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Checklist for Parents of Incoming Freshmen?

scholarmescholarme 2674 replies79 threads Senior Member
Experienced college parents: What should go on the parents' to-do list after the kid has finally committed to a college?
Things that can be taken care of now, or in the summer before classes start, etc.
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  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone 23253 replies17 threads Senior Member
    Figure out how he/she's getting to college, and book the reservations for flights and hotels if necessary.
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  • 1518mom1518mom 441 replies5 threads Member
    Re: banking: It looks like my D's school will have a bank fair on campus on move-in day. We use a credit union at home, but there are no walkable CUs near campus. The bank we researched has a no fee student account that requires a school ID. Since she will get that on move-in day, it will be a timesaver for us to go see the bank at the on-campus fair.
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  • staceyneilstaceyneil 1193 replies41 threads Senior Member
    edited April 2015
    Make reservations for your hotels for move-in weekend, parents weekend, etc. Those rooms fill FAST.


    We made a sort of master list of things to bring, then spent the summer collecting things like rugs and quilts at yard sales, relatives giveaways, etc. We got the dorm fridge on Craigslist, for example. We let D buy a few fun things at Ikea but most of what she took with her we already had. I agree, don't rush out and buy a lot of stuff. When the roommate is assigned (about 1 month before move-in for my D) they can work out who will bring which of the larger items.

    Your kid's college will likely give them a very specific set of shots needed. Wait to get that before you go to the doctor.
    edited April 2015
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  • higgins2013higgins2013 702 replies25 threads Member
    Debit bank card that has an ATM and branch bank somewhere near campus. We picked Chase. Get it started, you keep account info too to make deposits from hometown if need be.
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  • Mom2twinsMom2twins 233 replies18 threads Junior Member
    Printed several favorite family photos for display on a corkboard -- student's choice.
    Practiced going to doctor and dentist ALONE for final vaccinations, etc.
    Purchased rain gear appropriate for getting to/from class in a deluge/snow.
    Gathered a toolkit of random desk items, cold medicine, sewing kit, 3m hangers, postage stamps, etc.
    We opted for the buy ahead plan for dorm items. Target and the like can be a nightmare in college towns at move-in time!
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 78605 replies697 threads Senior Member
    edited April 2015
    Student should sign up for orientation. In some cases, the early dates mean earlier registration time for classes compared to frosh in later orientation dates.

    Before orientation, student should check what first semester courses are needed for his/her intended major(s).

    Before orientation, student should check placement guidelines for English, math, foreign language, etc. courses that s/he may take in college. If AP or IB credit is involved, it would be a good idea for him/her to try the old final exams of the courses that the AP or IB credit allows skipping.
    edited April 2015
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