Empowering your student

Going to college is a huge step for both the student and their families. Here are a few tips to ensure that your student is empowered, confident, and ready to take on their first year at AU. 

Personal Care

  • Know how to make appointments for either a doctor, dentist, etc. Also, educate your student about health services on campus, and how it can be a great resource for overall health and well-being.
  • Strong mental health is important. Remind your student that it is okay to seek help if they are struggling with things like classes or relationships. Counseling services is a free resource on campus that any student can use.
  • Be sure your student knows how to do his/her own laundry.
  • Help your student know how to stay safe physically and digitally. Some examples of this are knowing how to lock the door, not walking alone at night, password protection, and keeping valuable items in a secure place.

Life Management

  • Waking up on time is vital for a student. Help show your student effective ways to make it on time for those pesky 8 a.m. classes.
  • Money is something you simply can’t live without. Students should learn how to have healthy spending habits and be financially responsible. Teach your student proper budgeting techniques, which is a lifelong skill they will always utilize.
  • It’s memorization time! Knowing family phone numbers, insurance information, social security numbers, etc. are important for being on your own. Encourage your student to remember this essential data.
  • Living with someone brand new can be a tough transition. Some simple tips and tricks to help your student be a good roommate (i.e., cleaning up after yourself, establishing quiet hours, setting boundaries) can make that transition a little easier.


  • When getting a parking pass on campus, students need to know the make and model of their vehicle and their license plate number.
  • Help your student know how to tell if he/she needs basic maintenance on their vehicle such as an oil change, low tire pressure, etc.
  • In a worst-case scenario, does your student know who to contact first in a car accident?

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.

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