Parent / Family Day

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Information for Parents & Families

Parents and families are encouraged to attend Parent/Family Day and learn how to support their first year student's academic and co-curricular experiences. The charge for lunch and materials is $15 per parent (no charge for student). Remember that parents/families and AQ students will be separated for the day and will rejoin at the end of the day for the last session. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes to maneuver campus.

Parents/guests need to register for Parent & Family sessions, too. If you did not register when your student signed up for STAR, please contact the Admissions office by e-mail at or call (616) 632-2900 to reserve your space.

Why should I register?
Parent/Family Day offers Aquinas-specific support for you as family members as you transition to the new relationship you have with your AQ student. The day is designed to answer the questions that you may have (or didn't know that you have) about basic needs for your student and how to prepare for that transition to college in August.

You will receive lunch, interact with campus departments, and enjoy some time with fellow families of incoming Aquinas College freshmen. This is a day to define the partnership between Aquinas College and your family, and to see the important place that you hold as a member of the AQ community. Please join us!

Topics for the Day (9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

  • Aquinas 101
  • Breakout sessions:
    • Campus Ministry
    • Career & Counseling
    • Center for Diversity & Inclusion
    • Academic & Learning Services
    • Insignis Honors Program
    • Nursing/ University of Detroit Mercy
    • Athletics
  • Paying the Bill and Dining Options
  • Connecting with Campus Safety
  • Ins and Outs of Campus Technology
  • Staying Well
  • AQ Outside the Classroom: Orientation information
  • Relating to Your College Student
  • Residence Life/ Commuter Club
  • Optional Residence Hall Tour

Hotel Information
A special Aquinas College rate is offered at many hotels in Grand Rapids. Families are encouraged to share that you are with Aquinas College while making reservations. For more information please our Directions and Hotel Information page.