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Families of New College Students

Greetings from Abe and Lincoln Memorial University! We are excited that your student is considering LMU as their collegiate home-away-from-home. They couldn’t have gotten to this point in their life without you...and you should be proud! We know that parents/gradparents/guardians have a lot of influence in the college decision process, and we would like to help you stay informed and connected to us as we work with your student!

Below, you will find some of the questions that are frequently asked in our “Ask Abe” sessions. Please take a moment to look them over, and then make sure that your student enters your email address in their application as well as their own. We will send parent/guardian emails throughout the course of the application cycle to help you know how to best help your student.

Frequently Asked Questions...Ask Abe!

Q: I want to help my student choose a college that is best for them, and I know they need my help. How do I balance being involved, and doing it for them?

A: Remember who is going to college—your student! While you will play a vital role in helping them make their college choice, remember that it is ultimately their decision. We encourage parents/guardians to consider taking on one of the following three roles when it comes to the college decision process:

  • Coach: A sports coach offers encouragement and expresses belief in the athlete, but never plays the game for the athlete, no matter how much they might be struggling.
  • Consultant: A business, law, or medical consultant helps ask questions and offers an opinion based on their experience (and training), but the client can choose whether or not to take the offered advice.
  • Administrative Assistant: In an office, the administrative assistant gathers the material necessary for their boss to do their job, does some of the legwork/logistics, watches for errors, and helps monitor deadlines/schedules.

Q: I’m so excited to come with my student to see your campus! That’s ok, right?

A: Absolutely! We welcome both prospective students and their families. We do want you to know, however, that our tour guides and Admissions Counselors will address most of the visit toward the prospective student! Remember, you do not want the most memorable aspect of your student’s campus visit to be you!

Q: I want to be make sure that my student makes good choices once they are at school. What are some ways I can do that?

A: Make sure that the Office of Undergraduate Admissions has your email address! There is a place on your student’s application for them to enter that. This will help ensure that you get periodic communication from us throughout the application cycle. Once they begin their career as a Railsplitter, our Office of Student Services has a Parent/Guardian organization for your to plug into!

Q: How can I help my student prepare for college?

A: Below are some very important dates regarding standardized tests. We encourage you to help your student plan accordingly!

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