all together from the start
Message from the Vice President of Student Affairs
Families are partners with us at Chowan University! The families of our students play an important role in the CU community.
Chowan students enjoy vigorous academic opportunities as they call Chowan “home”. We also afford students the possibility of developing their mind, body, and spirit. Their out-of-classroom experiences consist of leadership opportunities, social activities to complement what they are learning in the classroom.
Parents and families have an integral role in the success of their students. The stronger the partnership between families and the university community, the more we are able to help our students achieve their educational and personal goals. You are strongly encouraged to familiarize yourself with our campus community and access the resources you need to help make your student’s Chowan experience a positive one.
Let me assure you the University understands and values the special relationships that can exist between students, parents/guardians, and the University. Developmental and legal issues (such as FERPA) guide and at times limit the amount of information the University may share with parents/guardians. Whenever possible, the University will approach its relationships with parents/guardians as partners in the development of our students. The University reserves the right to notify the parents/guardians of dependent students whenever a student is found responsible for prohibited behavior.
There are tips below, which we hope will be helpful to you. These parent resources will direct you to the various offices on campus that can assist you and answer questions. Make sure you have the university calendar accessible so you will know when your student will be on breaks and when we are closed.
Looking forward to being a partner with you in your student’s success!
Dr. Montrose Streeter
Vice President for Student Affairs
CU at a Glance
- Founded in 1848
- Accredited by SACSCOC
- 450 acre campus
- 70+ academic programs
- 3 graduate degrees
- 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio
- 100% of students receive financial aid
Accessing Your Student’s Information
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of a student’s education records. FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children’s education records at Chowan University. These rights transfer to the student, or former student, once he or she becomes an “eligible student” by beginning to attend Chowan University. The university may also disclose, without consent, “directory information.” The university considers the following items to be directory information: name, class, photograph(s), full-time or half-time status, home town, and state, university e-mail address, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, degrees honors and awards, and dates of attendance. Chowan University students have the ability to access their own student records using their MyCU account.
Tips for Parents/Guardians
At Chowan University, we are committed to providing a personalized, affordable education that fits the needs of your students. Parents and guardians play an important role in helping students find a good fit and select a university to further their education. The information on this page is intended to direct you to resources that can help with your decision-making process and provide support throughout and beyond their enrollment. As you and your student prepare for college there will be a lot of expectations and emotions. Please know that we are here to help.
We encourage parents and guardians to visit campus with their students and to be involved and supportive of their student’s educational endeavors. Here are a few tips to help provide parent support:
Whether they are seeking your advice or simply wanting you to listen, keeping connected and engaged with your student while they’re in college is important.Calling, texting, emailing instant messaging and social media are all at your disposal but don’t over do it.
Your student has relied on you for the past 18 year (give or take of few) of their life and now college brings a sense of rite of passage to a new found independence. Your student will experience ups and downs in college as one would expect with a major life change. Remember that you have seen their past 18 years of ups and downs and use this common ground to help guide them through, help them set goals, become involved and reach their goals.
It can be difficult to get information out of your student. Don’t use close-ended questions like “how was your day?” that can lead to one-word answer such as “fine’ or “okay.” When you talk to your student try to focus more on their courses then their grades. Have them share with you newly read works of literature, intellectual theories, new passions, organizations they have joined and so on.
The temptation will be great to directly involve yourself with every hurdle your student encounters while at Chowan. While your counsel is key to your student’s success, encourage them to find solutions on their own. There are numerous campus resources, such as Academic Success, their Academic Advisor, Campus Ministry and The Tutoring Center to name a few, available to help. Familiarize yourself with the University’s resources so you, too, can become a resource for success.
You should expect change to occur over the next four+- years while your student is not only expanding their knowledge but learning about themselves as well.