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Parents & Families

Parents & Families

We would like to welcome you and your student to the Penn State family!

Sending your student off to college is a big step for both of you. Think about it...your grocery bill will probably be lower on a weekly basis and you may have another room in the house for that library you've been dreaming about. Seriously though, here are three tips we have for parents and families as they see their student off to college.

  • Give your student the freedom and independence he/she needs to grow into the college experience. Your student may still be living under your roof, but now is a great time to talk about any changing rules and expectations. 
  • Help your student make his/her studies the primary focus in life when school is in session. Keep jobs, family responsibilities, and social life in a healthy balance that supports the student's educational goals. Encourage your student to consciously manage time, energy, and money.
  • Encourage your student to get to know his/her professors outside of class, to make use of all campus support personnel and services, and to get involved in a sport, or club activity on campus. These connections will help a student persist in achieving his/her educational goals.

Take a look around our website and check out all the information we have provided to answer many of your questions. We encourage you to join (View the Parents & Family Flyer) the Berks Parents & Family Association, and sign up for the Facebook group. Take a look at our newsletter (View PDF Newsletter) for recent information. If you have further questions, please don't hesitate to give us a call at 610-396-6000 or e-mail us.