
12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Check-In Student Center
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Check-In Student Center
1:00 p.m. (every 90 min. until 4:00) City of Ruston Bus Tours Begin Tolliver Hall
1:00 p.m. (every 60 min. until 4:00) Campus Bus Tours Begin Tolliver Hall
6:00 p.m.  Mayor’s Parent Dinner (Casual Dress) Ruston Civic Center – 401 N Trenton Ave, Ruston, LA
7:30 p.m. Dog Days of Summer Railroad Park – Downtown Ruston
Thursday
Day and Time Event Location
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Orientation Welcome Howard Center for the Performing Arts
9:15 a.m. Academic Convocation Dismissal from Howard Center for the Performing Arts
10:35 a.m. Introductions Howard Center for the Performing Arts
10:45 a.m. Honors Program – Dr. Ernest Rufleth Howard Center for the Performing Arts
11:00 a.m. First-Year Experience – Jenn Carter Howard Center for the Performing Arts
11:15 a.m. Registrar’s Office – Ashley Johnson Howard Center for the Performing Arts
11:40 a.m. Comptroller’s Office – Cristy Martin Howard Center for the Performing Arts
12:15 p.m. Lunch The Tech Table -Student Center
1:15 – 1:30 p.m. Break Campus
1:45 – 3:45 p.m. Student Affairs Seminar TBD
6:00 p.m.  Dinner Student Center
7:00 p.m. “Presents” Howard Center for the Performing Arts
Friday 
Day and Time Event Location
8:00 – 8:45 a.m. Parent & Student Breakfast Student Center
9:00 a.m. Residential Life Tours Dismissal from Student Center
10:30 a.m. Counseling Services Howard Center for the Performing Arts
11:30 – 12:30 p.m. Dorm Checkout Barnes & Noble Bookstore
12:30 p.m. University Closes All Campus