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Parents of New Students

With this guide for new parents, we hope to ease the transition for you and your student as you prepare for their Westminster experience. Please explore the links for more details and contact or call 801-832-2757.

  1. Housing assignments (with roommate info) will go out mid to late June. The Office of Residence Life will send all of the information via email so you should keep an eye on the address the school has on file for your student (given in their housing and/or admittance application).
  2. If your student has completed the admissions process, paid the tuition deposit, and received his or her registration information in the mail, your student should go here to schedule the first advising appointment.
  3. Share your student’s new mailing address with family and friends so that they may mail encouraging notes and packages during the first semester. The address: Your Student’s Name, Westminster College, the building name and apt/room, 1840 South 1300 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84105
  4. Complete this parent communication survey and tell us about your son or daughter—perhaps something that they will not. 
  5. Review information on First Year Student and Parent Orientation. This will help you better understand where your son or daughter and you should be during their first few days on campus. 
  6. Plan on attending Winter Weekend for Parents and Families in late January-February. Specific dates vary each year, so please be on the lookout!
  7. Talk to your student about responsible citizenship. You may want to cover topics like peer pressure, making friends, alcohol use, time management, relationships, honesty, plagiarism, healthy eating, and exercise. You should be getting an information flyer from the Counseling Center in June that will help with this conversation.
  8. Establish a regular communication schedule. Remind your student that parents tend to worry if their student doesn’t return phone calls. As your student frames his or her own choices and decisions at this powerful transitional time in their lives, be available and listen.
  9. Develop a budget with your student.
  10. Encourage your student to get involved on campus, make use of campus resources, and to be open to connecting with a faculty or staff mentor. You will hear more about this at Orientation, but research shows this involvement leads to higher GPAs!