Supporting your Student
In addition to supporting your son or daughter’s decision to attend college or university, parents are also advised to become involved in their education by encouraging academic, personal, and professional growth. We recommend the following ways to help your son or daughter make the most of their time at Pace:
Research schools and financial aid; schedule a campus visit. At Pace, we offer information sessions, campus tours, open houses, high school and college fair recruitment visits, and financial aid workshops throughout the year. To learn more about the Pace advantage, we recommend parents and prospective students sign up for one of these sessions on our Explore Pace website. A campus visit let you see our campus in person and meet with admission counselors and staff, financial aid staff, and student tour guides, who will give you a holistic view of the Pace experience, as well as help with the application and financial aid processes. The following are websites our Admission Counselors have found helpful in planning college visits and financial aid:
- KnowHow2Go – American Council on Education & Lumina Foundation for Education
- College.gov – U.S. Department of Education
- Making the most of a college tour – CollegeView.com
- Tips for a campus visit – CollegiateChoice.com
- Best college campus tour tips – GoCollege.com
- Preparing for a college campus visit – CollegeBoard.com
Help your sons and daughters adhere to admission and financial aid deadlines. Our application includes a list of deadlines for admission, as well as financial aid. Encouraging your son or daughter to meet these deadlines will ensure that his or her application is given maximum consideration for financial aid and housing options. Learn more about Pace University’s recommended admission and financial aid deadlines.
1. Make the home-to-college transition as smooth as possible. College life is very different from high school. Students are expected to complete assignments on their own schedule, and must be accountable for their attendance and work. Researching college study tips with your son or daughter, as well as survival skills for their first year or school can be immensely helpful in helping ease them into college life. The following books may be helpful:
- College Survival – by Greg Gottesman
- Study Skills: A Student's Guide to Survival (Wiley Self-Teaching Guides) – by Robert a. Carman and W. Royce Adams
- College Survival and Success Skills 101: Keys to Avoiding Pitfalls, Enjoying the Life, Graduating & Being Successful – by Marianne Ragins
- College and Career Success for Students with Learning Disabilities – by Roslyn Dolber
2. Stay in touch with your sons and daughters. It is important for parents to keep contact once they are enrolled in college. You can help prevent homesickness by speaking frequently by phone. The following websites provide tips on how to help your son or daughter through difficult situations in the dorms, the stress of classes, and other issues. Pace also provides assistance to students who are having a difficult time adjusting to college. Our Counseling Center is open and free of charge to all students, and our Tutoring Centers provide academic assistance on a walk-in basis to any student wishing to enhance their academic experience. In addition to the links below, please read the Counseling Center’s Online Resources section for information about the counseling program at Pace, and other helpful websites.
- Homesickness – Having trouble adjusting to college lift – GoAskAlice on Columbia.edu
- Students and Homesickness: How to Adjust to Freshman Year, Dorm Life, and Moving Away from Home – CollegeUniversity.Suite101.com
- Commuter Students: How to Become Connected to Your School – EcampusTours.com
- Fight the College Commuter Blues – iVillage.com
3. Attend a Parent’s Weekend event. Pace hosts University Fest each fall, for parents and students to explore all that Pace has to offer and learn more about the types of academic and social activities in which your student is involved. We recommend parents take advantage of this opportunity to see their sons and daughters in-person and check on their academic progress, explore student life options with them, and meet their friends and roommate. Learn more about Pace University Homecoming.
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