Student and family posing near Student Services Building
Advice for Parents of New College Students

  1. Realize the academic challenges are much different than high school
  2. It’s okay for your student to go into college on a singular path and change their mind along the way
  3. Encourage them to get to know their professors and attend office hours
  4. Set expectations early
  5. Talk about a communication plan
  6. Don’t encourage them to come home every weekend
  7. Know that your student will be busy
  8. Send care packages
  9. Don’t rush in to solve their problems
  10. Encourage them to get involved and use the resources on campus
  11. Ask open ended questions
  12. Make plans to visit (but not too often)