For many parents, watching their children finish high school and step into the world of adulthood is reason enough to worry - the last thing they need is to stress over which college they'll attend.
But for alums Tom and Anita Roudebush, of Stilwell, Kan., the news that their son Thomas had selected Pitt State couldn't have made them happier.
"After several visits to different schools, we were thrilled he recognized the value of becoming a Gorilla," said Tom, owner and president of Akro Fireguard in Stilwell.
"We wanted him to find a school that would complement the lifestyle we'd provided during his first 18 years. We were interested in a university that offered cultural exchange programs and on-campus opportunities to meet and build relationships with people from all walks of life."
Tom (BST '85) and Anita (BSED '86) say PSU made an immediate impact on their son, the same way it did when they were students.
"Being able to walk into a new course and recognize someone from activities outside of class has been very positive for him," said Tom.
Their advice to other parents?
"Visit, visit, visit," said Tom. "The only way to really get a feel for an institution is to be on campus during a normal week. Making sure your child finds an environment in which they can thrive takes time, but it's worth it."