Parents as Partners
In the Division of Student Affairs and the Dean of Students Office, we consider parents and families to be our partners with the shared goal of seeing our students thrive. Working together we are better able to provide support as our students encounter difficulty, encourage curiosity and new experiences inside and outside the classroom, celebrate moments of success, and challenge behaviors that are in conflict with who they are called to be.
As our partner, we ask that you encourage your student to take the lead in creating their collegiate experience; to make decisions that allow them to flourish – decisions that create consistency between what they believe and know they should do, and what they actually do. We ask you to support them in stepping outside of their comfort zone to engage in experiences and seek interactions they have not had before. Encourage your student to be contemplative and reflective, to identify and set goals for the college experience, and to live intentionally toward the achievement of those goals. Know that while they are with us, we will do the same.
Parents and families are often the first phone call when students encounter challenges and struggles. Sometimes they just need a listening ear. Sometimes you’ll want to offer more. As you offer support to your student, consider the following…
- Encourage your student to advocate for themselves. Listed below are resources for some commonly-asked student questions.
- Class Schedules/Choosing Majors/Registering for Classes: Office of Academic Advising
- Academic Help/Tutoring: Office of Academic Services
- Housing/Roommates: The Office of Residence Life & Housing
- Meal Plans/Dining Questions: PC Dining
- Involvement – Clubs & Organizations: The Office of Student Activities & Cultural Programming
- Spiritual Activities: Campus Ministry
- Illness/Injury: Student Health Center
- Counseling Services/Mental Health Concerns: Personal Counseling Center
- On-Campus Jobs – Student & GA Positions: Human Resources
- Internships and Post-Graduation Jobs: The Center for Career Education & Professional Development
- Campus Parking: The Office of Public Safety
- Financial Aid/Scholarships: The Office of Financial Aid
- Student Accounts – Bills/Charges: The Office of the Bursar
- Check out our Parents FAQ site for answers to some of parents’ most common student life questions.
- Providence College also has an office dedicated to supporting parents – please be sure to visit the PC Parent Program website to learn more about the comprehensive resources and programs the College has to support parents and families.