Sending your student off to college is a big step in any parent’s life. Some of the following information may help you ease into this transition.

Students should stay on campus. College life is an adjustment for most students. We highly recommend that your student be encouraged to stay on campus for most weekends (rather than returning home). Campus life offers many opportunities to meet new people and experience campus life, which helps students adjust!

Students can join clubs. Iowa State and the Department of Kinesiology offer many opportunities that promote personal and professional growth. We have several departmental student clubs, and there are more than 500 ISU organizations that students can get involved in.

The Parents Advisory Line is 800-773-8546. The Parents Advisory Line (PAL) can connect you with a variety of offices on campus that can answer your questions and provide you with information.

Academic advisers can provide information. Be sure you know the name and contact information for your student’s academic adviser. The adviser can be a helpful resource for information. However, keep in mind your student’s right to privacy is guaranteed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). More information can be found on the ISU website.

Parents should stay in contact. Be sure to stay in frequent contact with your student as he or she adjust to college life. It is an exciting time, full of personal growth and exploration. Knowing that you are interested in what they are doing and what they are learning is important to them whether they demonstrate that to you or not.

Studying. Faculty expect your student to study 2 hours outside of class for every hour spent in the classroom. For example, for each 3-hour class, a student should spend an additional 6 hours of study outside of this class.

Requesting academic assistance. It is expected that a student will take responsibility for his or her learning. If faculty assistance is needed, the student should contact the faculty member and request a time to meet during the faculty’s office hours. If tutoring or extra assistance with time management or study skills is needed, the student should contact his or her academic adviser to discuss what resources are available.

Orientation. An orientation course is offered by Kinesiology (Ex Sp 253) which acquaints the student with campus resources, facilities, and services available to help find answers to questions or work through a variety of academic and/or personal issues.

Advisers. The Kinesiology advising staff are full-time employees who are there to assist students with class scheduling and career and professional development and to help them analyze situations and become independent and functioning members of the campus community.

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