Parents and Families

We know you have worked hard to support your student as they prepare for college.  We are ready to support your student and you as they begin this next phase, whether they are in college search process, have decided to attend Park University or have been a student here for a couple of years.

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Here are a list of resources to help you easily find the information and contacts you need to support your student.

Parent and Family Resources

Explore Park’s Majors and Programs – With Park’s 40 plus majors in three schools, chances are your student will find the right fit.

Academic Success Center – Worried that your student may struggle with the jump to college courses or have a student who needs extra help with that one subject? We offer a variety of free services to all our students to help them achieve academic success!

Academic Calendar – Find out the dates classes start and end plus when your student will be home for holidays and breaks.

Career Development – Not just for helping students find jobs after they graduate, our Career Development office offers services that include helping those undecided students choose a major, resume and cover letter assistance for landing that internship, tips on networking and developing a personal brand in the online world, applying for graduate school, and more!

Tuition – Park is proud to offer an affordable private liberal arts education where small class sizes, state-of-the-art facilities and knowledgeable faculty provide enduring value long after graduation.

Room and Board Rates – Dorm room costs plus meal plan options for Parkville, MO campus

Scholarship Opportunities – Explore all of the opportunities Park offers for scholarships including the Competitive Scholarships at the Parkville, MO campus. You will also find information on where to find external scholarships and information on how to apply.

Financial Aid – Information about Financial Aid, the FAFSA, student employment, estimating costs, and more.

Payment Policies – Instructions on how to make a payment through your student’s MyPark account.

Bookstore – Order books or buy some Pirate SWAG

Campus Map

Campus Safety – Register for a parking pass or sign up for Park Alert to have emergency alerts sent to your phone. Get to Know Our Campus Safety Office

Career Development – Not just for helping students find jobs after they graduate, our Career Development office offers services that include helping those undecided students choose a major, resume and cover letter assistance for landing that internship, tips on networking and developing a personal brand in the online world, applying for graduate school, and more!

IT Help Desk – Need to reset your password or having trouble connecting to Canvas, our IT Support is available to help.

Parkville Counseling Center – Park University students have access to licensed counselors at no charge whether they are stressed about finals and need someone to talk to or are struggling with something more long term.

Parkville Fresh Ideas Dining Service – Check out the menu, hours, and available meal plans for Parkville Campus students.

Parkville Pirate Pantry – Pirate Pantry was created to alleviate food insecurity among our students. If your student has need in this area, please click to find out more information and how they can access the pantry resources.

Spirit Store – Find just the right item to show off your Park Pirate Pride!

Athletics – Keep up with all your favorite Parkville Pirate or Gilbert Buccaneer teams.

Parkville Athletics Schedule – See what games are being played today!

Events Calendar

Academic Calendar

Homecoming and Family Weekend 

Commencement

Admissions – Steps on how to apply plus links to additional information.

Plan A Visit to Parkville – The best way to discover if Park is a good fit is to visit!

Parkville Orientation – Newly admitted to Park with questions about what to expect when classes start? RSVP for New Student Orientation and our Parent Orientation.

Parkville Residence Life – Check out the dorm options and find information on what steps you need to take to live on campus or off.

Park Stories – Fun and inspiring features highlighting Park University students, alums, faculty and staff.

Park’s Engagement Office

Giving

Living on Campus

Prepare for changes in communication. They will call when they need you, but allow them as much time as they need to adjust. Expect changes in how often and how your child may communicate with you; discuss why this is OK and how it is an important part of this next step in life. Communicate via phone, e-mail, IM, cell phones, and ‘snail’ mail. Students love to get mail. Expect that your student will not respond to all of your contacts, but know that he or she appreciates hearing from you.

Support them when they call with an issue, When your child faces challenges and obstacles, encourage them to think through the steps to overcome them rather than giving them your answers.

Plan a trip to campus

Park’s Homecoming and Family Weekend is ideal because other parents are around, meaning your child is unlikely to be embarrassed by your presence. (Yes, it still happens in college.) Moreover, you’ll get to meet the families of your child’s friends. Or, just plan a trip up to campus to take your student to lunch. College kids love free food! Be sure to be respectful of their time and schedule by giving plenty of notice.

Send a care package. Something from home that lets your college student know you are thinking of them is always appreciated! They love getting surprises in the mail. Have fun by sending packages themed around holidays or send them things to share with their roommate and friends. Food is always popular, especially home baked goods!

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Park University’s degree programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Park University is a private, non-profit, institution of higher learning since 1875.