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First Year Experience

First Year Experience

Parents/Family

Recommended reading

This recommended reading list features books we have read and that we believe may be helpful to you.

  • Don’t Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money: The Essential Parenting Guide to the College Years by Helen E. Johnson and Christine Schelhas-Miller
    This book takes a case study approach to issues facing families and college students. It provides suggestions on how to frame responses and questions to your student most effectively and gives insights into how your student might be thinking about their experiences in college.
  • Getting Ready for College by Polly Berent
    Written specifically for students, this informative, easy-to-read book highlights practical tips and sound methods for smoothing the transition from high school to college. This book covers topics such as clothes and laundry, managing money, how to adjust to a college social life, and tips on computers and phoning long distance.
  • Helping Your First-Year College Student Succeed: A Guide for Parents by Richard H. Mullendore and Cathie Hatch
    Parents may be the most powerful untapped resource for helping new students make the transition to college. This guide, published jointly by the National Orientation Directors Association and the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, offers practical advice on how parents can help their students make a successful transition to college.

Additional Books

  • A New Beginning: A Survival Guide for Parents of College Freshmen by Kaye B. McGary
  • Almost Grown: Launching Your Child from High School to College by Patricia Pasick
  • Millennials Rising: The Next Great Generation by Neil Howe and William Strauss
  • The Truth About College: 50 Lessons for Parents Before They Start Writing Checks by Will Keim
  • When Your Kid Goes to College: A Parent’s Survival Guideby Carol Barkin
  • When Kids Go to College: A Parents Guide to Changing Relationships by Barbara Newman and Philip Newman
  • You’re on Your Own (But I’m Here if You Need Me) by Marjorie Savage