How Parents Can Help Their Student Transition into College

​The transition from high school to college can be challenging, but there are many ways parents can help. Below are some ideas for parents to show their support.

Before the start of the first semester

  • Let your student know how proud you are that he or she is going to college.
    • Show them that you are behind them the whole way. They will never be too old or too grown up to appreciate your support.
  • Make sure your student has gotten a meningitis vaccine.
  • Remind your student that he or she must take the TSI (Texas Success Initiative) Assessment prior to registration.
  • Make sure your student registers for and attends New Student Orientation.
    • Each campus hosts a required orientation for all new students. For Dallas College campus, orientation for new students is mandatory.
    • After attending orientation, ask your student questions about orientation:
      • What did they learn?
      • Who did they meet? Did they make any new friends or see any old ones?
      • Did they tour the campus?
      • Did they meet with an advisor and register for classes? What classes?
    • Orientation is an important part of transitioning into college successfully.
  • Try to attend New Student Orientation with your student.
    • Most colleges have special programs for parents. This is a great way to show your support and learn more about the college your student is attending.
  • Keep asking questions through the summer:
    • Ask if your student has the needed books.
    • Ask if he or she has planned for transportation.
    • College students usually need few school supplies, but you can ask if they have basic items like pens, pencils and notebooks.
    • There are no uniforms for college and the dress code is casual, but your student may still want to go back-to-school shopping just like they did in high school.

After School Starts

  • Talk to your student about what they want to study and their career plans.
    • Help them decide what profession they want to go into by asking about their major choice and what they will do with the classes. Give them the benefit of what you have learned in your own career.
  • Ask questions about how your student feels about college.
    • Your student may be nervous, excited or worried. Talk to your student about his or her emotions. You don’t have to have all the answers, just listen and show your concern.
    • You are welcome to contact your student’s Success Coach at 972-669-6400 if you have questions. While we are unable to discuss your student’s records with you, we are happy to help with any general questions or concerns.
  • When school starts, keep asking questions:
    • Ask about your student’s classes and instructors.
      • Ask what they are studying.
      • Encourage your student to make new friends and get involved in campus clubs and activities.

Even as your student transitions into college and adulthood, you as the parent will always have a special place in his or her life. They still need your support. You can help your student have a happy and successful college experience.