As the parent of an ESU student, you will enjoy exciting times as your son or daughter
pursues his or her individual journey. The university is thrilled that you have entrusted
ESU with this important part of your son's or daughter's life.
This online ESyoU Parents resource has been designed with you in mind. It includes
links to important University information and resources for ESU parents and families.
This online resource also provides opportunities for parents and families to participate
in University life. As members of the East Stroudsburg University community, please
do not hesitate to contact us.
In the meantime, here are some links to some upcoming campus events and information
that you may find of interest.
Supporting Your ESU Student
Academic & Health Guidance
News for Parents - 11/21/2018 - Thanksgiving Message
Dear ESU Parents and Families,
Many of our First Year students will be home for the holiday break, offering them
a wonderful opportunity to check-in and reconnect with their family, friends and loved
ones. It is also a wonderful time for First-Year Students to reflect upon their many
experiences as an ESU Warrior during their first semester, and to share their feelings
about those experiences. For some of our students, this first semester has been very
challenging and they may be questioning their ability to successfully complete the
semester or weighing their commitment to continuing their college career in the next
The support that you and your extended family and friends can provide during this
critical period is very important to achieving our shared goal, the academic success
of your student here at ESU. During the holiday break, we would like to encourage
you and your family to engage your student in conversations regarding their experiences
and to support them in developing plans for accessing support systems on campus and/or
committing to working through any bumps in the road with the help of our staff and
faculty if that is what seems to be needed. Some topics you may want to consider making
a part of your conversation are:
Have they completed registration for the next semester?
How do they feel about their academic performance at this point in the semester?
If applicable, how do they feel about their adjustment to residence hall life?
Are they feeling like they adjusted well to college and become active in the community?
We believe that engaging in these kinds of conversations will demonstrate your concern
and support for them as well as guide them toward campus-based resources they can
access to assist them. Asking for help is never a sign of weakness, it is in fact
behavior that signals a student’s ability to recognize and realistically assess areas
where they need help and to call upon available resources to help them overcome their
concerns. To further assist you with these conversations, we would like to share tips
that may help your student if you find that they are stuck on a particular issue:
If your student has not yet registered for Spring Semester, he/she should follow the
checklist for Spring 2019 Registration:
Make an appointment to visit with their assigned academic advisor.
Check their myESU Portal for “holds” that would prevent Spring 2019 registration.
Take action on holds if necessary, e.g. pay fines, complete conduct sanctions, take
action on unpaid balances or make a payment plan, etc.
Meet with their advisor to create a schedule plan and obtain their PIN number for
Schedule Planner to create and register for classes.
If your student expresses concern about their academic performance, encourage them
to seek assistance where needed:
If your student expresses concern about residential living:
Having a problem within their room or residence hall, they can directly contact their
Resident Advisor, Resident Director or Graduate Assistant for information and assistance.
Requesting to change their room, over the break they can make an inquiry about vacant
spaces by emailing David Campbell, Associate Director Residence Life at
More than 84% of ESU students are eligible to receive some type of financial assistance.
If your student’s concerns are financial in nature:
Contact the office of financial aid if you have any questions/concerns or to discuss
options available and to get some guidance regarding process completion. Financial
forms can feel overwhelming but staff are here to help. For more information :
https://www.esu.edu/students/enrollment_services/financial-aid/staff.cfm Consider ways your student may be able to reduce his/her overall costs of education
by securing a job on campus, applying for book scholarships, changing meal plan options,
and/or seeking out scholarship and grant opportunities. It is important to find the
solutions best for you and your student, and ESU is willing to help. For more information:
We hope this information is helpful to you and your family as your first-year student
navigates his/her academic career. Most importantly, we wish you and all the members
of your family a very Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you for your efforts towards ensuring
your student’s success. If I can be of further assistance, please reach out to me.
Doreen M, Tobin, D. Ed.
Vice President for Student Affairs firstname.lastname@example.org