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Ensuring our parent community feels informed, valued, and respected

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Important Dates

  • Spring classes beginFebruary 1
  • Last day to declare S/F for courses for Fall 2020March 1
  • Study Break DayMarch 3
  • Study Break DayMarch 30
  • Classes EndMay 7
  • Final ExamsMay 10–May 15

Monthly Poll

March 2021

In what ways do you encourage your student to practice self-care?

Choose your answer >

Future College Commencement Dates

  • May 23, 2021
  • May 15, 2022
  • May 14, 2023

Commencement web page >

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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Family Traditions

Featured Initiative

Celebrate and connect by sharing your Family Traditions 

Read more about the project here


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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Virtual Town Hall for Students and Families

Video and transcript available from the July 22, 2020 Virtual Town Hall for Students and Families.  University Leaders addressed questions about quarantine, financial aid concerns, online learning, and more.  The Zoom session focused on information specific to undergraduate students (River Campus and Eastman School of Music) and their families. View a video recording with captions or download the PDF of the full transcript.  

Do you have thoughts on ways we can improve our communication with you? Please let us know.
Parent & Family Relations is a unit of the Office of the Dean of Students.