Tips for Parents/Families

There are some essential steps that parents and families can take to ensure that their student makes a smooth transition to college.

  • First, be sure to attend MSU’s Parent Orientation Program to become knowledgeable about the resources/services available to your student since parent/family support is fundamental to the academic success of college students.
  • Encourage your student to make copies of all important paperwork and make sure to write down the name, department, date and comments of the person they speak to when contacting departments on campus with questions.
  • Familiarize yourself with the college process and what to expect. By learning about campus resources you will be able to become more knowledgeable with what your student is experiencing.
  • Lastly, be patient with one another, especially since this is a learning experience for everyone (both you and your student). You will be learning about this transition process together!
  • Stay involved and be supportive of this transitional moment for your student; it helps to learn about the process together. Familiarize yourself with the helpful links above to learn more about the resources available.

Even if your student is only a few miles from home, they will likely have to devote more time to their life in college; however, this does not mean that they will lose family values. It is through your support and guidance that your student was able to make it through high school and open up a new chapter of their life here at MSU. As you continue to support and encourage your student, they will feel more confident, more informed about campus resources, and surely discover a greater sense of belonging and community. Being a first generation college student is a point of pride. You can take great joy in knowing that your student’s accomplishments are also your shared accomplishments and legacy!


For many low-income students, the support they need can be much simpler in nature than one might imagine. Check out this video to learn how First-Generation College Students Face Additional Struggles!