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Information for Families

Information for Families:
Helping to Create a Successful, Independent College Student

Enrolling in college is an important accomplishment in one’s life, and while this is an exciting time in a student’s life, El Centro College recognizes that families may have questions and concerns about the transition to college. Here are some tips to assist your new college student.
  • Encourage your student to use the resources and services on campus. Refer to the New Student Resource Center for a comprehensive list.
  • With the transition to college, students may have to balance work, school, and social aspects of their lives. Parents and family members can be a support system to help them develop better time management habits.
  • El Centro College cannot share information about a student's academic progress or any other part of the students’ academic record including attendance and financial aid with anyone other than the student. The student can provide written consent to the colleges’ Admissions Office to release this information. Communication with your student about their academic studies is an important aspect of your relationship.
  • Encourage your student to visit with their First-Year Experience Academic Advisor and Instructors of their classes regarding any questions and concerns they may have.
  • Students and their families should understand that although the student spends time in the classroom, more independent work is expected of the student. A general rule is that for every hour spent in the classroom, students should spending two hours on homework and studying outside of the class room.
  • Set high expectations! Students and their families should have goals for each semester.  Let your student know that you expect him or her to work hard and explain how you will support that hard work.

Remember, attending college is a privilege, not a right.