Resources for Parents & Families
Choosing a college or university is a very exciting and important process -- for both students and family members. We know that parents and family members play an integral role in the college search process -- as mentors, motivators, supporters, and more.
We believe that a strong partnership between students and their family members is one of the essential ingredients to success and happiness when it comes to choosing a college. This process can be both a stressful and intimidating process, whether this is your first time or your tenth! We encourage you to take an active role in your child's college search process: visit campuses with your student, attend open houses and college fairs, ask questions, but most of all, listen to what your student is looking for and help them weigh all the options in front of them.
We're here to help you and your student navigate the process and ultimately find the right fit for both you and your student. Feel free to contact us with any questions.
Ways To Help Your Student
There are plenty of ways that you can be involved in your student's college search. But, remember, it is ultimately about where they feel most comfortable.
Help gather information
- The first step in the search process is to gather as much information as possible about various schools. Visit their websites to learn about academics, student life, specialized learning opportunities and other information important to your student.
- Sign up for mailing lists so that you can get information sent directly to you.
- Find out about college fairs in your area or contact your student's school counselor to find out what schools will be visiting.
- Know important dates and deadlines. Application deadlines aren't the only thing you need to be aware of. Be cognizant of financial aid and scholarship deadlines. Our Financial Aid Office will assist you with filing your FAFSA. Also, find out when SAT and ACT exams are being offered, as well as when the registration deadlines are for those.
Visit campuses together
- You can get a lot of information from college websites and by talking with admissions representatives at college fairs, but nothing beats a campus visit! It is the best way to get a feel for the college and see the facilities that your student will be using daily. Take a look at our calendar to see our visit opportunities.
Be a support system
- The best way to be involved in the college search process is to be a support system for your student. This is a long, complex process that can be exciting, intimidating and even frustrating. Being supportive and available is the best thing you can do.
- Ask questions. When you visit a college, be sure to ask questions. Your student may be too shy or intimidated to ask questions themselves -- or they may not think of them. So, don't be afraid to ask the important questions if your student isn't.
- Ask questions... of your student, too. Asking questions of us isn't the only important part. Also ask questions of your student: What academic programs interest him/her? How far away from home does he/she feel comfortable? What is the most important thing he/she is looking for in a college? Knowing the answers to these types of questions will help you both narrow your search and find a great fit!
- Remind them of important dates and information. There are a ton of dates and deadlines to be aware of and remember. Your student may not be able to do it all on their own. So, don't be afraid to remind them of upcoming deadlines, registration dates and more.
- Listen to what they want. Though you are an important part of the process, it ultimately comes down to finding the right fit for the student. So, listen to what they want and then help them to find that fit.