Partnership for Success

The Office of Parent Outreach and Development/Penn Parents is committed to partnering with you as you support your child in having a rich and rewarding experience at Penn.  Your child is embarking upon their academic career and student life as an independent adult. For many parents, this is uncharted territory. Therefore, we recognize this time of transition for you and your family and we feel it is important to provide you with insights from our University partners that may be useful for you.

Understanding the Transition to College

Wellness and Mental Health Resources at Penn


Freshman Parents

Senior Parents


Penn Parents Publications

Suggested Reading for College Parents and Families

Below are some books that may be helpful as you prepare for your journey as a Penn Parent:

Letting Go: A Parent's Guide to Understanding the College Years
Author: Karen Levin Coburn

Don't Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money: The Essential Parenting Guide to the College Years
Authors: Helen Johnson and Christine Schelhas-Miller

When Kids Go to College: A Parent's Guide to Changing Relationships
Authors: Barbara M. Newman and Philip R. Newman

The iConnected Parent: Staying Close to Our Kids (and Beyond) While Letting Them Grow Up
Authors: Barbara K. Hofer and Abigail Sullivan Moore