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Helping parents understand and support the student experience.

Orienting families to the University of Rochester.

Ensuring our parent community feels informed, valued, and respected.

Student Life

Links to online resources that will assist you in helping your child thrive on campus.

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Stay Informed

Access to online news sources, campus events, and administrative policies.

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Visit Campus

Everything you’ll need to know about visiting Rochester.

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Important Dates

  • Reading Period
    December 14–December 16
  • Finals Week
    December 17–December 22
  • Winter Break
    December 23–January 14
  • First day of classes for Spring semester
    January 17


Winter Stay

Residence halls close for the semester at 9 a.m. Saturday, December 23rd. If your student needs to stay on campus for any or all of the Winter Stay period (December 22 to January 14), housing is available in select residence halls. All students planning to stay need to register through the Residential Life and Housing Services website. Registration for Winter Stay opens on Monday, November 27th. 

Checkout the Breaks page!

Follow this link to see the schedules for the Thanksgiving shuttles to the airport and bus station. If your student is staying on campus druring the break, they can pariticpate in evenets and actitivies and also see the schedules for the dining services on campus. 

Celebrate First-Gen!

On November 8th, join us in celebrating the accomplishments of First-Generation college Students!

See the list of events happening throughout the day here.

Dear Mom and Dad Messages

Developed in 2009, 'Dear Mom and Dad' is an annual project which was developed to provide an opportunity and an avenue for graduating seniors to express sentiments to parents/family.

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Future College Commencement Dates

  • May 20, 2018
  • May 19, 2019
  • May 16, 2020
  • May 16, 2021

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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Welcome Parents & Family!

Parent and Family Relations, in collaboration with offices across the University, helps parents understand and support the student experience, learning and growth.

This office assists in orienting families to the University of Rochester and serves as a resource for parents throughout their student's undergraduate career. It is our goal that, as a member of the University of Rochester parent community, you feel informed, valued and respected.

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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.

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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.