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Welcome to the family!

As part of your student’s support system, you play a critical role in helping your student succeed from orientation through graduation. We want to help you in that role. My name is Tracy Carlson and I work with OU's Parent and Family Programs office. The mission of Parent and Family Programs is to partner with families to help their student thrive at OU and beyond. Our goals:

  • Provide a bridge between your family and the University community
  • Offer helpful resources and information that can assist you as the “consultant” to your student
  • Present special events that welcome families back to campus throughout the year

As the Parent and Family Coordinator, I have the unique privilege of being your connection point to OU. Parent and Family Programs is part of Student Affairs, the division that provides most of the out-of-classroom services your student needs, ranging from living and dining to campus involvement and personal fitness. We are eager to connect your family to the diverse range of opportunities available at our campus.
If you are new to OU, please consider joining us this summer for our Parent and Family Programs Orientation. This is an optional and unique chance for you to meet faculty and staff at the University of Oklahoma, engage with other families, and learn strategies to best help your student navigate the college experience. Conveniently aligned with two Camp Crimson sessions, past participants have consistently shared that this experience took away their anxieties about sending a student to Norman for four years. We would love to meet you face to face about your concerns.
Visit to find out more about our programs and sign up for orientation. Please reach out with any questions you may have. I would also like to suggest following Sooner Parents on Facebook for more about how you can get involved with OU.

Boomer Sooner!
Tracy Carlson
Parent & Family Programs Coordinator