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Updated: November 02, 2015

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New Student & Parent Orientations Are Sept. 16

Foothill College will host New Student Orientation Wednesday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event gives incoming freshmen the opportunity to meet other new students and get answers to questions about attending Foothill College. Admission is free when you sign up at

“Foothill’s new student orientation is the first stop on your way to an exciting collegiate experience, academic opportunity and personal growth,” says Foothill College Vice President of Student Services Denise Swett, Ed.D. “We’re thrilled that you’ve chosen Foothill, and we’re excited to show you all that the college has to offer.” 

Participants will learn about campus life programs and student services, including financial aid options, university transfer information and student activities. New students can pick up the OwlCard student ID, take a campus tour and purchase textbooks during the orientation. In addition to complimentary lunch and morning snacks, the event features a student success panel discussion, cool raffle prizes and live entertainment.

Parking is free in Lot 1. Meet at the Smithwick Theatre on campus. Foothill College is located off I-280 on El Monte Road in Los Altos Hills. If you require accommodations for a disability, call (650) 949-7038. For more orientation information, call (650) 949-7241 or access

Foothill Parent Orientation, Too

Foothill College also hosts Parent Orientation Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 6 p.m. in Room 8338 in the Admissions and Records Building. Parents and students are welcome to attend. Admission and parking are free.

In addition to answering parents’ questions, Foothill faculty and staff will give brief presentations on university transfer options and the transfer process, financial aid opportunities, academic counseling, academic integrity, federal privacy laws, adaptive learning resources and procedures for requesting accommodation services and college resources that support student success. 

“We offer Parent Orientation because we want you to learn more about the place where your student will be spending so much time over the next few years,” Dr. Swett says. “You’ll leave with information that can inspire productive college-related conversations with your student. Most importantly, you’ll send an important message to your student that you’re interested in his/her education.”

The event gives parents and guardians of college students the opportunity to meet Foothill faculty, counselors, administrators, staff and students; get answers to questions; learn about strategies to help your college student succeed; discuss student rights and responsibilities; and learn about the numerous programs and services available to Foothill students.

Parking Lots 1 and 2A provide the closest access to the Campus Center. Foothill College is located off I-280 on El Monte Road in Los Altos Hills. If you require accommodations for a disability, call (650) 949-7038. For more Parent Orientation information, call (650) 949-7241 or e-mail


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