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Parent Orientation

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Parents, just like students, need Summer Orientation to help with the transition to college life. You want information and support, too. We understand this need, and we also understand that you are a major contributor, both emotionally and financially, to your student's success. That's why we want you to be a part of the 2014 Parent Orientation Program.

Each year, more than 1000 parents attend the program. For some, it is a second, third and even fourth time to participate with a new Tech student. Overwhelmingly, these parents encourage other parents to attend.


For a complete listing of lodging options, visit www.rustonlincoln.com.

Hotel Contact Address Price Amenities
Comfort Inn 318-242-0070 1951 North Service Rd. E $75 Deluxe Breakfast, High Speed Internet, Outdoor Pool
Fairfield Inn & Suites 318-251-9800 1707 Roberta Ave. $89 for Orientation only ($99 standard University rate) Indoor Pool, Exercise Room, Full Breakfast
Hampton Inn 318-251-3090 1315 North Trenton St. $90 nightly Free Continental Breakfast, Free Wifi
Holiday Inn Express 318-513-9777 1825 Roberta Ave. $99 King/Double Internet, Breakfast
Sleep Inn & Suites 318-232-1100 106 South Service Rd. E $88.19 University Rate (year round)


Parents must pre-register to attend. Return the attached form along with the fee to reserve your spot at Parent Orientation. Upon receiving your registration and fee, we automatically place you in the Parent Orientation for the same session as your student. A confirmation is them emailed to you with the session dates.

The cost of Orientation is $35 for one parent and $60 for two. This cost covers registration, meals and materials (for one). All fees are nonrefundable.

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.

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 torus will depart and head to the Argent Pavilion to enjoy dinner followed by our "Parents' Night Out" at 7:00 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:

Encouraging Independence

As students begin their career 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 60 minutes from Lambright

All tours will be between the hours of 12 p.m. to 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 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 Andy Cline by phone at 318-257-3036 or 1-800-LATECH-1 or by email at acline@latech.edu prior to your Orientation program.

Day and Time Event Location
Wednesday 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. Check-In Tolliver
3:00-5:00 p.m. Check-In Tolliver
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Interactive Bus Tours see above
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Dinner and Activities Downtown Ruston
Thursday 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Late Parent Check-In Howard
8:45 - 9:15 a.m. Big Tech Welcome Howard
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Academic Convocation Howard
10:45 - 10:50 a.m. Introductions Howard
10:50 - 11:10 a.m. Registrar Howard
11:10 - 11:30 a.m. Comptroller Howard
11:30 - 11:50 a.m. Financial Aid Howard
12:15 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch 2nd floor Student Center
1:00 - 1:15 p.m. Break  
1:15 - 1:30 p.m. Honors Parent Session Howard
1:35 - 1:50 p.m. BARC Howard
2:00 - 4:00 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 - 11:20 a.m. Student Affairs Howard 
11:20 - 11:45 a.m. Question & Answer Session Howard 
12:00 p.m. Dorm Checkout  
12:30 p.m. University Closes