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Whether your student is just beginning their life in music, or has been active for years, McNally Smith is here to support you.

Is your student considering a life in music? Visit our Admissions office to begin learning about the process of enrollment at McNally Smith, or read about Financial Aid options for McNally Smith students. You can also visit Career Services to see the many diverse paths a life in music can take.

Perhaps you are interested in the life of a McNally Smith student. Check out student life at McNally Smith by going to Student Affairs, which includes Housing & DiningStudent OrganizationsStudent Employment, Disability Services, Counseling, and more.

Parent Services can be found within the Office of Student Affairs. If you wish to receive the weekly Student Newsletter or other notifications from Student Affairs, please send an email to with your name & your student’s name. Put in the subject line: Newsletter. You can also email us or call us at 651-361-3425 with questions, comments, or concerns.


Parent & Family Orientation:

Parent & Family Orientation is offered each fall semester during the first half of the first day of New Student Orientation.

We will be hosting the 2016 Parent & Family Orientation over Labor Day weekend on Sunday, September 4.  During the orientation we will address topics of interest to parents and family members. Adult family members are encouraged to attend this orientation to familiarize themselves with the College and to learn how we support our students. While New Student Orientation is required for the students, the Parent & Family Orientation is entirely optional.

Parent & Family Orientation
Sunday, September 4, 9:00am–1:00pm

9:00-10:00 — Check-in, light refreshments, self-guided tours (Atrium)
10:00-10:30 — Welcome Students & Families (History Theatre)
10:30-12:00 — Capturing the essence of New Student Orientation and other important information (History Theatre)

  • Our community – Student safety
  • College policies — FERPA
  • Adjusting to college – Student services & support
  • Making a life in music – The Center for Creative Careers, Teaching for Tomorrow, & the current climate of the music industry

12:00-1:00 — Lunch, information tables, Q&A (Sound Bite Café)
1:00-1:30 — Meet up with your student and say your good byes

To help us to plan for the appropriate number of guests and in order for us to be able to properly serve you during orientation, we would be grateful if you could RSVP by emailing or by calling us at 651-361-3425 with the following information:

  • Your student’s name
  • Number and names of those attending
  • Accommodation/accessibility needs
  • Email address(es) you would like us to use for student newsletters & other periodic information
  • If you cannot attend, please give us your mailing address(es) and we will forward you the Parent & Family Orientation Handbook.


Metered on-street parking is available around the school at a rate of $1-$2 per hour, depending on where you park. There are also two parking ramps each within a block of the main 19 Exchange St. building:  7A Municipal Ramp at 13 W. Exchange St. and World Trade Center Ramp, 477 Cedar St.

On behalf of the Office of Student Affairs and the rest of the College, we are looking forward to connecting with you at the Parent & Family Orientation!