NC State
Parents & Families Services

There is a misconception that a parent’s role dwindles after college move-in; this couldn’t be farther from the truth. In fact, North Carolina State University and the Office of Parents & Families Services has outlined the best ways for you to stay engaged and connected with both the University and your student; in ways that will honor parents and families and encourage the utmost success for our students.

The following links below will provide parents and families with more information on how to best help your individual student gain success during each year of his/her academic experience.

Campus Resources
We know that there are resources offered students should access easily throughout the duration of their undergraduate career. Encourage your student to become familiar with resources such as Academic Advising, Career Counseling and the Career Development Center (CDC). Students are encouraged to visit the University Tutorial Center (UTC) early every semester to sign-up for study groups, supplemental instruction or access resources such as tips for note- and test- taking, study skills, stress management, writing papers and more. Parents are encouraged to explore the Student Services website to help answer many common questions related to your student(s).

Information for Parents Concerning Alcohol and Other Drugs
While college students in general are at a significantly higher risk of alcohol related problems than almost any other population, the first 6 weeks of a student’s freshman year are an extremely vulnerable time for alcohol related problems. The Prevention Services team would like to ask parents, family members and friends to help us with our goal to reduce the dangers associated with substance use by talking with your students about their alcohol and/or substance use. For a list of talking points and questions to help get these conversations started please visit, Talking Points for Parents.

For more information visit What Parents Need to Know About College Binge Drinking.

Additional Support & Questions
Parents can find suggested resources and reading materials via our Counseling Center that provide insight and support to supporting your student as they navigate this new journey. For questions or concerns please feel free to call our Parents’ HelpLine (919) 515.2441 or email us at