Information for the parents of college students
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Meet the Author

College Parent Central is a website designed to support parents through the college years.

I began College Parent Central because I believe that college parents can best provide support to their sons and daughters when they understand what their students are experiencing.   Parents also need to work at preparing their children for adulthood by arming them with the skills they will need to succeed in college.

Vicki Nelson, author of College Parent Central

I am a (former) college parent myself.  I have weathered the college experience successfully with three children. (Yes, you will survive!)  I understand many of the questions, dilemmas, joys, trials, milestones, and concerns that college parents face.

I also bring to College Parent Central more than thirty-five years of experience in higher education as a college professor, academic advisor and administrator.  I work with college students, and their parents, every day.

My experiences as both the parent of college students, and as a professional in higher education, provide me with a special perspective on college students and their parents.

If you are a college parent, I’d like to support you as you navigate that delicate balance of guidance, appropriate involvement – and knowing when to get out of the way.

I hope that you will find the information provided here at our College Parent Central website, or through our workshops, helpful and thought-provoking.

Vicki Nelson