Schedule - Parents

Students on Green Space

The Parent Bearcats Bound Orientation is not mandatory.  However, parents are encouraged to attend (particularly if this is your first child going to college). There will not be a separate siblings program. Siblings will accompany parents.

Orientation Check-In

You will check in with your student at the Check-In Desk.  Your nametag will be included with your student's.

College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), students and parents have a different schedule. Please see the CCM Schedule link for more information about the student and parent schedules for CCM orientation.

Overnight Accommodations Check-In

If you or your student are planning to stay overnight in Calhoun Residence Hall, the check-in desk is located in the lobby level of the hall (see Overnight Accommodations).

  • If you are arriving on the day of your orientation your check-in time is from 4:00–8:30 p.m. Please leave your luggage in the trunk of your vehicle until the overnight stay check-in time
  • If you are arriving the day before your orientation, your check-in time is between 7:00–11:00 p.m.

See Overnight Accommodations for additional information.


What New Bearcat Parents Can Expect

During Bearcats Bound Orientation, parents will learn about:

  • The numerous support services available to students
  • UC’s academic and social programs
  • How to stay actively involved in your student’s learning process
  • Financial aid, housing, safety and other programs and services
  • How to join the UC Parents & Families Association
  • Meet and interact with other new parents

DAY ONE – PARENTS and Guests

7:30 a.m. CHECK IN:  Students who need to take the math placement test will check-in at this time.

7:30 a.m. CHECK IN:  UC athletes and parents of UC athletes will check in at this time.
9:45-10:30 a.m.
Campus Services
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. College Program
12:45-1:30 p.m. Lunch at CenterCourt (will be provided)
1:45-2:15p.m. Doctors, Diseases, and Deductibles
2:30 - 3:15 p.m. Residence Life/Commuter Life
3:15 - 5:00 p.m. Taking Care of Business
3:15 - 5:00 p.m. UC Bookstore Open House
3:15 - 5:00 p.m. Student Spotlight


7:00 - 8:00 a.m. Check out of Calhoun Residence Hall
7:00 - 8:00 a.m. Breakfast on your own — Enjoy the options on campus
8:15 - 9:00 a.m. The UC Parents & Families Association and Athletics
9:15 - 9:45 a.m. Money Matters
10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
10:45 - 11:45 a.m.
Public Safety, Student Affairs & Services, and Title IX
11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. UC 1001
12:15 a.m. - 12:45p.m. SOL Panel 
12:45 p.m.

Optional Residence Hall Tour

Note : This is a sample schedule and is subject to slight changes. You will receive the final program in your packet at Bearcats Bound Orientation.  You must check-in before attending any session in order to be obtain all your information.

Bearcats Bound School Supplies Drive

Please bring some new school supplies to donate to the Bearcats Bound School Supplies Drive. Bring your items to the orientation check-in desk and place in the donation box. Get a good start by making a positive impact on your new home community! The school supplies will be donated to a Cincinnati area elementary or middle school to help children in need.

Be generous in participating in the Bearcats Bound School Supplies Drive, and join us in serving the littlest among us!

Requested items include: 

  • crayons
  • pencils
  • pens
  • markers (waterbased)
  • erasers
  • glue (white, non-toxic)
  • notebooks
  • pencil box or case

Your donation will reach a needy child in time for the start of the new school year and you can help boost their confidence.

Note:  Monetary donations will be accepted at the Orientation desk, in lieu of, or in addition to, your school supplies donation. All donations are welcomed and greatly appreciated.