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Important Dates

  • Final ExamsDecember 16–December 21
  • Winter BreakDecember 21–January 15
  • Spring Classes BeginJanuary 16
  • Martin Luther King Day observed (no classes)January 21
  • Spring BreakMarch 9–March 17
  • Classes ResumeMarch 18
  • Last day to declare S/F or withdraw from coursesApril 10
  • Classes EndMay 1

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December 2018

What do you think about the communication between you and your student?

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Future College Commencement Dates

  • May 19, 2019
  • May 16, 2020
  • May 16, 2021

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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 student with her parents in front of University of Rochester sign

Feature Story

Graduates share messages to honor parents, families

Each year, the Office of Parent and Family Relations invites seniors to pen a note to honor their parents and families. We share a small sampling of messages from the Class of 2018 here.

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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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Parent & Family Relations is a unit of the Office of the Dean of Students.