Life on Campus

Parent Orientation

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.


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 using the same Kennel portal that was used for Student Orientation registration.

A confirmation is then emailed with payment link. This cost covers registration, meals, and materials (for one) parent. All fees are nonrefundable. Pricing options are following:

Registration Type 1 Parent/Guardian 2 Parents/Guardians
Parent Orientation $50 $100


Quick tip

Some sessions fill up before the registration deadline. Choose early if you want to be assured of a particular session. Should your student’s first choice be full, the next available session choice will be granted.


Parents traveling into Ruston for Parent Orientation will need to reserve lodging at one of our local hotels. Nearly all hotels within the Ruston-area are a quick five-minute drive from campus. For a complete listing of lodging options, visit the Experience Ruston website.

When you arrive

Check-in on Wednesday will be held in Tolliver Hall between Noon and 2 p.m. or 3 and 5 p.m. A parent-only check in will be 7:30-8:30 a.m. Thursday morning in Howard Auditorium. We will start Parent Orientation with interactive tours of Louisiana Tech University and the City of Ruston. These tours will depart and head to the Argent Pavilion to enjoy dinner followed by our “Parents’ Night Out” at 7 p.m.

Parking permits

Your student 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 (for the car the student will drive on Tech’s campus)
  • Social Security Number
  • $100 parking fee (not included in the cost of Orientation)

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.

Interactive tours

Campus Bus Tour:
Departs every 30 minutes from Tolliver Hall

City of Ruston Bus Tour:
Departs every 90 minutes from Tolliver Hall

All tours will be between the hours of noon and 5 p.m. Don’t miss out!


The 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, and remember that meeting rooms can be cool. You may want to bring a light jacket. For special accommodations, contact Elton Taylor by phone at 318-257-2547 or by email at prior to your Orientation program.

Day and Time Event Location
Wednesday 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) Interactive Bus Tours Tolliver
1:00 p.m. (every 30 min) Interactive Campus Tours Tolliver
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Dinner Ruston Civic Center
7:30 p.m. Dog Days of Summer Downtown Ruston
Thursday 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Late Parent Check-In Howard
8:45 – 9:15 a.m. Orientation Welcome Howard
9:30 – 10:15 a.m. Academic Convocation Howard
10:35 – 10:45 a.m. Introductions Howard
10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Honors Parent Howard
11:00 – 11:15 a.m. First-Year Experience Howard
11:15 – 11:40 a.m. Registrar Howard
11:40 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Comptroller Howard
12:15 – 1:15 p.m. Lunch TONK
1:15 – 1:30 p.m. Break Campus
1:45 – 3:45 p.m. Student Affairs Seminar University Hall
6:00 p.m. Dinner TONK
7:00 p.m. Presents Howard
Friday 8:00 – 8:45 a.m. Parent & Student Breakfast TONK
9:00 – 10:15 a.m. Residential Life Tours TONK
10:30 – 11:10 a.m. Counseling Services Howard
11:15 – 11:40 a.m. Question & Answer Session Howard
12:00 p.m. Dorm Checkout  
12:30 p.m. University Closes