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First-Gen Parents & Families

Welcome parents and families of University of Richmond first-generation college students. We congratulate you and your students on your shared journey to Richmond. You may find your child’s four years of college will be an exciting mixture of new experiences and challenges for the whole family. We acknowledge that you may have many questions about college and campus life. This website is here for you to learn more about all Richmond has to offer over the coming years.

Tips for Parents and Families of First-Generation College Students

  • Take time to learn more about resources and events for your student.
  • Visit the Richmond Parents webpage
  • Attend parent orientation, especially the session offered for parents of first-generation college students.
  • Ask your student about what they need from you throughout their time at Richmond.
  • Learning about the college process and what to expect can be a shared experience for you and your student. Campus offices are here to provide clarity and support to both of you!

How will college change my child?

Over the course of their college years, you may find that your son or daughter changes in ways neither of you expected. They will probably develop a wider circle of friends and a broader range of interests than they had before. They may change their mind about what they want to study, even a number of times! They may find themselves excited about studying in another country for a semester, or exploring an internship in a new city. And you may be treated to some new hairstyles, fashions and music.
It’s important to remember that people between 18 and 22 years of age change and adjust in response to any experience that is new and very different. Whether it is a first job, military service, or going to college, young people learn a lot from both the freedoms and responsibilities that they encounter for the first time. It’s all part of growing into adulthood.
Richmond devotes considerable resources to helping students learn all they can about life while also keeping them aware of their growing responsibilities.

What is FERPA?

University of Richmond procedures and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) prohibit the unauthorized release of confidential information about individual students.