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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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 August...

Getting Started

It’s normal for both families and students to feel a combination of excitement and apprehension about starting college. Whether students grew up just a few blocks from the university or are traveling many miles, transitioning to a new environment and new routines is the name of the game this month. Everyone may feel a bit disoriented for a while; just remember to give yourself some time to adjust. Actively seeking out support and getting involved in new activities will help both families and students.

How Can Families Help?

  • Reassure your student that they have a place in the family and in your home regardless of the changes. Having a stable home base helps students adjust to college.
  • Encourage your student to get involved. Students who get connected with campus life tend to do better academically, learn to manage their time and have an easier adjustment. Go to for more information on student involvement opportunities.
  • If your student is living in the residence halls, suggest they get to know their Resident Assistant (RA) and neighbors. If your student is living at home, let them know you’re happy to hear they stayed on campus to study or spend time with friends.
  • It can feel strange for families to hear about new people and routines in students’ lives. Remind yourself that developing new support networks helps students to be successful.



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