UMass Boston

Resources to share with family and friends

For many students, joining the UMass Boston community will be their first experience living away from home for a prolonged time. Here are some helpful resources that can help you and your student better communicate about their life on campus. 

Resources for UMass Boston Parents, Families, & Friends 

Supporting your student as they start their college career at UMass Boston 
UMass Boston family workshops and programs

UMass Boston Health Services Counseling Center 
The counseling center continues to offer services through telehealth for students

Additional Resources

Prepare your student before arrival on campus

Transitioning to College: Parents Can Help Ease the Process 
The JED website offers a wealth of information about how to best prepare your student before arrival on campus, as well as how to navigate mental health and wellness while in college. 

Start the Conversation: College and Your Mental Health 

Transition to College: Separation and Change for Parents and Students 

The Healthy Student: Preparing for the College Years

College Parents of America 

Helping Your First Year College Student Succeed: A Guide for Parents 

National Parent Helpline 
Available Monday-Friday, 12pm-9am CT emotional support and advocacy for parents:1-855-427-2736 

Book recommendations for families, friends, and students

Good Books for Families & Friends 

On Transition 

Letting Go: A Parents’ Guide to Understanding the College Years, Karen Levin Coburn, Madge Lawrence Treeger, 2009. 

She’s Leaving Home: Letting Go as a Daughter Goes to College, Connie Jones, 2002. 

Don’t Tell Me What To Do, Just Send Money by E. Johnson & Christine Schelhas-Miller, 2011. 

I'll Miss You Too: An Off-to-College Guide for Parents and Students: What Will Change, What Will Not, and How We'll Stay Connected by Margo E. Woodacre and Steffany Bane (2006)

Almost Grown: Launching Your Child From High School to College by Patricia Pasick (1998)

When Your Kid Goes to College: A Parent's Survival Guide by Carol Barkin (1999)

Helping Your Student 

A Parent’s Guide to Sex, Drugs, and Flunking Out: Answers to the Questions Your College Student Doesn’t Want You to Ask, Joel Epstein, 2001. 

You’re On Your Own (But I’m Here if You Need Me): Mentoring Your Child During the College Years, Marjorie Savage, 2003. 

For Students, Families & Friends 

College Rules! How to Study, Survive and Succeed in College, Sherrie L. Nist, Jodi Patrick Holschuh, Sherrie Nist, 2011. 

Your College Experience: Strategies for Success, John N. Gardner, A. Jerome Jewler, 2011. 

Chicken Soup for the College Soul: Inspiring and Humorous Stories About College, Mark Victor Hansen, Kimberly Kirberger, Dan Clark, Jack Canfield, 1999. 

College Of The Overwhelmed: The Campus Mental Health Crisis And What To Do About It by Richard Kadison, M.D. & Theresa Foy DiGeronimo, 2005. 

National Parent Helpline

National Parent Helpline is available Monday-Friday,12pm-9am CT and provides emotional support and advocacy for parents:1-855-427-2736. Being a parent is a critically important job, 24 hours a day. It’s not always easy. Call to get emotional support from a trained advocate and become empowered and a stronger parent.