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Parent Advice and Involvement

Advice for Parents

A Resource for Parents of College Students

University of Minnesota Parent Program Director Marjorie Savage offers realistic advice for parents of college students in the revised and updated version of You're On Your Own (But I'm Here If You Need Me).

This one-of-a-kind-guide provides anecdotes and suggestions from experienced parents and college staffs all over the country. The book addresses issues such as why students complain about the food but still manage to gain fifteen pounds their first year, how to teach basic financial responsibility, and what to do when a child comes home with a nose ring. Learn strategies and tips for creating a loving, supportive partnership responsive to the needs of both parents and students.

It is available through the University Bookstores or phone 1-800-551-U of M.

Health and Safety Topics

Advice and information related to alcohol, relationships, sexuality, and sexual activity, and talking to your student about sensitive issues.

Read about Health and Safety >

Scouting Out a Roommate

Using Facebook to find a roommate seems like a quick and easy way to assess how much or little two people will get along, but it is important to remember not to jump to conclusions.

Read more about social networking and the search for a roommate >

Voices of Experience

On behalf of parents of students who will be starting at the University of Minnesota next fall, we asked parents of current students what advice they would give.

Read the Voices of Experience >

Every Parent Should...

Parents of current students were asked to complete the following statements as advice for parents who have new students:

Every parent should know...
Every parent should have...
Every parent should be...

Read Every Parent Should >

Vocabulary for Parents

How to understand the lingo of U of M students

A vocabulary list for parents, divided by subject area, that explains some common abbreviations, University terms, and slang.

See Vocabulary for parents >

Desired Outcomes for Parent/Family Involvement

The University Parent Program, in collaboration with offices and departments throughout campus, works with parents to help them understand the student experience, support student learning, and empower students to take personal responsibility for their social and academic choices.

Learn more about the Parent Program >

Boomerang Families

It has become increasingly common for young adults to move back home with mom and dad after graduating from college.

Take a closer look at this so-called Boomerang phenomenon >


Parent Involvement Opportunities

Parent-Student Service-Learning Opportunities

Travel with your student in 2015 as part of this unique opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others. Work with families in Antigua, Guatemala for one week of service learning.

Find out more >

Minnesota Parents Association

University of Minnesota parents support the University through membership in the Minnesota Parents Association, a joint collaboration with the University of Minnesota Alumni Association.

Find out more about the Minnesota Parents Association >

University Parent Fund

The University Parent Fund was initiated in 2003 with a donation from a parent who was grateful for support provided to her by the Parent Program office. We are currently seeking donations to support mental health initiatives to help students reduce and cope with stress.

Find out more about the University Parent Fund >

Articles of Interest

Troubleshooting guide

Walking the fine line: When does parent involvement become parent interference?

Taking risks: Students say it's how they learn their limits

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