One Shocker Family is committed to being here for you and your student throughout your college journey. At Wichita State, we want parents and family to feel engaged and connected.

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Keeping Connected

Shocker Family Programs

Starting a college career can be overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. Wichita State University offers a number of resources to help students make a successful transition to life as a Shocker. We are here to help your student transition academically and socially to campus by connecting them with the people, services, and support they need to get them to graduation and beyond.

We are here to encourage your student's well-being and academic success while at Wichita State. If you ever need to reach us, please call 316-978-3149 or email


This June...

Moving Forward

Another year of college — maybe the first — is under your student’s belt. Many students choose to take summer courses to get ahead or to try out new subject areas. You and your student should be mindful of the fact that summer courses can be more demanding than those in the spring or fall; this is because the same amount of material must be covered in a shorter amount of time. Students may want to consider consulting with their academic advisor before enrolling in summer classes.

Summer is a quieter time to take stock of the past year and readjust if needed. Expect students to push for even more independence and be increasingly future-oriented. This will inevitably create changing dynamics in the family. Take time to listen to each other’s perspectives, set boundaries where necessary, and compromise with each other as much as possible. Remember, adjustments take time, and your student has developed some new perspectives from which the whole family can benefit.

How Can Families Help?

  • Review the events of the past academic year together. Identify successes and problem areas and ask your student for feedback about how they plan to adjust.
  • Review your student’s financial needs for the coming year. Evaluate changes that may be needed for money management.
  • Increase expectations for your student’s personal decision making and taking care of academic/career responsibilities.




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