For Parents

Whether you are a parent, guardian, spouse, or another family member of a King’s student, we recognize everything you’ve done to help your student thrive and succeed. Your support and encouragement brought them to where they are today.

Going to university is a time of transition for you and your student. The resources on this page will help you empower your student with tools to get the most out of their education and access key services.

 

Making the Transition: a Planning Guide for Parents & Supporters of Incoming First-Year Students to King’s

 

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Frequently Asked Questions for Parents/Guardians

What are the admissions requirements for King’s academic programs?

Consult our undergraduate admissions requirements. Please contact admissions@ukings.ca with any questions you have about the application process.

What scholarships are available to incoming students?

We assess all new students who apply before March 1 for an entrance award, and students can also fill out a supplemental application to be considered for Major Awards. In-course awards are available for returning students.

Along with scholarships, we encourage students to apply for bursaries. If you have questions about the scholarship or bursary application processes, contact Catherine Read at catherine.read@ukings.ca.

Where can I find tuition and financial aid?

You can see an overview of undergraduate tuition in our finances section, and you can also read more about fees for residence and meal plans. If you have questions about tuition fees or payments, please contact the Student Accounts Officer at accounts@ukings.ca.

Where can students go for health and wellness support?

The Student Health and Wellness Centre, provides multiple services and is staffed by a team of physicians, nurses, counsellors, psychiatrists, and social workers who support the mental and physical health of our students. Read about more health and wellness supports at King’s.

How can I help my student succeed in their studies at King’s?

The start of university marks a time of significant transition for students. Through the course of university study, students are supported by the King’s community to increasingly become independent, self-directed learners, who are able to set personal and academic goals, monitor their progress, and reflect on their learning to achieve success. Being there for your student when they ask, while also supporting their autonomy, will help them to become successful and independent learners. Rest assured, there are a wide and robust range of supports and resources available to further support your student through their academic journey. We’re invested in your student’s success and are here to help.

How do students get in touch with an academic advisor?

Students can book an appointment online with an academic advisor, or by emailing registrar@ukings.ca. There are also guides to help students with course selection and registration.

What academic services are available?

King’s, and our associate Dalhousie, offer a wide range of academic services to students. You can read more about academic services, including the Writing Centre, Accessibility Centre, Indigenous Student Centre, and Black Student Advising Centre.

Who can answer my questions about residence?

This information is available in the residence section. You can also email the Residence Office at residence@ukings.ca.

What will happen when my student moves to King's?

Move-in day 2023 is on September 3! We encourage all students to sign up for Orientation Week (O-Week) which is organized by the King’s Students’ Union (KSU). Stay tuned for more information from the Residence Office and the KSU with details about Move-in Day and O-Week.

When do academic terms start and end?

Term dates, study breaks, exam periods and dates when the university will be closed for holidays are all provided in our list of Important Dates. Please note that key dates at King’s align with the important dates for Dalhousie’s schedule.

How can I make a tuition payment?

Tuition fees for the fall term are due on September 19, 2023; for the winter term they are due on January 22, 2024. For information about obtaining a statement, paying fees, downloading a tuition tax receipt (T2202) and more, visit the Payments Guide.

What will my student do when they graduate?

The King’s Foundation Year Program is a great starting point for an education that builds students’ skills in critical thinking, writing, analysis, and communications.  Students here can take a wide range of programs through our close association with Dalhousie University to prepare them for their future careers. According to an alumni survey conducted in 2019, most King’s graduates (74%) go to graduate school or get other additional post-secondary education. The most common industries for King’s students are: Education, Government & Public Services, Communications, Journalism, Arts & Culture, and Law. You can read profiles about our amazing alumni community to learn more about their careers and success stories.

I’d like to support King’s by making a charitable donation. How can I get started?

Parents who support King’s often do this because they see the positive way their children are transformed during their time here. If you would like to contribute to King’s and support our community of learners, you can read about the ways to give or contact Paula Johnson in the King’s Advancement Office.

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Upcoming events to tell a prospective King’s student about:

Campus Tours

If you’re interested in checking out King’s, there are two ways to tour. We are currently offering in-person tours, Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:45 a.m. and 2 p.m. local time.

Book a Tour

 

King’s Future Student Webinars

We’re hosting webinars on a variety of different topics so you can get to know King’s better. If you can’t make it to a live event, no need to worry! You can access the full recordings afterward to discover what life at King’s could be like.

Future Student Webinars

“Our family welcomed our daughter back from her FYP experience a month ago. She is hale and hearty, and perhaps even more importantly, she is full to the brim with a new confidence and fresh insights into literature, history, and current events. Despite a fall hurricane, a winter blizzard, and a spring plague, she has had an excellent year.”— Michelle Sanders, Victoria, B.C.