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New Student Orientation

Tips for Parents

​Before you leave home:

What to bring to orientation:

  • Layers (for temperature variations between the outdoors and indoors).
  • Walking shoes for campus tours in the afternoon.
  • An umbrella (for those mid-afternoon pop-up showers).

Basic topics for parents and families:

Your student will be going through significant changes during his/her freshman year of college, and each student and family experiences will be different.

  • It is important for a parent or family member to have some direct conversations about lifestyle choices and social issues.
  • Urge your student to access university support services as needed.
  • Encourage your student to develop a greater level of independence.
  • Educate your student to develop financial responsibility.
  • Stay in touch, but not too much. It is important for more than one member of the family to communicate with the student via phone, e-mail, and/or text.
  • Encourage your student to get involved on campus.

Some key questions to ask your student might include:

  • How are your classes going?
  • Do you have enough money to put gas in your car?
  • Are you eating enough?
  • How do you and your roommate get along?
  • What do you like to do when your aren't in class?
  • What's your favorite class?
  • Who's your favorite professor?
  • What do you like most about college?
  • What has been the hardest part about college?
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