Parenting Tips and Suggestions

Top Ten Tips for Helping Your Student Succeed at KU

  1. Encourage your student to visit the KU Writing Center and the resources of the Academic Achievement and Access Center (AAAC).
  2. Suggest your student become involved in one of the many clubs and organizations on campus. To learn more about student involvement visit the Student Involvement & Leadership Center.
  3. Share your expectation about alcohol/drug choices. To learn more visit College Drinking Prevention.
  4. Talk to your student about finances, budgeting and credit card usage. To learn more about personal finance visit Student Money Management Services.
  5. Encourage your student to think about a career and a major. To learn more about finding a major and the many career choices visit the Advising Center.
  6. Keep the lines of communication open; yet, let them become their own problem solver. To learn more about your new role read this article.
  7. Visit your student and let him or her show you their new home.
  8. Expect your student to change while at KU. Learn more about the effect college has on a student.
  9. Remind your student about the importance of going to class and being prepared. Learn more about academic success.
  10. If you think your student needs more help than you can give long distance, remind them that successful students use campus resources, including the Counseling and Psychological Services.

Books on Parenting the College Student

Listed below are several books we recommend that are filled with useful information, helpful stories, and excellent advice. For your convenience you may special order them through Oread Books at

Letting Go: A Parents’ Guide to Understanding the College Years by Karen Coburn & Madge Treeger

You’re On Your Own (But I’m Here if You Need Me): Mentoring Your Child During the College Years by Marjorie Savage

The Naked Roommate: For Parents Only by Harlan Cohen



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