University can be a big leap for students with a significant investment in terms of time, money, and effort. Students are also trying to balance the expectations from parents, professors, and even themselves. Start the discussion about grade expectations, extracurricular involvement, and work hours, now.
Our experts can help
“What program should I take?”, “What are the requirements?”, and “What can I do with that degree?”, are quite common questions – and our expert staff are here to help! We can put you in touch with faculty and program advisors, and we also offer admissions advising at our many events throughout the year.
How you can help
Encourage your student to explore their options and keep an open mind. Some programs begin with a general first year of studies, giving students time to discover their aptitudes and interests. It's also quite normal for students to change majors and programs during their first few years as an undergraduate as their interests change and their ambitions grow.
The most important things you can do for your student as they prepare to enter university are to empower them to make informed decisions and to encourage their curiosity.
Workload and time management
At times, this can seem overwhelming – especially in first year. Encourage your student to build study time (and breaks) into their schedule, maintain a manageable workload, stay on top of their assignments, and access the many services and supports that are available to them.
A weekly timetable typically involves 15 hours of lecture time per week, plus labs for some courses. And for every hour spent in class, students can count on at least one to two hours of reading and assignments. As a result, a 40- to 60-hour “work week” is typical.
From tutoring and academic advising, to health care and mental wellness, to business and mentorship networks, student success at the U of A is everyone’s goal. Learn more »
Transition to University (T2U)
T2U is an online workshop designed for newly admitted students, to be taken before their first semester. T2U covers all the basics of academic and campus life, as well as university policies. Learn more »
Family Orientation for parents
Learn more about how university can affect your student, how you can support your student, and what services are available on campus. Family Orientation programs are available to parents, guardians, and any student newly admitted to the U of A.