Information for Parents & Supporters


If you are reading this, chances are someone you know is preparing to embark on a new and exciting stage of life – their university experience. The transition to university can be an exhilarating yet anxious time for the first-year student. As a supporter, you play a vital role in helping your student adjust to a new environment and the increased freedom and responsibility that comes with it. At the same time, you will no doubt be experiencing mixed emotions of your own, ranging from pride and excitement, to worry.

The Parent & Supporter Guide discusses some of the changes and challenges that you may experience and offers some tips on how to support your first-year student as they join the Saint Mary’s community.

Please remember: there are many people on campus who are happy to help and answer any question you may have. Do not hesitate to contact us!

Parents & Supporters can also review the New to SMU Guide provided for students. The tips, advice, and resources in the student guide can help students throughout their entire university experience.

Previous Parent & Supporter Orientation (2020)

This event took place online on September 6, 2020. A video recording of the online event can be found here. The presentation from that session can be found here.

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