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Our parent guide for freshman year

We were so thrilled to have our Guide to Supporting Your Student’s Freshman Year reviewed on Grown & Flown, one of our very favorite parenting blogs. Thank you, Mary Dell and Lisa!

Read the Grown & Flown review.

If you have a student heading to college for the first time this fall, you are in the middle of an eventful, emotional, sometimes confusing summer. The UniversityParent Guide to Supporting Your Student’s Freshman Year has answers to your questions and tips for making the smoothest possible transition. Here’s what Grown & Flown has to say about our Guide:

“This is just the kind of playbook we could use when we are getting ready to send our kids to college. The Guide is a chronological road map (think What to Expect When You’re Expecting for 18 year olds; there is even a chapter entitled “What to Expect at Orientation”) that will help any parent through both the profound and the mundane. The Guide looks at how our relationship with our kids evolves as they leave home and how to help them if they need us in this new phase. But this is also a book full of ‘how to’ that will help parents with everything from a move-in day checklist through the search for off-campus housing for sophomore year.”

The UniversityParent Guide to Supporting Your Student’s Freshman Year is available from for Kindle and in spiral-bound.




Find more tips and support for parenting during the high school and college years on our website and by signing up for our eNewsletters (High School Parent eNews, College Parent eNews). Here is a sampling of articles — the information parents are searching for right now!

College Parents

Budget basics: Create a spending plan

up-spring-growing crManaging money is one of the many lessons students learn during their college years. Help your student learn to budget: Read this step-by-step guide together.

The Ultimate College Packing Guide

up-student-employer-interview crIs your student ready for move-in day? Deciding what to pack (and what not to pack) can be difficult. Do you need help? Check out our printable packing list.

High School Parents

Six steps to a great college search

up-universitysign-books-apple crSifting through potential colleges can be stressful, especially without a game plan. Build a college search strategy centered around the aspects that really matter.

10 campus tour tips for parents

up-students-testing-classroom cr10 easy ways to make the most of your campus visits — and have fun with your student along the way. Don’t miss this valuable advice from fellow parents and students.

Write a great college admission essay

up-fafsa-screenshot crThe admissions essay is one of the best ways for your student to show what makes them unique, and a perfect fit for the university. Check out this DIY essay-writing workshop. 

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