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Checklist for Parents of Incoming Freshmen?


Replies to: Checklist for Parents of Incoming Freshmen?

  • TestiveSlyTestiveSly Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    Definitely recommend a mattress pad! Although be warned, some schools don't allow foam mattress pads due to fire hazards, so check with the school first. There are some really nice cotton ones out there too.

    If your kids are in an undergrad business school, they might need some business clothing too. In some classes, students may have to dress business casual to give presentations in class.
  • marrastmarrast Registered User Posts: 18 New Member
    edited March 31
    Delete. Comment on wrong thread.
  • StPaulDadStPaulDad Registered User Posts: 77 Junior Member
    My daughter is attending far from home and she picked up a cool trick from the girl she's rooming with next year. That family is also from far away, and while her older sister went to this same college they always had a small storage locker in town to keep "stuff" like off-season outerwear, boots, furniture over the summer, etc. When she comes home this spring it'll only be clothes and the rest is staying behind. In fact as parents we received a coupon in the mail from a storage facility out there (though I'm not sure it's the one they used.)
  • Ran the DadRan the Dad Registered User Posts: 17 New Member
    My D will major in the sciences at UICU this fall. I want to prepare her for the academic rigor of the sciences and calculus on the college level. Not sure if that's a class, self-study, tutoring or what. For my oldest (graduating Spelman on time next month) we spent a few thousand sending her to Landmark in Vermont for a few weeks of prep due to her ADD. However, she still struggled freshman year with the gen ed courses. Anyone else thinking about the same issues/concerns of what to do with them over the pre-freshman summer???
  • brantlybrantly Registered User Posts: 1,937 Senior Member
    Ran the Dad (I can't tag you because of the spaces in your user name, I think). I'm wondering how common this is. Anyone else ever do this? I'm thinking that if she was admitted to UICU as a science major then she is prepared already. She's probably not different from any other freshman. I do think you can point her to all the resources available on campus for extra help. Make sure she has a list before she goes.
  • Sambar99Sambar99 Registered User Posts: 38 Junior Member
    Ran the Dad (I also don't know how to tag you because of the spaces). I have a different concern, but along the same lines. My DS17 is graduating from a very small school (total HS students is about ~100) but has chosen a huge state flagship. He decided to attend a summer session that the college has for incoming frosh. It won't be as crowded and while the courses are abbreviated there are only 2 of them. We figured that this was a good way to acclimate to the MUCH larger school in a low pressure manner.
  • raclutraclut Registered User Posts: 3,259 Senior Member
    edited June 15
    Those summer programs are good. Helps with the transition to college and they move in before the big crowd. It allows them time to get used to the campus and get to know their way around so that when the semester starts they hit the ground running. Those summer classes help with the foundation skills necessary to get a head start with first semester classes.
  • 1966Parent1966Parent Registered User Posts: 90 Junior Member
    ClassicRockerDad - and others really have some great tips.

    There are some highlights that I thought were particularly good -

    a) Health insurance - is your policy accepted by local networks and determining if it acceptable at the student health center.

    b) Tuition insurance - before buying it be sure to know what the refund policy is of the school. With my first 2 kids - neither school provided refunds after day 15. I found a policy for around 135 for 10,000 of coverage and thought it was a good deal vs. losing the money.

    c) Campus Safety / Crime - I reviewed the Clery Act data with my first two students. Mostly as a way to discuss everything from theft, to sexual assault. With my son and daugther it was a good framework to discuss what our plan would be in the case something bad happens - theft of property or assault of them. I wanted them to know I have their backs.

    d) Living On Campus - I was surprised that more parents didn't discuss the value of renters insurance. For about $12 a month, I bought a plan during the leasing process of the school. It seemed like the best protection I could get that would replace stolen or damaged student property.
  • annamomannamom Registered User Posts: 981 Member
    Hi @1966Parent where did you buy the Renters insurance and tuition insurance? - thx
  • mtrosemommtrosemom Registered User Posts: 1,726 Senior Member
    @STEM2017, I bought my D15 an insurance policy through a company suggested by the school that covered her in the dorms. It covered all of her electronics specifically, and paid us for her bike that was taken, although she did need to file a police report. I was satisfied with the coverage and it was pretty easy. (Speaking of which, I better remember when it's time for her renewal!)
  • saillakeeriesaillakeerie Registered User Posts: 1,726 Senior Member
    Check with your insurance company in terms of renters insurance. My carrier told me my son's belongings would be covered up to 10% of our policy while he was at school. Liability coverage same. However, once they move off campus, many apartment/house owners want to see renters insurance in the kid's name which is about $10/month.
  • momAlaznemomAlazne Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    If all goes to plan my daughter will be going as an international student to the USA in 2018. My question is, if there is a separate checklist for incoming international freshman?
  • Sam-I-AmSam-I-Am Registered User Posts: 547 Member
    edited June 24
    Sorry if this has been covered somewhere upthread...don't college freshmen receive numerous credit card solicitations once arriving at campus? Back in the day this was the only way to get a credit card and start building credit in the student's own name without a full time job. And there was no need for a parent cosigner.
  • paul2752paul2752 Registered User Posts: 4,634 Senior Member

    Well, not exactly a check list..but make sure your daughter know these:

    1) CANNOT work off campus without authorization or exigent circumstance(i.e. Home country current drop). For example, you can go internship/Co-op realted to your major but you cannot work in restaurant.

    2) CANNOT work on campus more than 20 hours/week.

    3) MUST STAY in full time student all the time when the school is session. A student can't just take a semester off like US nationals. It will affect your daughter's status.

    The three above are the most important to stay in US legally.

    4) Always update the local address. If not, this will incur 500$ fine. Idk why this is so expensive but 500$ is worth a monthly rent.

    5) Always keep old I-20s, old passports. Every legal documetns that shows your legal residence in USA must be with her. Make photocopies of them and save them in google drive!
  • NolaCARNolaCAR Registered User Posts: 233 Junior Member
    @Sam-I-Am for student credit cards, check Nerdwallet. They have good recommendations specifically for students. I have been nagging D17 about applying for one. Since she is going to be 2,000 miles away, I feel it's essential in case she has an emergency. I have also suggested she set up a free CreditKarma account and start monitoring her credit score and credit history. I just read a news story about identity thieves who use the SSN's of children. Since no-one thinks to check kids' credit, it goes unnoticed until the kids turn 18 and apply for their first credit card or car loan or whatever. I'm hoping this didn't happen to D17 but if it did, the sooner we know about it, the sooner we can go about correcting it. And in this age of rampant identity theft, I just think it's a good idea for D17 to start learning about how to establish and monitor credit.
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