Parent Ambassadors

Welcome, Parents and Families!

The ݮƵ College Parent Ambassadors are a group of current parent and alumni parent volunteers available to assist parents in a variety of ways. The group works to support a positive parent-to-parent experience and the continued success of ݮƵ College of Art and Design through communication, networking, and engagement.

For more information, send an email.

Get Involved

To get involved, fill out the interest form.

Stay Connected

To stay connected, join the Parent Ambassadors Facebook page.

You're Invited

Each academic year, ݮƵ College hosts a variety of events, both on and off campus, for prospective students and their families. Be sure to check back often andjoin our mailing listto receive updated information and invitations.

Family Weekend

We are pleased to invite you to ݮƵ College of Art and Design’s Family Weekend! Spend a weekend on campus with your child or sibling exploring our facilities, participating in workshops, and meeting our faculty and staff. Registration at check-in required.

Accepted Student Day

We welcome your student to the Class of 2023! This day is a celebration for accepted students and their families. It’s a great way to meet each other, mingle with faculty, participate in hands-on activities and demonstrations, and begin the ݮƵ College experience. This event is by invitation only.

Parent FAQ

What do I need to know about orientation?

Does the college have a new student orientation program for parents and families?
Yes! ݮƵ College believes that going to college is a family affair, and we want to make sure parents and families are as educated about the college process as their students. The parent/family sections of the Orientation are geared toward staying connected to and informed of College happenings, coping strategies and transitional issues, academic progression, and student support services. Additionally, we have a vibrant Parents’ Association that sponsors social gatherings during the New Student Orientation program—always a great time to meet and talk with other ݮƵ College parents!

Will I be with my student at any time during orientation?

The parent and student schedules do overlap during parts of the New Student Orientation, and we encourage parents and students to participate together; however, during times indicated on the schedule as “student only,” we respectfully ask parents to allow their students to meet and explore ݮƵ College on their own.

How can I keep up with what’s happening at ݮƵ College?

Be sure to visit the ݮƵ College Parents’/Guardians’ Portal on the website frequently as the website is always updated with news and events. You can also sign up to receive a quarterly newsletter for parents/families that provides current information about happenings at the College. Additionally, you can join the ݮƵ College Parents’ Association Facebook site and stay connected technologically. Lastly, make sure to stay tuned for information on upcoming family weekend!

What is campus residency and student life like?

What is the campus like?
Unlike most art colleges, ݮƵ College has a self-contained, residential campus that closely resembles a liberal arts college. It consists of 78 buildings on 35 subtropical acres.

Where do students live?

First-year students are encouraged to live on campus to experience all ݮƵ College has to offer. 70% of our students live in one of 10 different residence halls or apartments.

What is campus housing like?

We offer a variety of residence hall and apartment options depending on the student's year in school.

Is campus housing guaranteed?

Yes, for first-year students who complete housing contracts and confirm their intent to enroll prior to May 1 for the following fall semester. Upperclass students are assigned apartments by a lottery system.

What about campus security?

We’re proud of our safety record at ݮƵ College. To access information, including crime statistics, go to our page forpublic safety.

What do students do outside of class?

The Office of Student Life supports a myriad of clubs and activities designed to engage, entertain, and enlighten students. Approximately three dozen academic, leadership, and leisure clubs exist, including a number of special-interest groups, providing a balanced calendar of co-curricular events throughout the year to suit a broad spectrum of interests. Special opportunities exist for students as Residence Hall Advisors, ݮƵ College Ambassadors, and community volunteers.

What about student organizations?

From our Student Government Association, to intramural sports, volunteer organizations, student theater, and dance groups, you can expand your mind and meet new friends by participating in approximately three dozen student groups on campus.

What kind of career opportunities exist for artists and ݮƵ?

There's simply never been a better time to be creative. 4.7 million Americans are employed in the arts and cultural sector.Businesses that producesoftware, films, television programs, and other audio, visual, and printed media account for 11.1% ($1.63 trillion) of U.S. gross domestic product.Many leading economists argue that new ideas, rather than machinery or natural resources, are the true source of economic success today.The creative economy is changing lives, fundamentally rewriting tried and true ideas about where people want to live and work and what they value most. That’s a trend that isn’t slowing down any time soon.

