Information for New Parents

Welcome Weekend Details

We at Biola want to provide you and your student with the support and resources you need for a seamless transition in your first semester. Over the summer, students are assigned to an SOS (Student Orientation Services) Leader. These students will serve as guides and resources to you and your student during the summer months, during welcome week and throughout the first months of your student’s semester.

SOS has a full week of activities planned for students starting with move-in, August 30 through September 8. Parent Relations will be providing two days, Thursday and Friday, of seminars meant to inform, encourage and support you as a parent, family member or sponsor.

The Student Orientation and the Parent and Family Welcome schedules will be available in early July. Check back soon for details!

Summer Reading

There are a variety of books written for the new parent of a college student, but there are three in particular that provide excellent information:

  1. A Parent’s Guide to the Christian College by Ream, Herrmann and Trudeau explains college student development from a Christian perspective and how parents play a pivotal role in the continued growth of their son or daughter.
  2. The iConnected Parent by Barbara Hofer and Abigail Sullivan Moore is a thoughtful and timely guide for today’s college parents. In our hyper-connected culture of smart phones, FaceTime and Skype, parents are finding it harder than ever to “let go,” and college students are taking longer to develop autonomy.
  3. You’re On Your Own (but I’m here if you need me), by Marjorie Savage, the Parent Program director at the University of Minnesota for the past 19 years. Savage offers tips on how to cope with the changes that will take place in your child’s and your family’s life.

Grad Gift Ideas

Wondering what to get your student in preparation for life at Biola? Here are some suggestions:

  1. Gift cards to restaurants near Biola – Panera Bread, Starbucks, In-N-Out, The Habit, Pieology, Menchie's and more.
  2. Smart Phone
  3. AAA membership
  4. Noise-canceling headphones
  5. Reusable to-go container for taking their Caf meal on the run
  6. Student To Student: A Guide to College Life by Biola professors Paul Buchanan and Paula Miller
  7. A Biola Bookstore Gift Card
  8. Mini Tool Kit
  9. Annual Disneyland Pass
  10. Biola University T-shirt or Hoodie

Summer Tasks: Student Edition

  1. Finish Financial Aid forms — can be seen under “Student Financials” on myaccount.biola.edu
  2. Finish Enrollment via MyAccount.Biola.edu
    • All tasks must be finished and payment received by August 15 to avoid $200 late fee
  3. If housing on campus, connect with roommate via phone, email or social media
  4. Sign up for SOS events
  5. Review classes and make changes after July 7
  6. Submit Health Forms
  7. Purchase or rent books
  8. Complete online modules (campus safety and community life) on Canvas.Biola.edu

Summer Tasks: Parent Edition

  1. Make travel arrangements if necessary for Welcome Weekend, August 30–31
  2. Mark your calendar for Family Weekend October 26–27
  3. Begin conversations with your students about:
    1. Breaks
      • Thanksgiving and Easter, will they be coming home?
      • If they are not coming home, where will they be?
        • Suggestions: Encourage your student to start talking to new friends in October about Thanksgiving and February about Easter. Encourage them to be honest about their plans and that they are looking for a place to spend the break. They most likely will be happily surprised by the offers they receive.
    2. Communication
      • How often would they like to hear from you?
      • How would they like to communicate — text, call, email, all of the above?
    3. Academic Expectations
      • Grades
      • Resources
      • Work/Life balance
    4. Health
      • Taking responsibility for their health
      • Taking medications
      • Making appointments
    5. Budgeting
      • How should they budget?
      • What financial support they will receive from you? Will basic necessities like shampoo and toothpaste be paid by you or by them?
      • Do you want them finding a job in their first semester?