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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 or by phone during normal business hours at (215) 717-3165.

2017 International Students Advance Orientation Program

Friday, August 25 at 4 p.m. through Saturday, August 26 at 5 p.m.

Parents of international students are welcome for the entire program.


2017 Orientation Program for All Parents of New Students

Sunday, August 27

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)

2017 Move-In Dates and Times

International Students

Friday, August 25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

New incoming students residing in on-campus housing at Lenfest Hall

U.S. Students

Sunday, August 27, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Welcome to Center City

Housing / Move In Information




Safety and Security


Welcome to CENTER CITY

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.


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 and/or last month's rent plus one month's rent as a 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).

For further information, please contact Veronica McAuley, director of off-campus housing, by e-mail or by phone during normal business hours Eastern Standard Time (or Eastern Daylight Saving Time) at (215) 717-3188.  

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 whether my child uses a laptop or desktop computer?

No. The type of computer students 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 have and use a cell phone.


As a parent, do I have the right to view my student’s grades and other records?

Student academic information is protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and is not provided to parents without the written consent of the student.  Please refer to our privacy policy.  


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 Curtis photo 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. 

New students are provided an overview of public safety each year at orientation. Representatives are safety and security professionals from across the city, including the Philadelphia Police Department Ninth District, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, and AlliedBarton Security Services. 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.

Helpful Links

Philadelphia Police Department

Philadelphia Center City District

City of Philadelphia - Public Safety

Center City Residents Association - Who to call for services

Philadelphia Fire Department

How to Protect Your Laptop

Bicycle Coalition of Philadelphia -- Safe Routes


U.S. Department of Education

Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention

College Parents of America

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA)


Helpful Reading for Parents

Almost Grown: Launching Your Student from High School to College

Author: Patrick Pasick

Empty Nest...Full Heart: The Journey from Home to College

Author: Andrea Van Steenhouse

When Your Kid Goes to College: A Parent's Survival Guide

Author: Carol Barkin

Letting Go: A Parent's Guide to Understanding the College Years

Author: Karen Levin Coburn

When Kids Go to College: A Parent's Guide to Changing Relationships

Authors: Barbara M. Newman and Philip R. Newman