Relationships for College


Based on focus groups with college students, this program looks at the many types of relationships students develop and maintain in college. Students will explore ways to start new relationships, nurture important connections, and decide when and how to end relationships that may be difficult or harmful. This program explores one of the most difficult subjects students face: focusing on building skills to handle relationships with ease.

Relate provides a skill-based introduction on how to maintain positive relationships in college and beyond.

Ideally Suited For

  • Students interested in building communication skills with friends, family, and partners
  • Parents concerned about equipping their students with the tools necessary for healthy relationships


  • Improved communication with friends and family
  • Increased awareness of how behavior affects relationships with others
  • Enhanced self-efficacy around starting and maintaining positive relationships
  • New attention to strategies for feeling confident and resilient

Detailed Description

Relate focuses on skills such as assertiveness, positive communication, and setting relationships goals to help students understand that relationships are important and within their control.

Relationships skill focuses include:

  • Ways to talk to roommates about your needs
  • Adjusting to college
  • Dealing with frustration in relationships
  • Demystifying romantic connections
  • Staying close to parents
  • Coping with breakups
  • Conflict resolution
  • And more

This program was developed by the Stanford University Behavioral Medicine Laboratory.