Whether the focus is in art, design, animation, photography, or any of the other majors, we'll help you prepare for a rewarding career.Hereare just a few of the many career paths a creative person can pursue.

How does ݮƵ College prepare my student for a successful career in the arts?

The moment your student sets foot on our campus, they embark on a journey toward a fulfilling career where they can use their talents to do big things. All of our classes and programs are catered to the art student, from our liberal arts courses to our hands-on studio courses, from their first day on campus.

To shape and support the career path of every ݮƵ student, we provide the following:

  • Freshman courses tailored for each area of study, so students begin focusing on their major in the first year.
  • An award-ݮƵ faculty comprised of practicing professionals with understanding of cutting-edge industry practices.
  • A Career Services Center that keeps students on track to deliver a professional portfolio at graduation.
  • Professional experience and client-based work opportunities.
  • Recruiter visits from over 70 leading creative companies every year.
  • A job network and career services that are available to ݮƵ College graduates for the rest of their lives.

What are my options for financing my child's education?

At ݮƵ College of Art and Design, we realize a college education represents a significant investment in the future and a fulfillment of your student's dreams.

Although the primary responsibility for financing a college education lies with the student and family, theOffice of Financial Aidis committed to helping make your ݮƵ College education as affordable as possible. We are here to help you navigate through the many financial aid options available.Most financial aid at ݮƵ College is awarded to you based on demonstrated financial need, which is the difference between the cost of attending ݮƵ College (tuition, fees, supplies, etc.), and what you and your family are able to contribute.Financial aid is available in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and student employment. You can be confident in knowing the Office of Financial Aid will treat you with customized service for your individual needs. Each student who applies for financial aid receives a financial aid "package," incorporating one or more forms of assistance.

Currently, more than 70% of our students receive some form of financial aid each year.

Learn more about financing your student's educationhere.

Who do I talk to if I am concerned about my son or daughter's progress?

ݮƵ College expects students to take ownership of their education, so it makes sense to talk directly with your student first. There are a number of resources on campus that students can contact for academic assistance, including their instructors, their Academic Advisor, and the Academic Resource Center (ARC), which offers free reading, writing, and study skills assistance and time management training to all students.

If you continue to have concerns that may be more involved than academic issues (such as adjustment issues, homesickness, etc.), please contact the Office of Student Life at 941.359.7505 or Public Safety in an Emergency at 941.359.7500. In some cases, you may also wish to encourage your student to visit our on-campus Peterson Counseling Center. Students can reach our Counseling Center at 941.893.2855 or by email tocounseling@ringling.eduto schedule an appointment. While the Peterson Counseling Center is able to receive information from parents and happy to answer general questions, we are not legally able to share details about individual students including whether or not they are receiving services without a release of information.

Find out more about our counseling and health services at.

What if a campus emergency occurs?

ݮƵ College Public Safety seeks to provide service, safety, and protection of persons and property within our community. Certainly, no one can predict emergencies, but the College does have a Guideline for Emergency Preparedness protocol to assist in the event of an emergency. The College also uses an emergencynotification system to notify students, faculty, and staff of emergency situations, by sending messages via text message, email, and office, home, and cell phones.

You can always view ourAlerts pages for updates.

What health/medical/counseling services are offered ݮƵ College?

Most common illnesses and conditions can be diagnosed and treated at our on-campus Health Center through an arrangement with the Sarasota Memorial Health Care System. Students may walk in MWF 8-1pm or T/TH 11am-4pm without an appointment to receive medical services. Non-urgent medical questions may be directed to 941.309.4000 or tomedical@ringling.edu. Any services that cannot be provided directly on-site can be coordinated within Sarasota Memorial’s comprehensive network that allows all our students to see a provider for a general medical office visit at the off campus University Parkway Urgent Care Center (5360 University Parkway, 941.917.1234) open 8am-8pm, 7 days a week) with no out-of-pocket costs.

Students can schedule a no-cost confidential counseling appointment Monday-Friday by calling 941.893.2855 or by emailingcounseling@ringling.eduwith their schedule. Our Student Health and Counseling Center is also available for consultation at 941.893.2855 and can help you work through the process of deciding how you might speak with your son or daughter about making an appointment. For more information, visit.

Does my son or daughter need health insurance?

