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The First Year For Parents

First Year Experience

Sending a child to college is a life-changing experience, both for children and their parents.  Parents of incoming freshmen and transfer students have multiple questions, from the mundane details of navigating the campus and how and when to pay bills to the profound questions of what will become of my child and have I done all I can as a parent?


Boston College provides a variety of offerings for parents to help address these questions, great and small.  The Office of First Year Experience encourages all parents and guardians of incoming undergraduates to attend Orientation which will introduce parents and guardians to the many resources of Boston College and to one another. 


For parents who wish to reflect further on what it means to send a child to college, we recommend the following:

  • Letting Go: A Parents’ Guide to Understanding the College Years by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence

  • The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids by Madeline Levine

  • Why are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: A Pyschologist Explains the Development of Racial Identity by Beverly Daniel Tatum

  • Making the Most of College: Students Speak Their Minds by Richard Light