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Ten Ways Parents of College Students Can Use the College Website


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As a parent of a college student, you are using the college website to gather information, and to have a sense of the place where your child will be spending significant time during the coming years. …

As a parent of a college student, you are using the college website to gather information, and to have a sense of the place where your child will be spending significant time during the coming years. The following are ten suggestions for parents on how to look at the college website to gather the most information.

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  • 1. Ten Ways Parents of CollegeStudents Can Use the CollegeWebsite Don’t go to College without us….
  • 2. Ten Ways Parents Can Use the College WebsiteWhen your son or daughter was in the midst of the searchprocess for college, chances are that he or she(and possibly you) spent countless hours poring over collegewebsites. College websites have become an extremely importantadmissions tool.Once your child heads to college, you should begin to look at thecollege’s website differently. As a parent of a college student,you’re no longer looking at a website to evaluate the institution, butusing it to gather information, and to have a sense of the placewhere your child will be spending significant time during the comingyears.Use this tool to it fullest advantage. Spend time browsing the site,look beyond the “For Parents” section. Enter the site through the“Current Students” portal as well as the “For Parents” area.The following are ten suggestions for parents on how to look at thecollege website to gather the most information.
  • 3. 1. Look at the Pictures.Spend some time browsing the website tolook at the pictures of the students. Thiswill give you a sense of the students at thecollege and the activities in which theyare engaged.Yes, colleges do put their “best footforward” on the sites, but you will certainlyget a feel for the institution. Who knows,you may even spot your own son ordaughter!
  • 4. 2. Explore the college catalogue.Many colleges now post their collegecatalogue on line. (Some institutionsnow only post their catalogue on line.)The college catalogue has almost all of the importantinformation a student needs to know. In addition tocourse descriptions and major requirements, thecatalogue will tell you college policies, procedures,deadlines, special programs, contact information,graduation requirements, and much, much more.Remember, the more you know, the more you can directyour student toward important information.
  • 5. 3. Check out the “For Parents” section.Although you may not want to limityourself to looking at the “ForParents” section of the website,don’t overlook it.In addition to Parent or FamilyWeekend information and localhotel and/or restaurant information,you may learn about orientations, e-mail sign-ups, parent associations,even local parent groups in yourarea.Definitely take advantage ofinformation available here. It is oneway in which the college can reachout to you as a parent.
  • 6. 4. Check the Calendar.One of the advantages of an on-line calendar,is that it doesn’t go out of date once it is printed.Most colleges work hard to keep their on-line calendarcurrent. Check the calendar for important dates,deadlines, and events.End of semester dates are especially important if youneed to make travel or other arrangements for yourstudent. Be sure to check the final exam schedule aswell as the last day of class dates.
  • 7. 5. Explore upcoming campus events.Checking out the events coming up on campus will giveyou a sense of campus life. It may also give yousomething interesting to talk about with your student. Askhim if he is planning to attend an event. Ask how it was.Encourage him to take advantage of the opportunitiesavailable on campus.
  • 8. 6. Look for important contact information. Keeping in mind that you should only be contacting offices at the college as a last resort, the website can be a source of information about who to contact, and how to contact them, if you need help. As you encourage your college student to take responsibility and deal with any issues, you may be able to help him by steering him to the correct person.
  • 9. 7. Spend some time with the campus map. Looking at the campus map will give you a better sense of the college and will help you to visualize your college student’s life and routine.Find her residence hall on themap. Look for the student centerand major classroom buildings. Tryto imagine her getting aroundcampus.The more closely we can imaginethe daily routine of our students, themore comfortable we become withit.
  • 10. 8. Check out campus life activities.This is another way to visualize your student’s routine, and totalk to him about things happening on campus.Look at the student life area for clubs and organizations,events, off-campus trips sponsored by the school.Look to see if the student newspaper is available on-line orwhether a radio station might be streamed on the internet.Check out athletics schedules and major games ormatches.
  • 11. 9. Look to see what academic support might be available to your student.If your student is struggling or hasacademic questions, there isprobably plenty of help available atthe school.If you understand what is availableyou can do more to encourage himto explore his options.What services does the libraryoffer? Is there a tutoringcenter? Are advisors available tohelp students?
  • 12. 10. Look at housing information. Check carefully for housing deadlines in the spring, including the deadlines for housing deposits. Look at the different housing options so you’ll be informed as your student talks about his living arrangements. Colleges are using their websites to post more and more information. Take advantage of the amount of information they are sharing. Have fun imagining your student at college as you check out the website.Article brought to you by Vicki Nelson. Read the complete article here.
  • 13. You have questions, we have answers! College Parents of America and get more tips and advice on: What is my role as a college parent; How should I communicate with my college student; How to avoid becoming a helicopter parent; and Much More…For more information, please contact us the following ways: 888-761-6702