Parents Council


The University of New Hampshire Parents Council exists to forge connections and advance initiatives in support of student success on campus and after graduation while “friendraising” to help keep the University of New Hampshire strong and growing.


  • Ease the transition to UNH for incoming students and their parents/guardians through welcome events and information sharing.
  • Add value to the student experience through grants, prizes, the Undergraduate Research Conference, select advocacy initiatives and participation in career networking.
  • Forge connections and help provide opportunities to solidify bonds between parents, their students and the many facets of UNH on and off campus (through Family Weekend, social media, off campus UNH gatherings, etc.).

What is the Parents Council?

When your student chose to attend the University of New Hampshire, they became members of the UNH Family—its traditions, accomplishments, alumni, administration, faculty and students. As their champion and chief supporter, so did you.

The Parents Council gives parents an opportunity to be more involved in advancing student success at UNH.

What’s Involved?

Focused on helping to maximize student success in a variety of ways, the UNH Parents Council is dedicated to building and maintaining positive connections between parents, students and UNH while keeping parents informed and giving them a voice on campus.

It is also your chance to gain an insider’s view of the University and the people who shape your student’s education and experiences while developing deeper bonds with the school, your fellow parents, students and the resources and staff who help advance student success.

What we do

The Parents Council meets on campus four times each year*. Meeting agendas include discussion, planning, informative speakers from campus groups such as the Career and Professional Success, University Advising Center, Health & Wellness and Campus Recreation and “field trips” to various locations on campus.

Each Parents Council member serves on at least one of the following standing committees and participates on conference calls as needed to complete committee initiatives between meetings.

  • Campus Connections: Facilitating and organizing volunteer opportunities at key events including Admitted Student Visit Days, Wildcat Days, Move-In, Orientation, and Fall Open House.​
  • ​Communications and Social Media: Serve as editorial advisors for Parents e-newsletter and assist Student Life Leadership with website updates. Serve as administrators for the UNH Parents Facebook page. Provide PR support and promotional materials on Council initiatives. Partner with UNH departments and organizations to host live stream and online events that benefit our Parent community (i.e Housing, Graduation, Athletics, Campus Safety)​
  • ​Family Weekend: Participate alongside the Office of New Student Programs in yearly planning and evaluation of Family Weekend. Includes organizing Parents Council members to volunteer at the event (setup and breakdown of programs and assisting with check-in) and collecting prize donations.​
  • Student Enrichment: Review and award student grant applications. Serve as judges in the Undergraduate Research Conference. Assist with supporting basic needs initiatives including food donations for food pantries at Durham and Manchester campuses. 

Applications for new members of the Parents Council will be open between June 1st and August 1st. Applications are sent to If you have questions about the Parents Council contact

Parent Council Bylaws