Parents of First Year Students

When your student arrives on the Pitt campus to live on their own for the first time, it is not anything like going to the next grade has been during the past 12 years. This is a major life step. As with any major life transition, it is fraught with emotion, challenges, and new and exciting possibilities. In some cases those exciting possibilities are clouded by the disorientation the separation can cause. The purpose of this section is to share information and resources that can help you teach your student how to navigate through this new world, and in turn, learn how to cope with this new found independence in a positive constructive way.

The Web-based organization, College Parent Central is an excellent resource for parents and guardians of college students. We have provided links to several excellent articles that may help with the transition (articles used with permission).