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Ensuring our parent community feels informed, valued, and respected

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Important Dates

  • Fall Classes EndDecember 8
  • Spring Classes BeginJanuary 12

Monthly Poll

January 2022

How do you feel when you notice changes in your student's core values?

Choose your answer >

Future College Commencement Dates

  • May 13, 2022
  • May 14, 2023

Commencement web page >

* A livestream of the University's Commencement ceremony also will be available for those who can not join in-person.

Suggested Readings

51 Tips for Parents of College Students by Alan Farber and Linda O'Brien

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Getting Ready for College; Everything You Need to Know Before You Go - From Bike Locks to Laundry Baskets, Financial Aid to Health Care by Polly Berent.

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Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger.

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Don't Tell Me what to Do, Just Send Money by Helen Johnson and Christine Schelhaus-Miller.

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You're On Your Own (But I'm Here if You Need Me): Mentoring Your Child During the College Years by Marjorie Savage.

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Empty Nest...Full Heart: The Journey from Home to College by Andrea Van Steenhouse.

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Getting Through College Without Going Broke: A Crash Course on Finding Money for College and Making it Last by Students Helping Students.

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A candid photo of a senior in a cap and gown looking out at the Eastman Quad from Rush Rhees library.


Congrats Grad!

The deadline for submissions was May 7th. Submissions are no longer being accepted.

We invite families to submit messages recognizing graduating seniors for their accomplishments and hard work. These messages will be shared during the College commencement ceremonies so that you can be a special part of your student's big day. Messages should be 50 words or less. You are welcome to submit all or part of your message in your native language(s).

Family Traditions

Featured Initiative

Celebrate and connect by sharing your Family Traditions 

Read more about the project here


Students come from all 50 states and more than 130 countries. Most undergrads live on campus for all four years of their college experience.

UR Acronyms & Abbreviations

At the University of Rochester names of departments, offices, programs, and more are commonly referenced by an acronym or abbreviation, rather than their full name. We recognize that this might pose confusion for parents, families, new students, or other individuals not familiar with the University. View a list of our most commonly used acronyms and abbreviations with links to respective web pages for more information.

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Virtual Town Hall for Students and Families

Video and transcript available from the July 22, 2020 Virtual Town Hall for Students and Families.  University Leaders addressed questions about quarantine, financial aid concerns, online learning, and more.  The Zoom session focused on information specific to undergraduate students (River Campus and Eastman School of Music) and their families. View a video recording with captions or download the PDF of the full transcript.  

Do you have thoughts on ways we can improve our communication with you? Please let us know.
Parent & Family Relations is a unit of the Office of the Dean of Students.