Just for U: Parents and Families

UMass is a large and diverse community made up of students with a variety of backgrounds and experiences.  Whether your student is a freshmen or a senior, from in state or across the globe, the Office of Parent Services wants to partner with you in supporting your student's pursuit of a successful undergraduate career at UMass. 

Parent Class Year Notes

Whether students are in their first or their last year at UMass, we want to make sure they are on track to a successful future beyond the university. We have provided a helpful guideline for each class year to assist parents and families in partnering with their student throughout their college experience.

Family Groups

Our campus is made up of all kinds of students and we acknowledge the diverse experience they bring to the university. We have provided useful information for families in these communities to share with their student. These groups include First Generation, International, Off Campus, Out of State, Transfer, and Veterans.

UMass Amherst Family to Family Facebook Group

Join the UMass Amherst Family to Family Facebook group -  A closed online group designed by the UMAPA Advisory Council for UMass Amherst undergraduate families.  You can join the group to connect with other UMass families, ask questions, organize meetups, lead discussion topics, and much more.  Advisory Council Members are available to administer the group, answer questions, and share their experiences and perspectives with other UMass Amherst Parents.

Family to Family Blog

Check out UMass Amherst Family to Family – a blog written by UMass Amherst Parents Association (UMAPA) Advisory Council members! Find insights, advice, and resources for current and prospective parents from experienced UMass Amherst parents. Worried about your student being homesick? Wondering how to connect with on-campus clubs? Looking for advice on Move-In and Move-Out? Need ideas on how to help your student find an internship? Articles are added regularly. Whether you discover this site early in your student’s college career or when planning for graduation and the world beyond college, the UMAPA hopes you’ll find it helpful.