This website provides you with valuable information and resources to help you talk to your students about alcohol as they prepare to come to Clarkson College, including:

  • Facts about the drinking culture at Clarkson College.
  • Suggestions for successful communication about alcohol use.
  • Ways to improve your relationships with your students.

Research has found that parents can have a powerful influence on their students’ successful transition to college life. All it takes is communication. Talk to your students before they come to Clarkson College, and keep talking to them while they’re here.

You as parents have already done a great job helping your sons and daughters make better choices. However, your responsibility doesn’t stop just because they’re heading to school. Studies have shown that college students give parents a great deal of credit for guiding them towards less drinking or refraining from drinking. Your input matters — and helps keep Clarkson College a trendsetter in students’ responsible use of alcohol.

When young adults begin their college experience at Clarkson, they’ll be facing a number of life changes and new experiences from:


  • Managing finances,
  • Attending class,
  • Balancing academics with social activities, and
  • including whether or not to drink alcohol.


You can help them during this transition by communicating your expectations and encouraging them to think through the outcomes of different choices.

Parents can also have an impact on the misperceptions of college life, including alcohol use, while providing information about resources available to their student on campus.

Power of Parenting at the Clarkson College was developed with support from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety, the Nebraska Prevention Center for Alcohol & Drug Abuse and in part by Grant #93.243 under the Strategic Prevention Framework-Partnership for Success Grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Center for Substance Abuse Prevention through the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and Region 6 Behavioral Healthcare.