Greetings Georgia Tech Families!

Spring Break is right around the corner, March 20-24, and students are ready for a much-needed break from homework, tests, and group assignments. Many students are happy to be going home, going on trips, or just taking a break from classes. They may be looking forward to some of their favorite meals from home or need you to help them shop for some professional attire for upcoming spring events such as banquets, special dinners, and interviews. For those who have students traveling, I encourage you to talk to them about traveling safely and making good choices on their trip.

Our motto in Parent & Family Programs is “when parents and families are informed, students benefit,” so we encourage you to contact Parent & Family Programs at 404-385-1396 or email us at with any questions.
Happy Reading!

Laci Weeden
Director, Parent & Family Programs
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Featured Articles
Talking Through Suicide
Mid-term Progress Reports
Managing Mid-Semester Stress
Preparing Your Student for a Program Abroad
Remembering Safety First

Campus News
Online Summer Classes for Undergrads
Pi Mile 5K Road Race
Follow the Office of Undergraduate Education on Twitter
Housing News
Is Your GT Student Thinking of Taking a Gap Year?
Should Parents Pay for Graduate School?
Spring 2017 Commencement
Campus Life Scholarships Available
Featured Articles

Talking Through Suicide
One of the biggest barriers in suicide prevention is the fear of talking about suicide, but talking saves lives. A new Georgia Tech training program is coaching people through those conversations. Read more...

Mid-term Progress Reports
Your student recently received mid-term progress report grades for any 1000- and 2000-level courses. Read more...
Managing Mid-Semester Stress
The mid-point of the spring semester can feel like a particularly stressful time. If your student is feeling overwhelmed, they are far from alone. Read more...

Preparing Your Student for a Program Abroad
More than 2,000 Georgia Tech students each year participate in study and internship abroad programs. Read more...

Remembering Safety First
Before your student heads off for spring break, parents should discuss the importance of safety while enjoying a week without classes. Read more...
Campus News

Online Summer Classes for Undergrads
Summer can be a time for students to unwind. It’s also a great opportunity to catch up, get ahead, or enroll in high-demand classes that fill up each fall and spring. Read more...

Pi Mile 5k Road Race
Registration for the 45th Annual Dean Griffin Pi Mile 5k Road Race is officially open. Read more...

Follow the Office of Undergraduate Education on Twitter!
We’re offering up a way to connect with us more quickly! If you want information on tutoring, career services, research opportunities, sustainable communities, and so much more, follow us @GTOUE on Twitter. 

Housing News
The Fall 2017 Housing Application for new and returning students is now open at My Housing. Read more...

The Division of Student Life is pleased to offer SteerSmart at 11 a.m. on March 16 in room 152 Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons (CULC). Read more...

Is Your GT Student Thinking of Taking a Gap Year? What is a Bridge Year?
Fact: 60 percent of matriculating first year medical students take at least one or more years away from college prior to starting medical school. Read more...

Should Parents Pay for Graduate School?
Is your student considering graduate school? An advanced degree is a good choice for students in fields that require specialized knowledge or for those who anticipate a career in research or scholarship. Read more...

Spring 2017 Commencement
Georgia Tech will celebrate its 253rd Commencement at McCamish Pavilion this May. Read more...

Campus Life Scholarships
The Campus Life and Community at Tech Scholarship seeks to recognize and reward students that have positively impacted the Institute community through their leadership, scholarship, and service.  Read more...
Volunteer Opportunities

Support Alternative Service Breaks During Spring Break
The student organization, Alternative Service Breaks (ASB), is hosting six community service trips for 100 participants during spring break, March 19-25, 2017. Read more...

Saturday, May 6, Parent & Family Programs needs family members to sign up for one of the two shifts ranging from 7 - 9:30 a.m. and from 1 - 3:30 p.m. Parent volunteers will help families of graduates celebrate by distributing commemorative items to parents and families prior to the ceremonies. Email Laci Weeden at and indicate which time you are interested in volunteering by April 1, 2017.
Important Dates
March 9 - Schedule for both Summer & Fall Semester 2017 Classes Available Online
March 20-24 - Spring Break, No Classes
March 27 - May 19 -  Phase I Registration for Current Students for Summer 2017 classes & Fall 2017 classes

Family Weekend 2017
October 27 - 29, 2017
Conversation Corner 
Designed to facilitate meaningful conversations about timely student issues, the "Conversation Corner" provides suggested conversations parents and families may want to have with their student.

What classes do you plan to take next fall? Advising for the fall semester registration begins in March. It’s important for students to schedule an appointment with their advisers to review options for their fall class schedule, as well as any summer school they may be considering. They should call or email their advisers to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Here is a great link to visit with helpful information about academic advising, important dates, services available, and more:
Let’s discuss the rules for being back at home. Just as with winter break, parents and students may have different expectations for each other for Spring Break. Discussing expectations for coming and going late at night, attendance at family events, household chores, visiting hours for friends, money management and use of car will be helpful as you prepare for them to come home again.
Thanks to your contributions, in February The Parents Fund awarded grants to completely fund or partially fund 26 student organizations for activities and events that will take place later this spring and summer.  These events are an important part of the student experience at Georgia Tech and provide fun ways to foster civic engagement, leadership, and campus unity. Unfortunately, $94,000 in requests were not funded as we simply didn’t have enough money to cover all requests.  Please consider making a tax deductible gift online today! click on “make a gift”  Thank you for your support!
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