MParents: Parenting a College Student

Parenting a College Student

The beginning of a college career marks many changes in students and their relationships with family and friends. It can also mean changes in beliefs, values, behaviors, and attitudes. The University believes that parents and family members provide a crucial support base for the new experiences of their student. Understanding and adjusting to these changes is an exciting challenge for both students and parents. We hope information provided in this section will help you prepare for, and adjust to, these changes.

What does it mean to be the parent of a college student? Parents play a vital role in the lives of college bound students. In fact, many students still count on their parents to remain a steady and stable source of support and guidance. Parents can serve as mentors, offering advice and encouragement, while also promoting independence, autonomy, and responsibility.

Parents, particularly if they have information about university procedures and services, can be very helpful in making suggestions as to how a student may handle a problem or dilemma he or she experiences while on campus.