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From your family to ours

The excitement and apprehension felt by new students can be shared by their families too. The adjustment that students face in making the move towards a life of greater independence can be mirrored by similar adjustments at home. Students come with questions just as family members do. And we’re here to answer them.

Parent Handbook
Each year, Mount Allison’s Student Life Office produces a handbook that is designed especially with students’ family members in mind.  Topics include: “the transition to university,” “the rhythm of the academic year,” “encouraging academic success,” “avoiding the parent trap,” and “campus resources.” This year’s handbook will be uploaded to the Mount Allison website later in the summer. Another helpful resource is the Parent Information page on the Mount Allison website. 

Preview MTA Day
Monday, August 14 is Preview MTA Day. This is a chance for students to beat the rush of Move-In Day and take care of things such as picking up their student ID card, finalizing course selections, purchasing textbooks, and finding their way to their residence room. In addition, staff from across Student Affairs will be leading information sessions for students and parents on important topics such as academic success, registration & advising, financial aid, health & wellness, and insurance. For more information, visit the Preview MTA home/registration page.

Move-In Day
For most students, August 31st will be their first day on campus. This is Move-In Day, the first day of Orientation and the first day that residence are open to new students. Plan to arrive early.  Residences open at 9am. Mount Allison staff and Orientation volunteers will be positioned throughout Sackville and across campus to make move-in easy and orderly. Proceed directly to your son or daughter’s residence for house keys and check-in paperwork. Visit the Student Centre to pick up Orientation Welcome Packs. Join other new students and their families for a complimentary lunch at Jennings Dining Hall. Stay for a Parent Information Session in the afternoon followed by the Commencement ceremony at 4:00pm. For more information, visit the Move-In Day page on the Orientation website. 

But some questions we cannot answer…
Mount Allison is bound by Canadian privacy laws which prevent us from releasing or sharing a student’s personal, financial, and academic information without their permission. Consequently, there may be some questions that our staff legally cannot answer if you call or email to inquire. If it is important for you to be able to discuss these matters with Mount Allison staff, it is necessary for you and your son or daughter to sign Mount Allison’s Release of Information Consent Form. The form is available on the Registrar’s Office website (“forms”) or by clicking here.

For all other general information questions, please contact:

Student Life Office
Tel. (506) 364-2255
E-mail  studentlife@mta.ca
Web  www.mta.ca/studentlifeoffice