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Learn About College Life

We know there is a lot more you want to know about. The resources in this section have been developed to assist you with better understanding the college experience. Keep checking this page as new information will be added.

Reading List
A list of recommended books that you might find helpful as your child makes the transition from high school to college.

College Parents of America
College Parents of America is the only national membership association dedicated to advocating and serving on behalf of current and future college parents. College Parents of America members include not only parents, but also colleges and universities, local school systems, corporations, associations and other organizations dedicated to making higher education accessible – and successful – for all Americans.

Members of College Parents of America enjoy access to:

  • Timely information and vital resources
  • Valuable consumer deals and discounts
  • Advocacy and representation in legislative actions affecting parents and students

College Board
College Board's web site is a wealth of information on the college process - from College Board tests to planning for college to applying and paying for college.

Fastweb
Fastweb is the Internet's leading scholarship search service.  It helps students make the decisions that shape their lives: choosing a college, paying for college, and finding jobs and internships.  And the service is free.
   
Welcoming Your Student Home: A Guide to a Stress-Free Reunion
Well, mom and dad... it's about that time for your favorite freshman to return home after his/her first semester as a college student. Learn what to expect for the return of your "new and improved" student.

Kent State Words You Should Know
Where can students use the FLASHcard? How do club sports differ from intramurals? What is SALSA? Learn everything from important terms (GPA, course withdrawal, major, minor) to university slang (prof, frosh) to campus landmarks (blue-light phones, HUB, MACC).

One More Thing Before You Go...
A million things run through you mind when your student is preparing to leave for college. Here are a few reminders for the million things you want to say before he or she goes.

What to Expect
Guidance for understanding the transitions that students experience during the academic year.

Intervening...When and How
Advice for parents on relationships, professors, homesickness, living environments, and social activities.

Resource Guide for Parents
Provides listing of University organizations, suggested books, and online campus resources. 

What Parents Need to Know About College Drinking
Facts from the National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
 
Transitions and Letting Go
Parents and students will experience a series of transitions while adjusting to college life; therefore, it is important to give your child roots and wings.
 
Student Involvement
Student involvement encourages students to create friendships, develop new skills, and feel connected while away from home.
 
FERPA Release Form Information
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal Law that protects the privacy of student education records, both financial and academic. For the student's protection, FERPA limits release of student record information without the student's explicit written consent;however it also gives the student's parent(s)/guardian(s) the right to review those records if the parent(s)/guardian(s) claim the student asa dependent on their Federal Income Tax Return.
 
Budgeting
Tips on how to budget for college expenses.

Legal Services Available to Students
Students enrolled on the Kent Campus pay a $7 fee for Student Legal Services, which makes available to them professional legal representation, advice, consultation and protection.