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Higher education is one of the biggest decisions facing young adults. What should I study? What career am I best suited for? How will I pay for it? Should I still go even if I am not sure what I want to study?

As parents and guardians you want to help your student make an informed decision and feel confident they made the right choice. Let's face it, this is the beginning of their independence, but it will also be an adjustment for the entire family. Assembled here is a collection resources available across campus to assist with this decision, the admission process and some of the challenges ahead.

Orientation Resources. 

We have included some resources that will likely prove beneficial for you (and your family) during the upcoming transition. We hope that you will use these PDF files throughout your student’s time here and contact us with any questions you may have.

Parent and Family Orientation Presentation Slides Fall 2023

Family and Student Talking Worksheet (PDF)

Transitions Calendars.

In an effort to make this transition period easier for you and your student, we have compiled some key issues students encounter each year as well as the specific time(s) of year that these things typically occur. We also offer things to think about and possible solutions that might help you when supporting your student. These tips and resources are a great way for you to empower your student and help them find a solution to their problem.

First Year Issues Calendar (PDF) Second Year Issues Calendar (PDF)

Once your student has decided to attend UMSL, we have resources available on campus to assist them with making the adjustment to life at the university. We are all here to help students succeed. If you have difficulty locating the information you need, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Student Affairs by phone at (314) 516-5211 or email umslstudenta@umsl.edu. If we do not have the answer, we will certainly locate the right person to help you.

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