We at RIT know the important role parents and family members play in their student's life. You will be a major support to your student -- not just during their transition to RIT this summer, but throughout their entire college experience!
While college is a time for students to gain independence, this transition can be overwhelming and they will need your support. Reminders and assistance from you will be helpful as your student begins to navigate campus on their own.
The Parent and Family Programs office is here to support you during this transition and beyond. Please connect with our resources and reach out with any questions along the way.
Make sure that you receive the most up-to-date information delivered directly to your inbox, by asking your student to verify your email address at rit.edu/studentcontact.
Participate in the Tiger Resource Series webinars with your student on Tuesday evenings 7-8 p.m. EST. You will also have an opportunity to connect with fellow new RIT families on Thursday evenings 7-8 p.m. EST during Tiger Resource Series: Tiger Parent Talks. Check out the Orientation Calendar to view virtual engagement opportunities and register for events.
August 15-17*: RIT Move-In
August 15-18*: Family Orientation 2021
August 15-22*: New Student Orientation
*Family Orientation programming will begin the evening of your student’s scheduled move-in day and will continue the following day until 2 p.m. Students will have the ability to select their move-in day in July. Student Orientation will also begin on the evening of their scheduled move-in day and will continue until classes begin on Monday, Aug. 23.
RIT is proud of the way our community has rallied together in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We firmly believe that our success thus far is a result of an individual commitment made by each and every member of our RIT family – a promise to take safety as a personal responsibility.
Important COVID-19 updates and pre-arrival requirements will be sent to you and your student via email throughout the summer. You should also familiarize yourself with the RIT Ready website – your central resource for all information related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the RIT Safety Plan, student requirements, information, and past COVID-19 communications.
College Ready: Expert Advice for Parents to Simplify the College Transitionedited by Chelsea Petree
Description The first year of college is full of excitement and uncertainty. And this fall brings additional challenges and stress. College Ready provides practical guidance on what should be done during the summer and the first semester. Chapters address top-of-mind concerns including packing, money, staying connected, promoting responsible independence, and supporting academic success.
Chapters are accompanied by conversation starters to empower parents to guide their student. A comprehensive checklist helps families and students stay on top of summer to-dos. Each chapter is written by a university official who works with parents to enhance student success at the collegiate level.
Get your copy! A digital copy of College Ready will be available to all incoming RIT parents for FREE in early June; please watch future Family Orientation Newsletters and the registration page linked below for information on how to get your free copy. Hard copies will be available for purchase on Amazon by June 9.
You’re on Your Own (But I’m Here if You Need Me)by Marjorie Savage
Description Today, parents of college kids have a tougher time than ever. With the high cost of a college education, new careers emerging while whole occupational fields disappear, and increasing options related to technology, many parents feel pressure to stay connected to their kids but they also need to know when to let go.
This book helps parents identify those boundaries between appropriate involvement and respect for their child’s independence. It offers advice on a wide range of issues, including:
How to cope with mood changes in the months before move-in day
How freshman gain fifteen pounds when all they do is complain about the food
Responsible use of new technology on campus
The impact of social media that have opened new communication forums but also introduced new safety concerns
Get your copy! You can purchase this book on Amazon.
Find information about being an RIT parent with the following Parent and Family Programs resources:
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