Opening Days

For Parents and Family

Opening Days is designed with not only the new student but also the parents and family members in mind. We have carefully created a separate parent program designed to give parents the information they need and want. The parent program includes specific parent concerns, such as separating from your child and staying in touch, and also allows you to meet and socialize with other Willamette parents that live in your neighborhood.

While Opening Days is filled with activities to best prepare your new student, Parent and Family Weekend is a program in the fall designed specifically for you.

Information for 2014 Opening Days Parents and Family

We know that you probably have many questions about different programs and departments on campus. Here are some links to some of the departments on campus which parents tend to have questions for:

Books on College Transition for Students and Parents

Ahmad, Shaheena. The Yale Daily News Guide to Succeeding in College. New York: Kaplan Books, 1997.

Arrington, Zach. Confessions of a College Freshman. Tulsa, Oklahoma: RiverOak Publishing, 2001.

Barkin, Carol. When Your Kid Goes to College: A Parents' Survival Guide. New York: Avon Books, 1999.
After author's son went off to college she interviewed parents around the country to get their perspectives.

Bickle, Bruce and Stan Jantz. Real Life Begins After High School. Ann Arbor, Michigan: Servant Publications, 2005.

Brody, Janis. Bringing Home the Laundry: Effective Parenting for College and Beyond. Dallas: Taylor Publishing Co., 2000.

Coburn, Karen Levin and Madge Lawrence Treeger. Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years. New York: Harper Collins, 5th ed.
Co-authored by a College Dean and a psychotherapist.

Cohen, Harlan. The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College. Napierville: Sourcebooks, Inc., 2011, 4th ed.

Combs, Patrick. Major in Success: Make College Easier, Fire Up Your Dreams, and Get a Very Cool Job. Berkley, California: Ten Speed Press, 2007, 5th ed.

Dobkin, Rachel and Shana Sippy. The College Woman's Handbook. New York: Workman Publishing, 1995.

Gibbs, George. Campus Daze: Easing the Transition from High School to College. Alexandria: Octameron Associates, 2007, 9th ed.

Grayson, Paul A. and Philip W. Meilman. Beating the College Blues. New York: Check Mark Books, 1999.

Hanson, Jennifer. The Real Freshman Handbook: A Totally Honest Guide to Life On Campus. New York: Mariner Books, 2002.

Johnson, Helen E., Christine Schelhas-Miller. Don't Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money:The Essential Parenting Guide to the College Years. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2000.

Jones, Connie. She's Leaving Home. Kansas City: Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2002.  Only used copies available.

Jones, Marilee and Ginsburg, Kenneth. Less Stress, More Success: A New Approach to Guiding Your Teen Through College Admissions and Beyond. American Academy of Pediatrics, 2006.
By an admissions director at MIT and a pediatrician.

Kastner, Laura and Wyatt, Jennifer. The Launching Years. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2002.

Latzko, Marian B. I Can Do It! A Micropedia of Living on Your Own. Appleton, Wisconsin: MICROLIFE, 1996.
Only used copies available.

Light, Richard J. Making the Most of College: Students Speak Their Minds. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2004.

Litt, Ann Selkowitz. The College Student's Guide to Eating Well On Campus. Bethesda, Maryland: Tulip Hill Press, 2005.

O'Callaghan, Karin R. Money Management for College Students. Hollywood, Florida: Frederick Fell Publishers, Inc., 2002.

Pasick, Patricia. Almost Grown: Launching Your Child from High School to College. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1998.

Rich, Jason. The Everything College Survival Book: From Social Life to Study Skills --All You Need to Fit Right In. Holbrook: Adams Media Corp., 2005.

Rollins, C.E. 52 Ways to Get Along With Your College Roommate. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1994.
Only used copies available.

Rubenstone, Sally and Dalby, Sidonia. Panicked Parents Guide to College Admissions. (Chapter 1) Peterson's, 2002.
Only used copies available.

Savage, Marjorie. You're On Your Own(but I'm here if you need me): Mentoring Your Child During the College Years. Fireside, 2009.

Seaman, Barrett. What Your College Student Won't Tell You. Indianapolis: Wiley, 2005.

Smith, M.J., Smith and Fred Smith. The Smart Student's Guide to Healthy Living. Oakland: New Harbinger Publications, Inc., 2006.

Steenhouse, Andrea Van. Empty Nest… Full Heart: Journey from Home to College. Denver: Simpler Life Press, 2002, 2nd ed.
Practical advice from a mom/PhD Psychologist.

Woodacre, Margo Bane and Steffany Bane. I'll Miss You Too: An Off-to-College Guide for Parents and Students. Napierville: Sourcebooks, Inc., 2006.