Tips for Parents

We know that purposeful parental engagement can strengthen the student experience and promote academic achievement, exploration, individualization and adult independence. As such, the College seeks to partner with parents and families as we all work toward supporting this development and student success.

Supporting Your Student

At Holy Cross students are challenged to explore and discover their interests, gifts, talents and beliefs. As emerging adults, we hope your student is progressively taking steps to develop greater confidence and self-authorship as they make decisions regarding their academic and cocurricular pursuits and involvements.

As you navigate how to best support your student through College, please consider the following strategies:

Let your student take the lead and drive their educational, personal and career journeys. Don’t jump to solve challenges for them; rather, allow them some time to think and talk through the challenge, and suggest resources that may help them.
Encourage self-authorship
Ask your student purposeful questions (see conversation starter suggestions below) to better understand their college experience and to discover emerging interests, passions and involvements.
Seek to Understand
Encourage your student to explore and take risks in academic, experiential, and cocurricular pursuits.
Promote Exploration
Stay connected to happenings at the institution: Check your email, read the Holy Cross Monthly newsletter and Holy Cross Magazine, follow College social media and attend programs. Make sure you have completed the Family Information Form to ensure you rece
Stay Connected
If you have a concern about your student’s well-being, please be in touch with us.
Raise Concerns

Conversation Starters

As your student navigates their journey into and through Holy Cross, you can expect your role and conversations with them to evolve and change. Each year comes with new opportunities and challenges. Consider using these conversation starters as potential ways to discover more about your student’s experience and to consider how you can offer them support. Conversation starters will be updated a few times throughout the year, so be sure to revisit this page.

General Questions:

What classes are you most excited by this semester and why? What classes are you most challenged by and why?

How do you plan to spend your time during spring break - coming home? Travel with friends? Immersion opportunity? Rest on campus?

How are you taking care of yourself physically and mentally?

First-year students:

Where are you hoping to live next year? With whom?


What excites you/draws you to the major you are declaring?


Whether on-campus or studying away, what new people have you met? In what ways are they influencing you? 


In what ways did senior convocation and the reflections of your classmates inspire you to make the most of your remaining time at Holy Cross?

Students having lunch outside
Student Opportunities

Students are provided with a wide breadth of opportunities outside of the classroom that support what they are learning in the classroom. Encourage your students to explore during their time at Holy Cross. Here are some offices that can help support your students' exploration and discovery.