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Queen's University

Information for Parents

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As the parent or guardian of a student who’s thinking about university, you probably have a lot of questions of your own. After reviewing the ways in which your child/ward can prepare in high school, here are some suggestions as to how to support them in their transition to university.

Personal Transition

  • Whether they stay at home or move away, having your child attend university – particularly if it’s a new experience for your family – will be a big adjustment for you, too. Find out what you might experience as a parent or guardian of a university student.
  • Your child will most likely go through some major personal changes and adjustments when they go to university. Read about the typical university student’s psychological development so you know what sorts of things to expect.
  • Adjusting to a new living situation and social environment can be both exciting and challenging for students. Understanding these new factors and being aware of the support available on campus may give your child more confidence in seeking assistance.
  • Keep in mind, part of your child's university experience is learning to be independent.  While it might be tempting to keep close tabs on your student, try to also give them the space they need to grow.

Academic Transition

  • The university academic environment is very different from the high school setting, and it is important to remember that your child will be adjusting to many new realities. Even if he/she was a high-achieving student in high school, he/she may experience a drop in grades in their first term. This is normal, and there are many academic support networks in place to ease this transition.


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