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The below sections includes important information for you and your student. You’ll find quick links to NIU resources and other important information. Our hope is this information is useful to you as you support your student at NIU.

Recommended Readings

  • Don’t Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money
    by Helen E. Johnson & Christine Schelhas-Miller

  • Empty Nest, Full Heart: The Journey from Home to College
    by Andrea Van Steenhouse, Ph.D.

  • The iConnected Parent (Staying Close to your Kids in College (and Beyond) While letting them Grow up
    Barbara K. Hofer, Ph.D., and Abigail Sullivan Moore

  • Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years
    by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger, pub. Quill
    Based on real-life experiences, Letting Go offers compassionate, practical, and up-to-the-minute information to help parents with the emotional and social changes of the college years. 

  • Parents’ Guide to College Life: 181 Straight Answers on Everything You Can Expect Over the Next Four Years
    by Robin Baskin

  • You're On Your Own (but I'm here if you need me)
    by Marjorie Savage, pub. Simon & Schuster
    You're On Your Own helps parents identify the boundaries between necessary involvement and respect for their child's independence. Savage, a parent herself, empathizes with moms and dads and offers advice on wide-ranging issues.

Orientation & Family Connections 
023 Holmes Student Center
Northern Illinois University 
DeKalb, IL 60115-2898 

Facebookoffice:  815-753-1535
parents@niu.edu