UC Parent & Family Programs

While our team is working remotely, we continue regular business operations in order to ensure we are still able to fully support your family. We encourage you to email us, call us, and connect with us on Facebook

Incoming Families-- Join the UC Family Portal to complete Summer 2020 Orientation and stay connected with UC year-round. Follow us on Facebook for regular updates and reminders!

Welcome to the University of Cincinnati! On behalf of the University, we would like to welcome new students, parents, and families to the Bearcats Family. Parent & Family Programs is excited to partner with you to ensure your student's success at UC. As a University of Cincinnati Family, you are an essential part of your student's experience. We encourage you to become an engaged and informed resource for your student.

Our office is here to help! Please feel free to reach out to us anytime at 513-556-1200 or families@uc.edu. We look forward to hearing from you and we look forward to seeing you around campus!

¿Hablas Español?

Familias solicitando asistenica en Español, por favor contáctenos familias@uc.edu y un miembro de la Universidad de Cincinnati hará un seguimiento con usted en breve.

Our Purpose

Parent & Family Programs provides families with information about student services and resources, campus engagement opportunities, and a dedicated place to receive support in helping their students successfully navigate the UC experience.

Connect with Us

We encourage you to stay informed. We offer several resources to help you learn more about UC and stay updated on the latest news and information about our campus.

  • Sign-up for our Family Portal.
  • Follow us on Facebook!
  • Reach out to us anytime at 513-556-1200 or families@uc.edu. We are here to help!
  • Check out our resource list to learn more about the programs and support services available to help your student succeed at UC.
  • Sign-up for weather and safety alerts.

Connect with Your Student

When your student goes off to college, it can be an adjustment for the whole family. You may not see each other as often, and your communication style may shift. While you will most likely text or talk with your student throughout the week, small gestures to remind your Bearcat that you are thinking about them can go a long way in helping to make their new "home-away-from-home" feel more comfortable.

Send a Care Package

While your student is at UC, you will want to celebrate important milestones and events with them even from a far! Meaningful care packages allow you to support them every step of the way! To make it easier for you, we have partnered with Our Campus Market to provide care packages for students throughout the year. OCM has care packages and cakes for every milestone - final exams, holidays, birthdays, and more! They also offer options for specific dietary restrictions. A portion of care package sales support the year-round efforts of our office. Thank you for your support!

Send a Letter

A quick note can really brighten your student's day! You can even send your Bearcat a UC-themed postcard directly through our office by completing our short form. If you send mail from home, we strongly encourage you to use the mailing address format provided by Resident Education & Development to ensure that your student receives their mail promptly. 

Letters to Home

Throughout the year, we host pop-up events for Bearcats to send you or another family member a quick note to let you know they are thinking about you! We cover the postage for all mail sent as part of our "Letters to Home" events. Several times a year, we flip this event and invite families to write letters to their Bearcats! 

Visit UC

UC is your home, too! Whether you are attending one of our annual events or stopping by for a quick visit to see your student, we look forward to seeing you on campus! We offer events throughout the year to help you experience UC, spend time with your student, and meet fellow Bearcat Families. Each Fall, we host a Welcome Brunch for families of new students following Move-In and Convocation. Family Weekend is also a great opportunity to explore UC with your student and discover their new home.

We hope to see you around UC soon! And when you're here, stop by and see us in 630 Steger Student Life Center!


The accessible entrance is on the west side of Steger Student Life Center. Take the ramp between Steger and Swift Hall. At the top of the ramp to the right, enter Steger Student Life Center through the double doors. Our welcome desk is on your left.

Make a Gift

Gifts to the UC Parents Fund go directly to family and student programming and activities that are not covered by tuition and fees. You can specify a one-time donation or a recurring annual contribution. If you have any questions, please contact the UC Foundation at 513-556-6781.