Parents & Families

Welcome to the OCAD U community! As a parent or family member of an OCAD U undergraduate student, you play an important role supporting your student’s success. Sign up for our Parent & Family Newsletter to get insights into the services, programs and resources we offer to aid students in achieving their goals. It includes tips for helping your student navigate university life, and ways you can encourage them to take advantage of available opportunities and resources.

Is your student coming to OCAD U this fall?

Your student has accepted their offer… now what? Registration Assistance Days are held in June/July every year and are designed to prepare your student for course registration and the year ahead. Parents, families and guardians are welcome! Learn about housing options, meet upper hear students and peer mentors, take a tour and meet our staff.

Orientation for your new student

Starting university can be an intimidating experience for your student. OCAD U’s orientation and welcome (O-DAYS!) is designed to help your student meet new friends, learn about programs and services that exist to help them succeed, and connect them with avenues for help for when they have questions. While parents and families were welcome to join us during Registration Assistance Days (RAD) in late June, orientation and welcome is designed to be the launchpad specifically for your student. Encourage them to participate!

Supporting your student’s well-being

Learn more about our services designed to support students with their academic and personal well-being by visiting the Students section of our site. Here, you’ll find information on our Health & Wellness Centre, Centre for Students with Disabilities, Student Advising, Financial Aid & Awards, the Office of the Registrar, International and Indigenous student offices, Writing & Learning support, Campus Life and so much more.

A word on privacy

The privacy laws of Ontario do not permit OCAD U to disclose information about students to their parents and families without a student’s consent. This is all part of their journey to adulthood, autonomy and independence. That said, we believe our students are best supported when their family members are well-informed about the university and, together, we can encourage them to get the support they need and take advantage of the opportunities available to fulfil their goals.