Coming to Webster is an exciting time for new students, but we know that making the change can be overwhelming for both students and their families. That is why parents and family members are encouraged to attend New Student Orientation and learn what they can do to ensure their student experiences a successful transition to Webster.
Throughout New Student Orientation there will be a variety of “parent-only” sessions designed to provide family members with relevant information regarding their student’s experience at Webster. These sessions are an excellent time for you to engage in discussion with other parents and with Webster staff members who can address any questions or concerns you may still have.
We are lucky enough to have a New York Times bestselling author, Harlan Cohen, author of “The Happiest Kid On Campus,” coming to speak to parents. Harlan gives parents everything they need to know about the experience they’ll have as their child leaves for college, and what they can do to ensure that their child has an incredible and meaningful college experience.
Copies of the book will be sold during New Student Orientation, but if families would like to pre-order the books, we are working with a local independent bookstore to pre-order copies.
On Saturday there will be a Parent Farewell Lunch for you to spend some final time with your student before departing from campus.
If you are planning to participate in New Student Orientation, please have your student indicate on his/her registration form how many family members will be attending. Please also note that New Student Orientation provided meals are the only meal options available on-campus during the weekend, and additional meals will need to be purchased for each family member (meals for new students are free). You will have the opportunity to pay for these meals online when your student’s New Student Orientation registration form is submitted.
Webster University Resources
In addition to attending New Student Orientation with your student, Webster offers parents further opportunities to remain involved. Parents may sign up for Staying Connected, a blog written by the Dean of Students specifically for the parents of first-year students. It addresses topics such as the significance of student involvement, keys to making successful transitions, and information regarding current issues on campus.
Another great resource for parents is Webster’s Parents Program, an organization designed to connect parents with one another and with the Webster community. The Parents Program coordinates events specifically for Webster parents, offers opportunities to volunteer, and organizes the Parent Council, a group focused on enhancing communication between parents and the University.
Parents may also complete the Parent Contact Form so that we have the most accurate and updated contact information for our incoming students’ families. Some families may have completed this form during an on-campus registration day. However, if you didn’t attend a registration day, please complete this form and email it back to Sarah Tetley, Director of First Year Experience Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org to get on our mailing list.