Family of new LVC student on move-in day

Supporting Your New or First-Year Student

They’re In!

Welcome to The Valley! You and your student have done the hard part. Now it’s time to celebrate.

Thank you for entrusting LVC with your student’s education. We’re here to support you every step of the way. Together, we can ensure that college is a rewarding and transformative experience for your student.

What’s Next?

Congratulations on this exciting milestone in your child’s life—their first year of college. We understand that this transition can be both thrilling and daunting for you and your student. That’s why we’ve created this webpage to provide you with valuable resources and support as you navigate this journey together.

Committing to LVC is the first step to becoming a Dutchman!

Has your student:

Please encourage accountability by reminding your student to check their LVC email and admission portal often.

Use this handy checklist and timeline to keep track of what your student needs to do and when they need to do it. From setting up their LVC email to submitting health forms, we’ve mapped their way to move-in day!

View the admitted student checklist.

As an enrolled first-year or transfer student, your student will get close advising from a faculty member in their intended major even before they come to campus.

They can take the next step on their Dutchman journey by attending one of the New Student Advising Days (NSAD). Students will schedule courses with an advisor, meet their fellow classmates, and explore residential and academic life at LVC. NSAD also includes parent sessions focused on the transition from high school to college and how LVC’s resources can best support students.

Learn more about New Student Advising Days.

Our Orientation Program is filled with activities to help students and families navigate campus and adjust to college life and expectations.

Learn more about Move-In Day & New Student Orientation.


Here are some ways you can help your student to make sure their transition into college life goes smoothly.

  1. Encourage Healthy Communication: Keep the lines of communication open with your student. Let them know that you’re there to listen and support them through any challenges they may face. It’s all about balance.
  2. Offer Guidance, Not Pressure: While it’s important to offer guidance, try to avoid putting too much pressure on your student. Allow them to navigate their own academic and social experiences while providing gentle guidance along the way.
  3. Foster Independence: Encourage your student to take ownership of their college experience. This includes managing their time, seeking out resources, and making decisions independently.
  4. Stay Informed: Familiarize yourself with the resources available on campus, such as academic advising, counseling services, and student organizations. Knowing where to turn for support can be invaluable for both you and your student.
  5. Set Realistic Expectations: Understand that the first year of college can be a period of adjustment for both you and your student. Set realistic expectations and celebrate their achievements—big or small.
LVC class of 2027 student with family on New Student Advising Day

Show Off Your Dutchman Pride

Social Media Graphic

Share your student’s acceptance with family and friends with our celebratory graphic.

Join Us on Campus

Join your student at one of the many events happening at LVC! Support the Flying Dutchmen at athletics events or enjoy a musical performance. And don’t forget about Homecoming & Family Weekend each fall!