Sending your student off to college is a big step in any parent’s life. Some of the following information may help you and your student ease into this transition.

Tips and resources for parents

Students should stay on campus

College life is an adjustment for most students. We highly recommend that your student be encouraged to stay on campus for most weekends (rather than returning home). Campus life offers many opportunities to meet new people and experience campus life, which helps students adjust!

Students can join clubs

Iowa State University (ISU) and the Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management offers many opportunities that promote personal and professional growth. We have several departmental student clubs, and there are more than 500 ISU organizations that students can get involved in.

The Parents Advisory Line is 800-772-8546

The Parents Advisory Line (PAL) can connect you with a variety of offices on campus that can answer your questions and provide you with information.

Parents should stay in contact

Be sure to stay in frequent contact with your student as he or she adjusts to college life. It is an exciting time, full of personal growth and exploration. Knowing that you are interested in what they are doing and what they are learning is important to them whether they demonstrate that to you or not.

Expectations and help for students


Faculty members expect your student to study two hours outside of class for every hour spent in the classroom. For example, for each 3-hour class, a student should spend an additional six hours of study outside of this class.

Requesting academic assistance

It is expected that a student will take responsibility for his or her learning. If faculty assistance is needed, the student should contact the faculty member and request a time to meet during the faculty member’s office hours. If tutoring or extra assistance with time management or study skills is needed, the student should contact his or her academic adviser to discuss what resources are available.

Learning community

The learning community is a year-long program for incoming, first-year students. You will take common courses with other freshmen in the learning community, work with your peer mentor to register for classes, and attend a variety of social activities and field trips to enhance your college experience.