Parents and Families

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

We know you may have many questions during and after your student’s transition 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 student’s educational journey.

FERPA and Confidential Information

Parents often wonder what information can be shared and discussed with University staff. In primary and secondary educational institutions (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, visit the University Registrar’s website.

Penn State Alerts

Subscribe to Penn State Alerts to stay informed about immediate emergencies impacting the University Park campus through emails and text notifications.

Student Affairs

The Division of Student Affairs offers on-campus resources for student programming, engagement opportunities, and wellness and support services.

Penn State Headlines

Sign up for Penn State Headlines, which offers email newsletters in various categories, including Parents and Families, the College of IST, and campus-wide updates.

Parents & Families Weekend

Each fall, nearly 100 events are held across campus during Parents & Families Weekend to highlight academic and social life at University Park. Examples of activities include touring Old Main; joining a tailgate lunch; taking family photos at the Lion Shrine; or meeting faculty, staff, and students at the College of IST.

Frequently Asked Questions

In partnership with our current students, staff, and alumni, we have compiled an extensive list of the most frequently asked questions that parents and students have regarding the College of IST.


Office of Undergraduate

E103 Westgate Building
University Park, PA 16802