Parent Orientation Information
For answers to questions regarding orientation, please contact Laurel Grady, associate dean of student services and international student affairs, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone during normal business hours at (215) 717-3165.
2015 International Students Advance Orientation Program
Friday, August 21, 4 p.m. through Saturday, August 22, 5 p.m.
Parents of international students welcome for entire international program.
2015 Orientation Program for All Parents of New Students
Sunday, August 23
10 a.m. to Noon: Brunch for new students and parents
Noon to 3 p.m.: Parent Orientation Program (new students should not attend)
3 to 4 p.m.: Tour of Curtis facilities (optional)
2015 Move-In Dates and Times
Friday, August 21, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
New incoming students residing in on-campus housing at Lenfest Hall
Sunday, August 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Curtis is situated in what is known as Center City in the Rittenhouse Square area. Most students live within walking distance to school. Center City is vibrant and enjoys a great reputation for its diverse nightlife, restaurants, performing arts, cultural offerings, and much more. Part of the fun in coming to Curtis is living in Center City.
Helpful resources are in our "Philly Beat Getting Around Guide," updated by students each year, and on these websites:
- Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau
- Philadelphia City Paper
- Philadelphia Weekly
- Welcome to the City of Philadelphia
ON-CAMPUS: What do I need to know for my child’s move-in to Lenfest Hall?
Students living in Lenfest Hall should pay particular attention to assigned move-in dates. (See above.) Students who arrive earlier than their move-in date are responsible for securing their own overnight accommodations. Curtis does not provide ground transportation or overnight accommodations.
IMPORTANT: Parents and family members are NOT permitted to stay overnight in student suites or rooms. The residences in Lenfest hall are EXCLUSIVELY for Curtis students.
OFF-CAMPUS: How do I find housing for my child?
Students living off-campus will be sent information on where to find suitable housing. Students living off-campus must be prepared to pay first/last and one month security deposit to secure an apartment lease. Most apartments require a 12-month lease. Students must furnish their own apartment and have utilities turned on (which requires a security deposit).
Plan to arrive one to two weeks early to allow sufficient time to finalize arrangements for your child’s apartment, become familiar with Center City, and get settled before the beginning of New-Student Orientation.
Parents of international students: Please note that International Student Orientation begins Friday before New-Student Orientation. Refer to Information Guide for Parents of New International Curtis Students for full details.
Does it matter if my child uses a laptop or desktop computer?
No. Students find that the type of computer they choose is based solely on personal preference and does not dictate their use of the computer or study habits. Public computers are available throughout Curtis. Wireless connection is available throughout Lenfest Hall and in most locations on campus.
Should my child have a cell phone?
Yes. Cell phones play an important role in students' lives and are a primary means of communication. All students are expected to use and have a cell phone.
As a parent, do I have the right to view my student’s grades and other records?
Do first-year students need cars on campus?
Since parking spaces are limited, we strongly discourage students from bringing cars to campus. As with any urban setting, it is easy to get around Center City on foot or on public transportation. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) operates the transit system for buses, subway, trolleys, and regional rail for Philadelphia and the region.
A photo Curtis ID is issued to all Curtis students, faculty, and staff. Everyone is expected to carry his or her Curtis card at all times, and keep it easily accessible to speed entry to all Curtis buildings. This card will also be used for the dining plans at Lenfest Hall.
Members of the Philadelphia Police Department or the UPenn security staff provide new students an overview of public safety each year at orientation. Everyone in the Curtis community is encouraged to educate themselves about the local crime statistics and to report crime incidents. Safety is a shared responsibility and everyone on campus is expected to exercise good safety habits.
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, originally known as the Campus Security Act, is the landmark federal law that requires colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses. Learn more about the Clery Act from Security on Campus, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to prevent violence, substance abuse, and other crimes in college and university campus communities across the United States, and to compassionately assist the victims of these crimes.
U.S. Department of Education
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