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Parent Orientation

We are also pleased to welcome parents and family members, to the Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) Community and want to extend that welcome at our Family New Student Orientation (NSO) Program.

Sending a child off to college is a difficult experience, as it marks not only a major transition in his or her life, but also in yours. Although college may represent the first time students will be “on their own,” parents will continue to play a critical role in their college students' development, learning and education. Students report that input from their parents is one of the most significant influences on the decisions they make early in their college careers. Informed parents can and do have a tremendous impact on their student's success in college.

The Family NSO Program at Jefferson is specifically designed to educate parents on first-year academic and social transition issues, discuss how parental encouragement and interest helps students optimize opportunities in college, and assist with the transition and separation process for parents. While there will be some opportunity for student and families to connect during NSO, the majority of sessions throughout the program will be separate

Family Accommodations during Summer New Student Orientation: 

The University has several local hotels to offer to parents and families participating in NSO. Accommodations may be made at one of the following locations:

Ace Conference Center
Contact: Neil Schriever
Phone Number: 1-800-523-3000

Crowne Plaza
Contact: Kate
Phone Numbers:
(215) 220-6413

Hilton City Line
Contact: Chris Wedul
Phone Numbers:
(215) 879-3399 ext. 2017

More information regarding visiting, and additional hotels, can be found here:

Additional Jefferson Parent and Family Resources. 

The support of parents and families play an integral role in the successful transition of their son or daughter to college, and we offer several programs for family members to learn about Philadelphia University.  Parents and families are encouraged to visit our Jefferson-Parent webpage.

Contact Information:

First Year Experience
Kanbar Campus Center, Suite 317
phone: (215) 951-2634
fax: (215) 951-2644

Campus address: 

The Kanbar Campus Center, Suite 317

Mailing address: 

4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144-5497