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Helping parents understand and support the student experience.

Orienting families to the University of Rochester.

Ensuring our parent community feels informed, valued, and respected.

Student Life

Links to online resources that will assist you in helping your child thrive on campus.

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Stay Informed

Access to online news sources, campus events, and administrative policies.

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Visit Campus

Everything you’ll need to know about visiting Rochester.

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Important Dates

  • Spring Break
    March 10–March 18
  • Class Registration for Fall 2018 begins
    April 2
  • Last Day of Classes
    May 1
  • Reading Period
    May 2–May 5
  • Final Exams
    May 6–May 13
  • Commencement Weekend
    May 18–May 20


February 7, 2018

Rochester Summer Fair 

Visit the Summer Fair, grab some free food and learn more about opportunities in Rochester for this summer:

-Summer Courses
-Research Opportunities
-Internships, Jobs and Fellowships
-Community Service Opportunities
-Summer Study Abroad

See more information in the Facebook event page!


Dear Mom and Dad Messages

Developed in 2009, 'Dear Mom and Dad' is an annual project which was developed to provide an opportunity and an avenue for graduating seniors to express sentiments to parents/family.

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Future College Commencement Dates

  • May 20, 2018
  • May 19, 2019
  • May 16, 2020
  • May 16, 2021

Commencement web page >

Suggested Readings

51 Tips for Parents of College Students by Alan Farber and Linda O'Brien

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Getting Ready for College; Everything You Need to Know Before You Go - From Bike Locks to Laundry Baskets, Financial Aid to Health Care by Polly Berent.

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Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger.

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Don't Tell Me what to Do, Just Send Money by Helen Johnson and Christine Schelhaus-Miller.

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You're On Your Own (But I'm Here if You Need Me): Mentoring Your Child During the College Years by Marjorie Savage.

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Empty Nest...Full Heart: The Journey from Home to College by Andrea Van Steenhouse.

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Getting Through College Without Going Broke: A Crash Course on Finding Money for College and Making it Last by Students Helping Students.

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Move-in day

Welcome Parents & Family!

Parent and Family Relations, in collaboration with offices across the University, helps parents understand and support the student experience, learning and growth.

This office assists in orienting families to the University of Rochester and serves as a resource for parents throughout their student's undergraduate career. It is our goal that, as a member of the University of Rochester parent community, you feel informed, valued and respected.

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Students come from all 50 states and more than 118 countries. Most undergrads live on campus for all four years of their college experience.

UR Acronyms & Abbreviations

At the University of Rochester names of departments, offices, programs, and more are commonly referenced by an acronym or abbreviation, rather than their full name. We recognize that this might pose confusion for parents, families, new students, or other individuals not familiar with the University. View a list of our most commonly used acronyms and abbreviations with links to respective web pages for more information.

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Do you have thoughts on ways we can improve our communication with you? Please let us know.
Parent & Family Relations is a unit of the Office of the Dean of Students.