There are a variety of ways to stay connected to your student's Stony Brook University experience and the office of Student Orientation & Family Programs is a great place to start!
Sign up for Family Connection! Register here to receive periodic communication from the University and our monthly newsletter.
The Family Connection newsletter is published, via e-mail, every first of the month. This platform provides updates and important news and deadlines from offices on campus. You can find the newsletters by volume:
If you have a question about a university policy or would like to know how your student can get involved on campus, use Family Connect! Call or e-mail our office and you will be able to speak directly to a staff member. We will provide you with a detailed answer to your question or connect you with the appropriate individual who will address your concern.
Family Calendar and Handbook
Download the Family and Calendar Handbook as a PDF. We provide the newest paper version of the Family Calendar and Handbook to the Families of Incoming students every summer and winter orientation season. *This publication is available on the Resource Directory Tab*
In addition to our annual Family Weekend program in the fall semester, we would like to connect you with the campus community throughout the year. Please refer to the newsletter for relevant events.
There are also two great online newsletters at Stony Brook University. The University Newsletter is called "Stony Brook Happenings" and you can sign up for the newsletter here then click on "subscribe". Sign up for the Friends of Stony Brook University Newsletter, "Stony Brook Matters" here.
Resources for College Parents and Family
There are a variety of non-university sources that assist parents and families in navigating the transition from high school to college, or from home to campus. Stony Brook University is also a member of College Parents of America, an organization that provides parents and family members with information and resources on the college experience.