Parents Association and Helpful Resources


To connect families to the campus and to each other while enhancing the college experience for our students.

By acting as ambassadors of the University, association members advocate for a great student experience, support the University through the Alvernia Fund, assist with the recruitment of future Alvernians and give parents a parents a voice and a role aligned with the Franciscan values of the University.

Your student is off at college. But that’s not the end. We encourage you to continue to play an important role in their life. We hope you find this list of publications and websites helpful as you gather information and guide your student if they need assistance. Plus, please reference this web page regarding any questions you may have.


Grown & Flown
Parenting never ends

College Parent Central
Information for the parents of college students

College Parent of America

Parent Toolkit

Student and Family Members - Parent Move-in Day

Parents & Families

Other Helpful Resources
I'm Going to College—Not You!
Surviving the College Search with Your Child
Edited by Jennifer Delahunty
The Campus Cure
A Parent's Guide to Mental Health Wellness for College Students
By Marcia Morris, MD
Don't Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money
The Essential Parenting Guide to the College Years
By Helen E. Johnson and Christine Schelhas-Miller
The Naked Roommate: For Parents Only
A Parent's Guide to the New College Experience
By Harlan Cohen
Your Freshman is Off to College: A Month-by-Month Guide to the First Year
By Laurie L. Hazard, ED.D. & Stephanie K. Carter, M.A.
You're on Your Own (But I'm Here If You Need Me)
Mentoring Your Child During the College Years
By Marjorie Savage
The Gift of Failure
How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed
By Jessica Lahey
The Freshman Survival Guide
Soulful Advice for Studying, Socializing and Everything in Between
By Nora Bradbury-Haehl and Bill McGarvey
Letting Go
A Parent's Guide to Understanding the College Years
By Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger
Out to Sea
A Parents’ Survival Guide to the Freshman Voyage
By Kelly Radi