Having your child away from home for the first time can be overwhelming at first, but we have information below to help you in the process!
You can always contact the Office of First Year Experience and we can help answer your questions.
Communicating with parents and family members is an important part in helping first-year students succeed. These newsletters from the Office of First-Year Experience are for all parent and family members of UL Lafayette students and contain tips and helpful tools to assist with your student's transition to, and first year at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. Sign up for Parent Communication today!
Freshmen Survival Guide
The Freshman Survival Guide as a tool to answer any question or offer advice on any issue a freshman could face on campus in their first year. Visit the Freshmen Survival Guide.
Admissions Information for Parents
The Office of Admission and Recruitment provides an abundance of information specifically for parents regarding campus visits, the application process, paying for college, areas of study, on-campus housing, campus safety and more. Visit the Office of Admission and Recruitment's Info for Parents.
Going to college is a time of change for both students and parents, and just as UL Lafayette offers special sessions to "orient" student to campus life, so to does the Office of Orientation offer special sessions to acclimate parents to the college landscape. View information on Parent Orientation.
The University Program Council, in conjunction with the Office of First-Year Experience and Office of Orientation, invite parents to join their freshmen student for a fun array of events. Previous Family Weekends have included dessert receptions, hypnotist shows, movie showings, museum exhibits, Zydeco Breakfast, tailgating, and Ragin' Cajun Football. View information on Family Weekend.
Campus Resources for Parents
When you and/or your child attended Orientation, a number of PowerPoint presentations were presented on how to know what the university has to offer, as well as how to make use of those opportunities. Walk throughs of how to pay tuition, applying for and paying for housing, acquiring a Cajun Card, and what Cajun Connection entails were provided. Review the PowerPoints.
Student Privacy - Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
One of the biggest adjustments parents have to make in college is recognizing that your child is now legally an adult. UL Lafayette is required to follow federal laws regarding the release of private information our students. In order to effectively interact with UL Lafayette services, please familiarize yourself with FERPA guidelines. Review FERPA Guidelines.