Parents and Families

Important Dates

  • Student Orientation
    August 23
  • Parent & Family Orientation
    August 23–August 24
  • Fall Classes Begin
    August 30
  • Fall Break
    October 9–October 10
  • Winter Break
    December 22

Future College Commencement Dates

  • May 20, 2018
  • May 19, 2019
  • May 16, 2020

Commencement web page >

Suggested Readings

  • 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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Students come from all 50 states and more than 118 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.

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.