Parents and Families

Important Dates


  • Summer Sendoffs

    Events hosted by families of current students for freshmen and their parents. These events allow incoming freshmen from the same area to meet each other before coming to campus. 

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  • October 9, 2015

    Meliora Weekend

    Celebrate class reunions, family weekend, and homecoming activities with a range of programs.

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  • Parent & Family Member Orientation Program 2015 (August 25 - 26)

    A special Orientation for parents and family members of UR students will begin Tuesday, August 25th and continue through Wednesday, August 26th.  Register for this Orientation here

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Future College Commencement Dates

  • May 17, 2015
  • May 15, 2016
  • May 21, 2017
  • May 20, 2018
  • May 19, 2019
  • May 16, 2020

Commencement web page >

Suggested Readings

  • 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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Students come from all 50 states and more than 70 countries. Most undergrads live on campus for all four years of their college experience.

UR Acronyms

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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