College Parent News and Views

The more that college parents know and understand about the college experience, the less we worry and the better we will be able to help our students to succeed and thrive throughout their college career.  However, there is an overwhelming amount of information out there on the web.   We’d like to help you find some of the information that might be most interesting and useful to you as a college parent.

In News and Views we share recent college related news and sources we’ve found as we do our research.  We hope that this feature will help to introduce you to new ideas and to help you keep up with some of the current issues that may affect your college student — and you.

We invite you to read some of the articles suggested below — and to let us know what you think of some of the ideas included here.

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Do You Recognize Us?

Welcome to the NEW College Parent Central!  After almost nine years, the College Parent Central website was due for a facelift.  We’ve been working hard behind the scenes for months, and we’re proud to finally introduce our new look to the world!

What’s new?

What you’ll notice on the new site is more breathing room, easier reading, and more visuals (sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.) You’ll also notice new ways of navigating around the site — tabs at the top and some refreshed categories.  If you’re looking at our site on a phone or tablet, you’ll also find the new College Parent Central more mobile friendly.

If you’re investigating College Parent Central for the first time, we hope you’ll find it easier to find what you need — whether your identity is that of a future college parent, a new college parent, or a parent with a student who is struggling. We hope you’ll browse the articles on the site through the categories, but you’ll also find more information and guidance on the Portal pages for each parent identity.

We’ve also expanded our Resources section to help you find additional information and ways to support your student.

What hasn’t changed?

What hasn’t changed is College Parent Central’s commitment to bringing you the best information we can to help you understand your role as a college parent and to help you support your high school or college student to succeed.

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Tis the Season! 18 Holiday Gifts for Your College Student — 2017

It’s that time of year again.  Black Friday. Small Business Saturday. Cyber Monday.  We’re thinking about family and friends and we’re thinking about gifts.  If you have a college student, or an about-to-be college student, you may be searching for some ideas for useful or fun gifts.

You know your student best, and can tap into interests and needs, but we’d like to offer some suggestions that may stimulate your imagination. We have some new suggestions for 2017, but we’ve offered some suggestions in the past.  Don’t stop with this post! Check out our category  Gifts, Books, and Reviews for nearly 75 additional suggestions.

Check out our ideas, and then let your own creativity take over!  If you have additional suggestions, feel free to share them in the comments!

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When Your Student Can’t Get Home for Thanksgiving

It’s almost Thanksgiving Break. Students all across the country are preparing to head home for some rest, home cooked meals, and a bit of family time. Parents all across the country are anticipating, bracing themselves, and reading the many articles about what to expect when their student comes home for this important first visit.

But there are some students, and their families, for whom this Thanksgiving will be different. Perhaps your student is attending school too far away to get home for this relatively short break. Perhaps your student can’t afford the costs of travel. Perhaps your student has a job or other commitments that will keep them on campus for this holiday or is an athlete who needs to remain to play an important game.

It may be a difficult time for all of you.

What can parents do?

If your student is one of the many students who won’t be heading home this Thanksgiving, here are a few suggestions to keep in mind:

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