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Parent/Guardian Information

Do I have to attend?
No, but you are encouraged and welcome to attend! Approximately 60% of the first-year students who attend bring at least one guest. If you cannot or do not want to attend, your student certainly won't be the only one without a parent/guardian with them.

Why should I attend?
You will be given the opportunity to meet with and hear from representatives from many different departments on campus. You will learn about some of the expectations that will be placed on your first-year student. You will be able to ask questions, receive answers, and share information with other parents/guardians.

What if I can't attend?
When your student returns from S.O.A.R., ask questions and ask to see the folder of material each student receives. Consult the Helpful Phone Numbers list and call the appropriate offices to get the information you need. You may wish to be a part of our e-mail connection -- call Karen Gavula at 724-836-7497 or e-mail her at upgkg@pitt.edu to sign up.

Is there a fee?
Yes. A fee of $50 is assessed for those parents/guardians not staying on campus; for those staying on campus, the fee is $65. The fee covers meals, materials, evening entertainment and linens for those staying. Unfortunately, the fee is not pro-rated if you must leave early or can't attend the second day.

Will I be with my student?
Please consult the tentative schedule. You will not be with your student about half the time. You will not be with your student during their placement exams or during their class registration times.

How many parents/guardians stay on campus?
115 parents/guardians stayed on-campus during S.O.A.R. 2008. Parents/guardians are housed in a different area than the students. You will be housed in a 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom air-conditioned apartment. If attending alone, you will be housed with other parents of the same gender.If attending with a significant other, you will be housed with another couple.

Can I bring my sister/other children/friend, etc?
Small children can easily become bored (as you know!), so they sometimes have a difficult time at S.O.A.R. Older children are welcome, as are other family members. It's up to you!

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