Families need to transition to college too!

by Ian Wheeler, Graduate Communications Assistant

Dear Ram Families,

While we recognize that the transition to college is a huge undertaking for students, we understand that this time can bring about lots of change or families as well. Whether you are a parent, guardian, grandparent, sibling, aunt, uncle, cousin, neighbor, or pet, here are some tips to make your transition to college a little easier.

  • Planning to help your students move into the residence halls? Moving can be a stressful task, but VCU Residential Life and Housing has an awesome guide to help make the process easier and fill you in on the do’s and don’ts of residential living.
  • Take time to talk to your students about any loose ends regarding Financial Aid or Student Accounting to ensure you can start the semester stress-free. Make sure that they have also submitted their final official high school transcript to the Office of Admissions and that Certificates of Immunization are on file with University Student Health Services.
  • Have frank conversations with your students about how and when you will communicate. Find the right balance to help your students foster independence while still keeping in touch!
  • Take advantage of VCU’s Family Weekend! Hosted by the VCU Office of New Student and Family Programs, Family Weekend is an awesome opportunity for families to get a taste of daily student life and a better for our unique campus community. It will take place from September 30 to October 2, 2016. To learn more and to view about the opportunities, please click here.
  • Don’t let Family Weekend be the only time you visit your student! Be sure to take advantage of all that Richmond has to offer. Richmond is a historic city with a great balance of urban life and small-town charm! Take your student off-campus and visit some of the city’s quirky shops, cool restaurants and unique neighborhoods.

Hopefully, these tips will help make your transition to college just as successful as your students!