Franklin faculty and staff are excited to welcome students to campus in August!

Below is the schedule for the Parent Orientation on Wednesday, August 23. 

12:00, 12:20 and 12:40

Tour of the McNeely Center of Ideas & Imagination

Main Reception Entrance, Kaletsch Campus

Staff members in the Office of Student Life will lead small tours (20 people each) of the New Building construction project. This tour will involve visiting all sites open to the public. The tour will last approximately 20-30 minutes.


Welcome and Introductions

Nielsen Auditorium, Kaletsch Campus

Hear from members of the Franklin staff and faculty who will be working with your student throughout their time at Franklin. They will introduce themselves and give a brief overview on their roles, the services, and the opportunities they offer. Dr. Deborah Knaust, Dean of Student Life and Engagement, will moderate the panel. A Q&A session will be held at the end of the panel.


Student Leader Panel 

Nielsen Auditorium, Kaletsch Campus

Several student leaders will share a bit about student life on campus, their expectations, and what they wish their families had known when they started at Franklin. Dr. Deborah Knaust, Dean of Student Life and Engagement, will moderate the panel. A Q&A session will be held at the end of the panel.

16:25 to 17:00

Campus Tour

Grace Library, Kaletsch Campus

Get a feel for the Franklin campus with tours guided by current students. A walk around campus is a great opportunity to meet and connect with other families and discover all of Franklin's hidden treasures!  


President’s Reception

President’s Lawn, Kaletsch Campus

Join President Martín-Barbero for an informal reception, an occasion to officially welcome you to the Franklin Family! Get to know some of your student’s professors and members of the Franklin staff over light hors d’oeuvres and drinks.

18:30 to 20:00

Dinner – “A Taste of Switzerland”

Grotto, Kaletsch Campus

Join new students, other parents, faculty, and staff for a buffet-style dinner to taste various dishes from our region.

For questions regarding your student’s arrival or orientation, please email

To all incoming students and parents
Warning: Mobility by Train

As a result of the derailment in the Gotthard Base Tunnel on August 10, the passenger trains between Ticino and the German-speaking part of Switzerland will be diverted via the Alpine Panorama Route until further notice. Although this journey is picturesque, it will take 60 minutes longer for national traffic and 60-120 minutes longer for international traffic. Since double-deck trains cannot operate on this route, there could be fewer seats available (30% fewer seats available on the weekends and slightly reduced capacity on weekdays). 

Our community is encouraged to refer to the SBB website for detailed information and plan for longer train journeys when traveling between Ticino and the German-speaking part of Switzerland.