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Union County College

Information for Parents

Welcome to Union County College! As a parent to a student, we welcome you as an important member of our community and invite you to explore the many exciting opportunities available to our students. We hope to provide you with some important information so that you may assist your student in their decision making process as they continue their educational journey.  

When students begin their college career, they need to adjust to a new environment and schedule, make new friends, and begin to make important decisions on their own.  This transition from high school to college can be challenging.  Some of the decisions students make in college might impact them for many years to come: Should I take out a student loan? What should be my major? Students are now given the responsibility of making informed decisions and to seek out assistance if needed.

We know and understand that when students have concerns, issues, or problems, they often turn to their parents for advice, guidance, and support; therefore, we want to make sure that you have the necessary tools to guide them in the right direction.  One of the biggest challenges students face when starting their college career is finding the office or person that can best assist them. The College’s Student Development staff is available to answer any questions that students might have and to refer them to the area that can best help them.  It is important that students learn to self-advocate early in the process so that their college journey is successful.

In order to assist you, as you support your student, we want to make sure that you have all the tools necessary to provide guidance and to make the transition to this new chapter as easy as possible for you and your family.

All of us at Union County College wish your student much success as s/he embarks on this exciting new time in their life.

How can you help?

  • Encourage your student to seek academic support early in the process. The Academic Learning Centers at Union County College offer tutoring in many subjects free of charge to all the students enrolled at the college.
  • Encourage your student to reach out to faculty during their office hours if they are having trouble in their class(es). Remember, the earlier they do this the less chance they have at falling behind in their work.
  • Ask your student to become familiar with the online College Catalog, the Academic Calendar, Student Planning and the Student Portal.
  • Encourage your student to become involved on campus by joining student clubs, sports teams, and other organizations.
  • Talk to your student about class load and time management. A student needs to study an average of 2 hours per week for each hour they spend in the classroom.  A full time student taking 15 credits should set aside an average of 30 study hours per week outside of class time.
  • Ask your student about their college experiences: How are they doing? Which classes are they enjoying? Who is their advisor? Is their major what they thought it was going to be?
  • Have students write down important dates: When does registration begin? When is the deadline to apply for Financial Aid? When is finals week? When are refund dates? When is the last day to register? When is the payment deadline?
  • Tell your student to check their college email daily. All important communications from the college get sent to students through that email account so it’s important that they check it often. If they are having any issues logging into or accessing their accounts, they may visit the IT Help Desk on any campus.

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