Academic Advising

Academic Advising - Parents

Our Advising staff would like to welcome you and your student to HPU!  The beginning of your student's university education is an exciting time!  There are many things to learn and so many choices to make. We encourage you to read the following information to find answers to common questions and concerns as well as to become more informed about important information related to the college experience.  And if you need more help... don't hesitate to ask an advisor for help!

 

Tips for parents:

Tip 1:

Attend Passport Week with your son or daughter as part of the New Student Orientation (Fall, Spring, Summer). 

Tip 2:

View our Student Handbook. It’s full of information pertinent to your student's success here at HPU.

Tip 3:

Get informed about our First Year Program.

Tip 4:

Tell your son or daughter about our Secrets of Success workshops for expert advice on how to develop the habits and skills of a successful student.

Tip 5:

View the Academic Calendar for important dates and deadlines relating to registration, adding and dropping courses, tuition refunds, and more!

Tip 6:

Locate department staff, department offices, faculty e-mail, and phone numbers at this link for the Faculty and Staff Directory.

Tip 7:

Listen to your student!  Here's what our students would like parents to know...

A Student Perspective: What Parents Should Know

  •  Being a full-time student is like having a full-time job and then some.  The only difference is that college is not a 9 - 5 job; evening and weekend studying is required.  Every one hour of class requires 2 - 3 hours of preparation and study.
  • There are other expenses in addition to tuition:  Add/drop fees, books and supplies, lab fees, housing and transportation fees, activity fees, etc.
  • Administrative processes take time and may not be completed within a single visit.  The offices may not be in the same building and if I can't make an appointment, I must wait in line.
  • There is a great amount of social stress that results from the transition from high school to college.  It is not uncommon that students feel a great amount of stress in the first year of college.
  • Academic expectations and demands are much greater than in high school!

A student’s transition to college can be as challenging for you parents as it is for your student!  Helping your son or daughter make the transition to a university setting raises a lot of questions, and finding the balance between guiding your student and supporting their independence can also be a challenge.  Here are some tips to help you help them!

Encourage your son or daughter to: 

Tip 1:

Choose their own majors and careers!  Explore by taking an interest-inventory survey at the Career Services Center.  Research various career fields, choose courses of interest, try various internships, summer jobs, and student exchange programs

Tip 2:

Get involved at HPU!  Join campus and leadership activities within student organizations and volunteer activities.  In addition to broadening your student's horizons, these activities will contribute to a well-rounded resume!

Tip 3:

Establish strong relationships with advisors and faculty.  Maintain open communication about grades and academic progress. 

Tip 4:

Hone their lifelong learning skills!  Discipline and organization don't just happen, they are skills that need to be practiced!  Join our Secrets of Success workshops for practical tips in time management, organized and effective note taking, overcoming test-taking anxiety, handling conflict, physical and emotional well-being, basic nutrition, and more!

Tip 5:

Emphasize to your student that s/he is responsible for her/his education.

Tip 6:

Don't wait until it's too late-- contact the Tutoring and Testing Center for tutorials at the first sign of struggle.

Tip 7:

Be proactive in their overall well being.  Our staff at the Counseling and Behavioral Health Services Center offer free services to all HPU students.