Frequently Asked Questions for Parents

01.) What events does Corban host for parents? You are welcome to visit your student any time! Just check in at the Welcome Desk in Schimmel Hall so we know you’re on campus and can make sure you have everything you need. You’re more than welcome to eat with your student in the dining hall, sit in on classes, attend chapel, and go to extracurricular events such as athletic games and concerts. In addition, you’re invited to Homecoming each fall to enjoy an event designed for students, parents, alumni, and other guests to celebrate Corban together. Food trucks, music, activities, and an athletic game have traditionally been a part of this event. Be sure to check the Corban Events Calendar to take note of Homecoming and other special events.

02.) Where can I find the academic calendar (last day to drop classes, spring break, etc.)? You can view the Academic Calendar here, or through the Registrar’s page, where you’ll find additional resources about courses, transcript requests, student support, and more!

03.) Who should I call if I have a concern? We recommend checking Corban’s directory to find the office that will most likely be able to answer your question. Commonly sought departments include:

keep in mind that Corban University adheres to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA, and may not be able to disclose specific information about your student’s grades, class attendance, or other protected information under FERPA. We encourage you to communicate directly with your student for this kind of information.

04.) Can I change my student’s meal plan mid-semester? Once registration closes, you’ll be unable to change your meal plan. (See the Academic Calendar for registration deadlines.) All meal plans automatically renew at the start of the Spring semester unless you communicate your desired changes before the close of Spring registration. Learn more about meal plans here.

05.) Are students required to live on campus? We believe being closely integrated with the Corban community is important for spiritual, social, and emotional growth. The vibrant Corban community is one of the richest blessings your student will experience here. For this reason, freshmen and sophomore students are required to live on campus. Once they achieve junior status or above, they may choose to move off campus. We do make exceptions for freshmen and sophomores who are planning to live with their parents or other family in the Salem area.

06.) How do I send a care package to my student? Our on-campus mailroom makes it convenient for students to receive mail from home. Simply address your packages with the following:

  • First and Last Name
  • 5000 Deer Park Dr. SE
  • Salem, OR 97317

Here are a few of our favorite ideas for meaningful care packages for your student:

  • Homemade cookies or other non-perishable treats
  • Handwritten notes from you
  • Non-perishable packaged snacks like beef jerky, salted nuts, etc.
  • Small accents for their dorm room—string lights with command strips, non-aerosol air fresheners, picture frames, mugs, and decorative blankets
  • School supplies such as notebooks, pens, and flashcards
  • Non-liquid toiletries
  • Gift cards to WinCo, Walmart, Target, gas stations, coffee shops, and restaurants

07.) How can I stay better connected with news and events on campus? We invite you to see what our students are up to via the following:

08.) Will tuition go up next year? The cost of tuition and fees for 2020-21 is $34,188 (both fall and spring), and room and board is $10,470 with our most popular meal plan. The decision to increase tuition is made on a year-by-year basis, with a typical yearly increase of approximately 3%.

09.) Where do I go to pay my student’s tuition? Depending on the plan you establish with Financial Services, you have the option to pay tuition in lump sums each semester, or on a monthly payment plan. Learn more about setting up a payment plan, or go directly to to make a payment.

10.) What kinds of study abroad opportunities will my student have? Corban offers a wide variety of study-abroad opportunities, from Oxford to Uganda to a semester at Washington, D.C. Learn more about study abroad programs.

11.) Are there resources for parents in Spanish? While Corban currently doesn’t publish information in Spanish, we do have Admissions representatives who are fluent in Spanish and would love to answer your questions. Call us at (800) 845-3005 or email You may also want to check out some of CollegeBoard’s helpful Spanish language handouts about navigating the college process.

12.) What should I do if my student is struggling in a class? Because of FERPA regulations, Corban may be unable to discuss a student’s progress in a class with you. However, we highly encourage you to reach out to your student directly if you’re concerned. Here are just a few tips we’ve learned from parents over the years:

  • Accept that the transition to college may be a challenge for some students, and that the first semester will be a period of adjustment. Students are being asked to take greater responsibility for their education, and might make a few mistakes along the way as they learn valuable life lessons about time management and healthy study habits. Sometimes the best thing you can do for your student is allow them to enter a period of struggle as they learn these crucial habits.
  • Direct students toward on-campus services that can help them. Our Student Support office will provide tutors and other accommodations for students who are struggling in specific classes. If your student is struggling because of factors beyond academic difficulty, such as depression, anxiety, or excessive stress, you’re welcome to remind them that Corban provides free counseling services on campus. This is a safe, welcoming place for students to process difficult experiences and gain tools to help them become healthy and resilient adults.
  • Encourage your student to self-advocate. If a student is struggling in a particular class, encourage your student to reach out to their professor to express their concerns, ask for extra help, or clarify the way assignments are graded. Our faculty are happy to help students understand the material and expectations—which may vary from class to class.

Do you have additional questions that aren’t addressed here? Feel free to reach out to us at, and we’ll respond to your question (and possibly even add it to our FAQ!)