It is our belief that your understanding of Portland State University, and the support that you provide to your PSU student, will assist in their ability to be successful.

One of the most challenging transitions for a parent to make is adjusting to the changes that accompany sending their student off to college. To help you with this transition, we've assembled a list of the resources our student's parents look for most often. 

Have you used any of these resources? Are there others you would recommend? Send a review to We might use your recommendations for other parents. Happy reading!

Freshman Parent Resources

Academic Resources

Student Life

Student Health & Safety

Beyond Graduation

Additional Reading

  • Don't Tell Me What To Do, Just Send Money: The Essential Parenting Guide to the College Years, Second Edition; Helen E. Johnson, Christine Schelhas-Miller; 2011
  • Letting Go: A Parent's Guide to Understanding the College Years, Fifth Edition; Karen Levin Coburn, Madge Lawrence Treeger; 2009
  • You're On Your Own (But I'm Here if You Need Me): Mentoring Your Child During the College Years; Marjorie Savage; 2009