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Information for Parents and Families

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Sending your student to college is a moment often met with equal parts excitement and dread. How will they exercise their new independence? Can they handle greater responsibility? Will they make smart decisions?

We know you may have many questions during and after your student transitions to college; we are here to help. Explore the resources below to see how we can work together to help your student adapt, excel, and act responsibly in their new environment.

Penn State Parents Program

The Penn State Parents Program serves as a central resource for parents and families. From involvement opportunities to information on important resources, we encourage you to explore their website to become a collaborative partner in your students educational journey.

FERPA and Confidential Information

Parents often wonder what information can be shared/discussed with collegiate staff. In primary and secondary educational institutions (i.e. K-12), all FERPA rights belong to the parent. When the student reaches the age of 18 or begins to attend a post-secondary institution regardless of age, however, all FERPA rights transfer to the student. For Penn State students, the FERPA rights belong to the students, not the parents. For more information on FERPA and confidentiality regarding your student, please click here.


In partnership with our current students, staff, and alumni, we have compiled an extensive list of the most frequently asked questions parents and students have when thinking about the College of IST.  Browse our list, but if you don't see the answer to your specific questions, please contact the Undergraduate Recruiting office at  

Parental Involvment

The relationship between you and your child will change, but you are not alone.  We encourage you to read about shaping the parental relationship for student success and the role of parental involvement in developing student autonomy