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First-Year Experience for Parents and Families


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This page contains information and resources for parents and family members about their student's experience at RVCC. Parent and Family members are encouraged to attend a Parent/Family Orientation program during Fall ROARS sessions.

Going to college is an exciting time for students, parents and families.  As a parent or family member, you can support your student by being involved and supportive, and empowering your student to make new friends, stay on top of coursework.  You can also provide support by directing your student to a variety of RVCC resources when needed and encouraging your student to reach out for assistance.  This website will provide you with a wide variety of resources to help make your student's experience at RVCC successful, and at the same time help you be an informed parent.

RVCC provides a wealth of resources and services and navigating the multitude of resources can be a bit intimidating.  We've tried to make the process a bit easier by compiling a listing of helpful resources that will provide you with the answers you're looking for.  Our Parent and Family Member Resources page will provide you with information about Parent/Family Orientation programs,  staying connected to the RVCC campus community, and helpful links to a variety of offices and services around campus. And if you can't find it . . . then we hope you'll ask us!


The First-Year Experience Staff

Tips on How Parents and Family Members Can Help Their Students Be Successful In College

  • Encourage your student to use the resources and services on campus. Their student fees pay for these services and they are entitled to them.

  • Let your student know they are responsible for knowing and folowing the policies and procedures written in the RVCC Catalog and Student Handbook.

  • This may the first time that your student has to balance work, school, and social aspects of their lives. As a support system, parents and family member can help them develop better time management skills.

  • RVCC cannot share information about a student's progress with anyone other than the student without the written consent of the student, and then only in person with the student present. Therefore, as a parent or family member, communication is an important aspect of your relationship with your student.

  • Encourage your student to connect with their First-Year Advisor and a Faculty member in their particular major to serve as a mentor throughout their experience at RVCC.

  • RVCC encourages all students to apply for Financial Aid. It is the only way to explore if funding is available to your family.

  • Help your student to understand that, although they will be spending less time in the classroom, more independent work is expected of them. The rule of thumb is that for every hour spent in the classroom, students should spending two hours on homework and studying.

  • RVCC has a number of articulation agreements with colleges and universities in the U.S. Encourage your student to start to explore transfer opportunities early.

  • Remember, attending college is a privilege, not a right.

Recommended Readings:

 Everything Parents and Students Need to Know About the Road to College
Author: Dr. Ken Hartman

 The iConnected Parent: Staying Close to Your Kids in College (and Beyond) While Letting Them Go
Authors: Barbara K. Hofer and Abigail Sullivan Moore

 Letting Go (5th Ed): A Parent's Guide to Understanding the College Years
Authors: Karen Levin Coburn and Lawrence Treeger


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