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One of the best resources for helping your Wildcat navigate their college experience is YOU. By getting involved with the Parent and Family Association, you will have the opportunity to connect with other Wildcat families, support current students, and stay updated on important campus news, resources, and initiatives through our Cat Chat email newsletters that are sent 2-3 times per month during the academic school year (August – April).

Conversation Calendar

Helping your student through their first years of college can be challenging. We’ve created a guide to help you understand what your first-year or second-year student is going through so you can ask the right questions at the right time.

College Ready 2022 Expert Advice for Parents to Simplify the College Transition

Parents and families, we are pleased to provide you with a complimentary copy of College Ready 2022: Expert Advice for Parents to Simplify the College Transition. This helpful book shares practical guidance on how to support your student over the summer, during move-in, and throughout the first semester. 

Cat Chat Live

Cat Chat Live is an interactive resource designed to help you connect with faculty, staff, and students, and to answer some of your questions about UK. To participate in Cat Chat Live, simply go to the UK Parents Facebook page at the scheduled time to watch. If you have questions for the featured guests, post them to the comments section on the Facebook live post and they will try to answer them in real-time. If they are not able to respond immediately, they will be sure to get back to you as soon as they can. You can also watch previously recorded videos on the UK Parents Facebook page and YouTube.


Family Alcohol Handbook

Alcohol and drug use can have a significant negative impact on a college student’s life and on the campus community.  Research has shown that parents and families can play an important role in influencing this behavior.  Working with noted researcher Dr. Rob Turrisi from Penn State University, we have made this resource guide available to help you, as a parent or family member, understand alcohol and drugs on college campuses and have necessary conversations with your student. 

Family Follow-up

The UK Parent and Family Association and First-Generation Student Services would like to invite all families of incoming students to take part in the Family Follow-up, an online program designed to help families who have attended orientation and may still have a few questions about their student's first year at UK. Participating family members will have the opportunity to watch four videos clarifying important information about their student's first year. Family Follow-up videos will be available after Big Blue Nation Orientation concludes in July.

Cat Family Cookbook

Delicious recipes submitted by UK families just like you! 

Supporting Second-Year Students

At the University of Kentucky, we pride ourselves on putting our students first in everything we do. We recognize that your Wildcat had an unusual start to their UK journey in the middle of a global pandemic, and we are continually seeking ways to provide them holistic, comprehensive support both inside and outside the classroom. Knowing that it has been a while since their orientation experience, they may have emerging needs in their second year and are uncertain about the resources available to assist them. Learn more HERE.