Student Life

While student housing and dining at College can be a major part of your student's college experience, other aspects may also play a role in shaping their college experience. Participating in clubs and activities or studying abroad can provide great experiences for your student; being active in the College community can help your student get settled and make friends. Let UniversityParent give you up-to-date information on life on a college campus so you're ready to help your student make the most of their time at College.


Q: How should my student get involved? What should my student do outside of class?

The truth is that a college education is often as much about the experiences gained and the connections made as it is about classes and lectures. Participating in university clubs can help your student explore their interests, make great contacts, and add to their résumé. For more benefits, see the full article.

Q: What do I need to know if my student wants to study abroad?

Studying abroad can be a great experience, but it's important that you and your student choose a program carefully. Make sure that along with price and location you consider whether credits will transfer, what kind of health care is available, and what kind of support and service the organization provides. Remind your student to get started on any necessary visas as early as possible, with some countries this can take a considerable amount of time. For other travel considerations, see the full article.

Q: What does my student need to take with her to the residence halls?

UniversityParent has compiled the ultimate packing lists. Find out what to bring when living with roommates and what to discuss with roommates before your student moves in. Learn about what not to pack, and be reminded of some essentials you shouldn't forget. Follow the link to access great lists, tips and tricks to ease the headache of the big move.

Q: Should my student have a car at college?

Some universities will answer the question for you: they may not allow cars for freshmen, or may allot the limited spots to upperclassmen first. If having a car is an option, talk to your student about why they want or need a car, and about the expenses that would accompany it. For more things to consider see the full article.

Q: What are the benefits to my student of participating in Greek Life?

First, it's important to take note of the fact that Greek Life can be different at different universities or among different sororities or fraternities. Being a part of Greek Life can be a great support system for your student. Along with that, it provides opportunities for networking. Read the full article for more benefits

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