You can still be an active part of your student’s life after they have moved to Augusta
University. Below are some tips on supporting and guiding your student throughout
their college years.
Stay in touch
Although a big part of going to college is learning to make choices independently,
your student still needs to know you’re there to discuss both normal events and difficult
Allow space for your student to set the agenda for some of your conversations. If
he/she needs help or support, the subject is more likely to come up if you aren't
continually inquiring about what time he/she came in last night. Your role is to listen
actively and try to understand what they are saying or trying to say.
Be realistic about financial matters
Most students come to school with at least some plan about how tuition, fees, books,
and room and board will be paid for, and what the family's expectations are about
spending money. Being specific in the beginning may help avoid misunderstandings later.
Be realistic about academic achievement and grades
Augusta University attracts bright students and has rigorous courses. This leads to
a higher level of competition than what students may have faced in high school and
means that not every freshman who excelled academically in high school will be a 4.0
student here. Developing the capacity to work independently and consistently can be
more important than grades, as long as the student meets the basic academic requirements
set out by the university.
Encourage them to use available resources
If your student does experience difficulties, encourage them to take advantage of
the many campus resources available for students. The Student Counseling and Psychological
Services is always available to help your student and there are a variety of other
sources for academic assistance as well.
Encourage your student to get to know their Housing and Residence Life staff
Housing and Residence Life staff is available to ease your transition to Augusta University,
help you with concerns, resolve difficult situations and create memorable experiences
in our residential communities.