Orientation and Transition Information for Families

As the family member of a new student, we welcome you to the Hartwick community!

The Enrolling Students page will help your student prepare for Welcome Weekend and the first semester. It also provides information about the first-year experience and support services.

Throughout your family’s transition to college life, keep in mind that this period of change can provide opportunities such as:

  • A chance to know each other on a different level and find new means of communication;
  • A catalyst for healthy, sometimes necessary, sometimes difficult conversations;
  • An opportunity for you both to try new things and stretch beyond your comfort zone; and
  • An opportunity to miss (and gain a renewed sense of appreciation for) one another.

Family Transition Tips for Success
Common First Year Challenges
New Student Month-by-Month Transition Guide
Supporting Student Independence
If Your Student Is Struggling
Letting Go While Still Holding On