Take full advantage of the S&T website!

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On August 8, 2023

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When your son or daughter was in the midst of the search process for college, chances are that he or she (and possibly you) spent countless hours poring over college websites.  College websites have become an extremely important admissions tool.  Many students who visit colleges say that they were drawn to a particular college because of its website.  Admissions professionals work hard to make their sites not only informative, but also appealing and representative of the institution.

Once your child heads to college, you should begin to look at Missouri S&T’s website differently.  As a parent of a college student, you’re no longer looking at a website to evaluate the institution, but using it to gather information, and to have a sense of the place where your student will be spending significant time during the coming years.  Use this tool to its fullest advantage.  Spend time browsing the site, looking at and beyond the “For Parents” section. 

The following are ten suggestions for parents on how to look at the college website to gather the most information:

Look at the pictures.

Spend some time browsing the website to look at the pictures of the students.  This will give you a sense of the students at the college and the activities in which they are engaged.  Yes, colleges do put their “best foot forward” on the sites, but you will certainly get a feel for the institution.  Who knows, you may even spot your own son or daughter!

Explore the college catalog.

Missouri S&T posts its college catalog online. The college catalog has almost all of the important information a student needs to know.  In addition to course descriptions and major requirements, the catalog will tell you college policies, procedures, deadlines, special programs, contact information, graduation requirements, and much, much more.  Remember, the more you know, the more you can direct your student toward important information.

Check out the “For Parents” section.

Although you may not want to limit yourself to looking at just the “For Parents” section of the website, don’t overlook it.  Be sure to check out the Missouri S&T Parent and Family Relations webpage, which gives a wealth of information and resources specifically geared towards families. There you will find a parents’ Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) page, and how to sign up for the Family Connection, a weekly emailed newsletter with campus news and updates.  The Family and Friends Weekend page includes the schedule for the weekend, hotel information, and how to register. Definitely take advantage of information available in the parents’ section.  It is one way in which the college can reach out to you as a parent.

Check the calendar.

One of the advantages of an on-line calendar is that it doesn’t go out of date once it is printed. Refer to the Academic Calendar for important dates, deadlines, and events.  End of semester dates are especially important if you need to make travel or other arrangements for your student.

Explore upcoming campus events.

Checking out the events coming up on campus will give you a sense of campus life.  It may also give you something interesting to talk about with your student.  Ask him if he is planning to attend an event.  Ask how it was. Encourage him to take advantage of the opportunities available on campus. Check out the Missouri S&T Event Calendar for trending and upcoming events. Students may use MinerLink to post meeting dates and events for their campus organizations.

Look for important contact information.

Keeping in mind that you should only be contacting offices at the college as a last resort, the website can be a source of information about who to contact, and how to contact them, if you need help.  As you encourage your college student to take responsibility and deal with any issues, you may be able to help him by steering him to the correct person by using the search function to find the desired department.

Spend some time with the campus map.

Looking at the Missouri S&T Campus Map will give you a better sense of the college and will help you to visualize your college student’s life and routine.  Find her residence hall on the map.  Look for the Havener Center and major classroom buildings.  Try to imagine her getting around campus.  The more closely we can imagine the daily routine of our students, the more comfortable we become with it.

Check out campus life activities.

This is another way to visualize your student’s routine, and to talk to him about things happening on campus.  Look at the Registered Student Organizations on campus for clubs and organizations, and their meetings and events.  Look at Leach Theatre’s schedule for upcoming plays, concerts and performance. Check out Miner Athletics for schedules and major games or matches.

Look to see what academic support might be available to your student.

If your student is struggling or has academic questions, refer your student to the S&T Student Success Center for tutoring.  If you understand what is available you can do more to encourage him to explore his options.  The Curtis Laws Wilson Library offers many services and resources.  The S&T Advising Center provides quality advising services and offers many resources.

Look at housing information.

Check S&T Residential Life carefully for housing deadlines, including the deadlines for housing deposits.  Look at the different housing options so you’ll be informed as your student talks about his living arrangements. The Residence Hall Guide and Residential Life Housing Policy are also available.

Colleges are using their websites to post more and more information.  Take advantage of the amount of information they are sharing.  Have fun imagining your student at college as you check out the website.


Author of Article: Vicki Nelson. Article adapted from collegeparentcentral.com.  Please Note: Missouri S&T does not endorse or have a relationship with SOURCE and articles are provided for information purposes only.  Missouri S&T and SOURCE do not assume responsibility for error or omission in materials.  

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