Resources & Publications


The University of Wisconsin–Madisonʼs Parent and Family Program serves as a key resource for parents and family members as they support their student through their college career. In addition to the services offered by our program we have highlighted a few other resources that are of interest to parents.


Cover of the 2017–18 Parent and Family Program Calendar and Handbook.

The 2017–18 Calendar and Handbook for Badger Families will be released in June and sent out automatically to all families by July. First-year and transfer students and their families will be able to pick up a calendar at SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising and Registration.)

A downloadable PDF version of the calendar can be accessed here: 2017–18 Parent Calendar.


Cover page of the Badger Parent Welcome newsletter, April 2017

The Welcome newsletter is a publication that we send to parents of incoming students each year. It gives information on who we are as the Parent and Family Program, provides key dates, and addresses topics such as orientation, college finances, and how families can stay connected to their students and the vibrant Madison community.
« Download the Welcome newsletter (PDF)


The Badger Parent online newsletter.Badger Parent Newsletter, published five times per year and e-mailed to all members of the Parent and Family Program. Join the Parent and Family Program to begin receiving newsletters or view past issues.

Web chats

Screen shot of a campus web chat.The Parent and Family Program, in collaboration with other campus offices, sponsors several web chats throughout the year. Topics include how to make housing decisions, learning about financial aid resources, and more. You can also view the archives for past web chats.


Still frame from a YouTube video entitled "Making a Housing Decision". Recorded during Parents' Weekend, 2011.YouTube Channel — features things like Family Weekend sessions and videos from other Badger families about their transition as a parent with a new student.


Logo for College Parents of America.

College Parents of America is a national organization dedicated to providing resources for both future and current college parents. Its mission is to empower parents to best support their children throughout their college experience. Resources provided on the website are not directly endorsed by the Parent and Family Program, but may provide useful ideas and information.


Cover of the Badger Parent "Staying Connected" newsletter.

Each year we publish a Staying Connected newsletter, sent to parents of graduating students, which addresses the many ways that parents and families can stay engaged, informed, and connected to UW–Madison and to the vibrant Madison community. Parents and family members are invited to remain part of the Parent and Family Program for as long as they would like.
« Download the Staying Connected newsletter (PDF)

Campus publications

Campus News

The homepage for University of Wisconsin–Madison news.It’s easy to stay informed about campus news and events. The UW–Madison homepage is a great resource for featured news stories, listings of important events, and links to other campus sites that will take you inside everything that’s happening at the university.

Inside UW

Screen shot of the "Inside UW–Madison" website.Inside UW–Madison is the university’s electronic employee newsletter. It is delivered directly to approximately 30,000 employees, graduate assistants, retirees and campus affiliates every Tuesday and Thursday morning. Produced by University Communications.

The Weekly

Screen shot of "The Weekly" website.A weekly email newsletter and website for UW–Madison students. Featuring helpful, fun and inspiring posts from social media and the campus web. Produced by University Communications.


On Wisconsin

Image of the cover of "On Wisconsin" Magazine.The Wisconsin Alumni Association publishes On Wisconsin, in partnership with University Communications and the UW Foundation. On Wisconsin reports on key research projects and events at UW Madison as well as alumni news. It’s a great way to keep connected with the campus.




The Parent and Family Program does not directly endorse the books listed, however we have read and reviewed them and found that they contain valuable tips for parents. If you have favorite books that helped you prepare to be the parent of a college student, please e-mail us so we can share additional titles with other parents.

Transition to College

  • Almost Grown: Launching Your Child from High School to College by Patricia Pasick
  • A New Beginning: A Survival Guide for Parents of College Freshmen by Kaye B. McGary
  • When Your Kid Goes to College: A Parents Survival Guide by Carol Barkin
  • When Kids Go to College: A Parents Guide to Changing Relationships by Barbara Newman and Philip Newman
  • How to Survive Your Freshman Year: By Hundreds of College Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors Who Did by Mark W. Bernstein and Yadin Kaufmann
  • Navigating the First College Year a Guide for Parents by Richard H. Mullendore and Cathie Hatch
  • In Addition to Tuition: The Parents’ Survival Guide to Freshman Year of College by Marian Edelman Borden, Mary Anne Burlinson, and Elsie R. Kearns
  • Emptying the Nest: Launching Your Young Adult toward Success and Self-Reliance by Brad Sachs
  • Letting Go: A Parents’ Guide to Today’s College Experience by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger
  • Empty Nest…Full Heart: The Journey from Home to College by Andrea Van Steenhouse
  • The Truth About College: 50 Lessons for Parents Before They Start Writing Checks by Will Keim

College Success

  • The Parent’s Crash Course in Career Planning by Marcia B. Harris and Sharon L. Jones
  • Don’t Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money by Helen E. Johnson and Christine Schelhas-Miller
  • The iConnected Parent: Staying Close with Your Kids in College (and Beyond) While Letting Them Grow Up by Barbara K. Hofer and Abigail Sullivan Moore
  • You’re On Your Own (but I’m here if you need me): Mentoring Your Child During the College Years by Marjorie Savage
  • Bringing Home the Laundry: Effective Parenting for College and Beyond by Janice Brody
  • Parents’ Guide to College Life: 181 Straight Answers by Robin Raskin
  • Millennials Go to College: Strategies for a New Generation on Campus by Neil Howe and William Strauss
  • College Rules! How to Study, Survive and Succeed in College by Sherrie Nist-Olejnik and Jodi Patrick Holschuh
  • Let the Journey Begin: A Parent’s Monthly Guide to the College Experience by Jacqueline Kiernan

Preparing for the Future

  • Coin: The Irreverent Yet Practical Guide to Money Management for Recent College Graduates by Judy McNary
  • Graduate to a Great Job: Make Your College Degree Pay Off in Today’s Market by David DeLong
  • Millenials Rising: The Next Great Generation by Neil Howe and William Strauss

Parent to Parent Advice

Listed below are “words of wisdom” recently provided by parents of UW students:

  • Encourage your student to get involved and take advantage of affordable access to many opportunities.
  • Keep in touch, whether through phone conversations, e-mail, or texting.
  • Remember not to criticize when you don’t approve of some of the things your student might be trying—there are important lessons in these experiences.
  • Donʼt get upset when you student changes majors; this could happen more than once.
  • Emphasize that while UW offers tremendous opportunities, students must take the initiative to pursue these opportunities.
  • Encourage the use of all resources available to ensure success. Students shouldnʼt be afraid to ask for help when they need it. Remind them to be persistent and to not give up.
  • Be mindful not to let your own likes or dislikes influence your studentʼs career choices. If you would like to offer advice or provide us with a story that we can share with other parents, please send it to