Attending college is a life-changing experience, both for the student and their family. As the family member of an incoming first-year or transfer student, you probably have many questions, including how to navigate campus, pay tuition and stay on top of campus calendars and policies. You may also be thinking about how this new transition will affect your relationship with your student, and how to provide the support they need in an effective but appropriate way.

Suffolk University is here to help, and we provide a variety of ways for parents to connect with our community, and begin to understand the role of family in the college experience. The Office of Orientation & New Student Programs encourages all family members of incoming undergraduates to attend Orientation, which will introduce you to the many resources and programs available to you.

For parents who wish to reflect further on what it means to send a child to college, we recommend the following:

You're On Your Own: But I'm Here if You Need Me by Marjorie Savage (2003).

I'll Miss You Too: An Off-to-College Guide for Parents and Students: What Will Change, What Will Not, and How We'll Stay Connected by Margo E. Woodacre and Steffany Bane (2006)

Almost Grown: Launching Your Child From High School to College by Patricia Pasick (1998)

When Your Kid Goes to College: A Parent's Survival Guide by Carol Barkin (1999)

Letting Go: A Parent's Guide to Understanding the College Years by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger (2003)

Don't Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money by Helen E. Johnson and Christine Schelhas-Miller (2000)

A Parent's Guide to Sex, Drugs, and Flunking Out: Answers to the Questions Your College Student Doesn't Want You to Ask by Joel Epstein (2001)

Please visit the Publications and Resources page for more details on these titles and other texts you may find informative.

Helpful Links for First Year Families

General Support:
Counseling, Health & Wellness
Student Affairs

Academic & Career:
Center for Learning & Academic Success
Career Development Center
Undergraduate Academic Advising Center

Student Financial Services

Housing & Food:
Residence Life & Housing
Off-Campus Housing

Maps and Directions to Suffolk University
Local Area Hotels
Parking Facilities