Recent research shows today's students consider their parents to be their best advisors. As students adjust to college life, the challenges of living away from home, and a more rigorous academic environment, they will be calling you for advice. They will seek your support and affirmation that they can be successful at Saint Anselm College.

We believe that living on campus makes this transition easier for students and their parents. Residential Life and Education Staff are focused on helping your student have a successful year. We also hope to provide parents with information necessary to be effective advisors for your students. Please browse this Web site to find more information to help your student have a successful college career.

Once your student checks into their residence hall and begins classes, all their records; including but not limited to academic records, medical records, judicial (student conduct) records, etc. are protected by the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). While the Residential Life Staff is here to help you and your student, we may not be able to give you all the information you were once used to receiving, without prior consent from your student.

When and Who to Call if You Have Concerns

If you are concerned about your student, the Residential Life and Education staff is here to help you. We will provide you with what information we can without violating FERPA, and work with you to come to a solution.

Please contact your student's Resident Director or Area Coordinator directly with your concerns. If we don't know there is a problem, we can't help, but if we are made aware of a problem, we can act accordingly.


  • Books for Families

    Letting Go
    by: Karen Levin Coburn & Madge Lawrence
    This book provides guidance for the transition from high school to college.

    When Your Kid Goes to College
    by: Carol Barkin
    This book provides support, reassurance and helpful tips for handling this inevitable but difficult separation.

    Parental Concerns in College Student Mental Health
    by: Leighton C. Whitaker
    This book serves as a guide for parents about how your parent/child relationship will change while your child is at college. It also explains why the change occurs and provides suggestions on how to cope with this potentially difficult time.

    You're On Your Own (But I'm Here If You Need Me)
    by: Marjorie Savage
    This book is written by the Director of the Parent Program at the University of Michigan. It addresses the months before your student will leave for college and the social and academic adjustments that your student will face. One feature of this book that is useful is the college calendar in the back; it highlights some of the issues that your student might face in each year of his/her college career.

    Chicken Soup for the College Soul
    by: Mary Catherine Bateson
    A collection of stories that deals with the variety of emotions that incoming students experience.

    Campus Life Exposed
    by: Harlen Cohen
    This book uses letters, stories from newspapers and online columns to answer questions one might have about college.

    Empty Nest, Full Heart
    by: Andrea Van Steenhouse
    This book discusses the transition from high school to college and how to prepare the student as well as the parent.

    When Kids go to College
    by: Barbara & Phillip Newman
    This book allows for students and parents to think about college as not only educational but also as a time for social and emotional discovery.

    Don't Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money
    by: Helen Johnson & Christine Schelhas-Miller
    This book contains useful tips on how to prepare you and your child on what to expect when they are getting ready to go off to college, what you can do to help your student adjust to the ‘norms' of the first-year experience, what you can do to adjust when you have just gotten used to the ‘empty nest' and your student comes home, and what you can expect from your student's university or college.