All ݮƵ students must have insurance that provides comprehensive benefits from providers available in Sarasota.

If you wish to enroll your child in the student group insurance plan you need to actively enroll at .

If you have other coverage and wish to keep your child on that plan, complete the showing comprehensive health insurance (foreign traveler’s insurance does not qualify) before the end of the first week of classes. If you fail to take action, a charge to enroll your child in the ݮƵ College health insurance plan will remain on your bill, and they will be enrolled in our plan for a month after classes begin. Active enrollment is required to ensure you can begin using your insurance if needed immediately.

For more information, visit.

Do residence halls close over breaks?

Residence halls do not close for Thanksgiving Break. They do, however, close for both Winter Break and Spring Break, except for “Break Housing.” If you anticipate the need to stay during Winter and/or Spring Break(s), please state preference in “Break Housing.”

Does the college provide transportation to the airport during orientation or break times?

The College does not provide transportation to/from the airport. Transport via taxi to/from the Sarasota/Bradenton (SRQ) airport is reasonable, in the range of $10 each way. While airfare can be less expensive to surrounding airports, such as Orlando International (MCO) or Tampa International (TPA), transportation to/from those airports can sometimes be cost prohibitive. We encourage our students arriving via air to use Sarasota/Bradenton Airport whenever possible.

Can students store their belongings over the summer?

Unfortunately, no. All students who have a room in campus housing for the next fall semester must remove or store their belongings off-campus over the summer months. For more information or recommendations on storage services in Sarasota, please contact the Residence Life Office.

How can I get a package to my son or daughter?

All deliveries are made to the Mail Services Center in the Ann and Alfred Goldstein Hall. No deliveries are made to the residence halls. All mail and deliveries should include the student’s name and college mailbox number using the format below:

  • After Assigned a Mailbox #
    Student’s Name
    ݮƵ College Box #
    1130 Greensboro Lane
    Sarasota, FL 34234
  • Items shipped for New Students
    Student’s Name
    1130 Greensboro Lane
    Sarasota, FL 34234

*When indicating your student’s mailbox number, please do not write it as a PO BOX number. ݮƵ College Mail Services is not a Post Office and the mail will not be delivered.*

Items that cannot be put in the student’s mailbox are held in the Mail Services Center and electronically scanned in; the student receives both an electronic email notification and a paper package notification slip in their mailbox. Flower arrangements or other deliveries are also delivered to Mail Services, logged in, and a notification slip is placed in the student’s mailbox. In case of overnight deliveries or perishables, we also attempt to contact the student by phone.

How can I obtain my student grades?

Students access their grades online through Self-Service; however, FERPA (the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) prohibits the College from releasing student records to a third party without that student’s written consent. FERPA will be explained in more detail during Orientation. Open communication with your student is the best way to know how your student is doing.

ݮƵ College Parents Association

Mission Statement

The ݮƵ College Parents’ Association works to support a positive parent-to-parent experience and the continued success of ݮƵ College of Art and Design through communication, networking, and engagement.

The goals of the ݮƵ College Parents’ Association are:

To actively work toward furthering the College’s commitment to family, inclusivity, and community by ensuring open channels of communication between parents and the College so that:

• Parents can find, or be directed to, reliable information about the College’s policies and procedures, College events, and other aspects of life at ݮƵ College that may affect their student.

• Parents have ample opportunity to provide feedback to College Administration and understand where to find contact info ().

• Parents can be informed about campus activities via the PA Facebook page (ݮƵ College Parents’ Association), the CORQ app, and communicate with the PA at pa@ringling.edu.

To enable parents to participate in the life and success of the College by sharing the benefit of their expertise with the College, its students, and one another. This sharing can take place through volunteer opportunities such as:

• Volunteering as Parent Ambassadors for campus events or National Portfolio Days in other cities.

• Identifying employment or summer internship opportunities for ݮƵ students or graduates.

•Encouraging promising students to consider ݮƵ College of Art and Design.

Want to be more involved?

Dr. Tammy Walsh, Vice President for Student Life and Dean of students, says that all parents of enrolled students are considered members of the Parents’ Association, adding that those who want to become more involved by volunteering during campus events or National Portfolio Days are enthusiastically welcomed. Send us an email at: pa@ringling.edu.

Parent Ambassador Interest Form

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