Some useful tips to help your new Denison student transition into college.
Some useful tips to help your new Denison student transition into college.
A warm hello to our Denison family!
Parents and Families
May 2020
With everything going on in the news and our hometowns, it is a delight to focus on welcoming your student into the Denison community. We are also thrilled to welcome you to the Denison Family! Throughout your student’s transition to Denison, we will send you occasional emails with timely family news and information to help your student thrive.
Resources for Denison Family Members
As a companion piece to the First-Year Guide your student received, this Family Resource Guide holds many valuable tools for you and is meant to be a resource for you throughout your student’s career at Denison. We hope discussions about life at Denison will emerge as you review this guide and your student reviews our First-Year Guide.
More of a “paper person”? No problem. If you would like to receive a hard copy of the Family Resource Guide, please let us know by submitting this linked form, and we will be happy to mail you a copy.
Notice: Reminder of upcoming deadlines
A friendly reminder to encourage your student to register for June Orientation, or “June-O” as we like to call it. All incoming students will register for one of six online June Orientation sessions. International students have the option to participate in one of the six online June-O sessions, or to go through our traditional international student advising and registration process. The deadline to register for June Orientation is Friday, May 15. There is no charge for virtual June Orientation, and we hope you will consider attending the family portion of the program!
Additionally, please encourage your student to review the Form Deadlines to ensure they have completed the appropriate forms on time.
Advising Circles
As your student thinks about their first-semester classes, we encourage them to sign up for an Advising Circle, or AC 101. In this one-credit course, each group of 10 to 12 first-year students meets with their faculty advisor and a peer mentor. They discuss a wide range of topics that lead them to a fuller understanding of life at college and the Denison community. The class meets once a week during the fall semester and once a month over the spring semester. Students have found it to be very helpful as they transition to life at Denison.
Thoughts from a Denison family member:
“I was impressed when Denison instituted and explained Advising Circles to me prior to my daughter’s arrival on campus her first year. During that first fall semester, I asked her how school was going several times, and it was clear to me in her stories that her AC was helping her transition successfully to college life. Advising Circles offer opportunities to share common experiences and challenges, ask questions, and build personal connections. I must say I was actually a bit envious of her — I really would have benefitted from something like this at my college.” — David Ross, Denison Parent
Parents and Families
Healthy transition for students with continuing care needs
College is a time for students to develop personal agency and take ownership of their education, health, and wellness. To support students in these efforts, Denison has a variety of resources available. For students with a history of medical concerns, behavioral health issues, or physical or learning accessibility needs, now is the time to have an important conversation about their continuing care. You and your student should develop a plan to use the many great resources provided by the college and consider whether it is necessary to identify resources in the Granville community, as well.
To support the holistic health and well-being of students, The Wellness Center at Whisler Hall offers a wide range of services by highly trained, experienced and licensed physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, psychologists, counselors, and clinical social workers. Students who use medication should plan in advance for prescription renewals while away from their home provider.
You may find helpful a resource titled Starting the Conversation: College and Your Mental Health, published by the National Association for Mental Health and the JED Foundation, a national nonprofit organization that supports the emotional and mental health of teens and young adults. JED also has published Set to Go, a transition of care guide for families.
The Academic Resource Center offers a wide range of services for all students, including peer tutoring, the S.O.A.R. (Strategies, Organization, & Academic Resources) Flight School academic skills building series, and general time management/study strategy consultations by appointment. If your student requires reasonable accommodations at Denison based on a disability, they should contact the Academic Resource Center to discuss their specific needs and how to submit current documentation over the summer.
Questions for The Wellness Center may be directed to, and questions for the Academic Resource Center may be directed to We are looking forward to partnering with you and supporting your student as they continue to develop independence in college.
Stay connected to Denison!
Keep up with all of the great things going on at Denison by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. In addition, you can download the Denison app for the latest news and upcoming events.
We also encourage you to visit our Parent & Families web section, where you’ll find important information and timely reminders.
Go Big Red!
Kristy Barngrover Clear ’10
Senior Associate Director
Alumni and Family Engagement
Parents and Families
Office of Alumni & Family Engagement | 740-587-6634 |
Denison University, 100 West College Street, Granville, OH 43023 | 740-587-0810 |
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