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College Survival Tips

Learn some college survival tips from students who've been there, done that, before you step foot on campus as a confused freshman. College doesn't have to be as tough a transition as everyone makes it out to be, if you have a heads up. Consider these college survival tips a Freshman Year 101 required course.

  • Beat the College Admissions Stress
    Don't let college admissions stress get you down. Have a little fun while you wait by surfing these sites.
  • CollegeBoundís Driverís Ed: Buying Your First Car in College
    Check out some important tips to keep in mind when researching your first college car...
  • Shying Away from Being Shy
    You may be able to control that shy feeling by reading out loud to yourself. Here are a few tips on what to do to give yourself more confidence and succeed at college and in your everyday life.
  • Crisis Time
    It looked like my junior year of college was going to be a blast. And then one Saturday night while I was out with friends, my pager went off. It was my younger brother telling me awful news...
  • How to Impress Your Profs
    So, how do you get to know that intimidating person standing in front of the class? There are a number of tips and tricks that will not only help you get to know your professor, but make the right impression from day one.
  • Freedom! Adventure! Excitement! Homesickness!?
    When the reality of being away from home finally hits a couple of weeks into your first semester, excitement may make way for a gnawing emotion deep down in your gut -- homesickness.
  • College Tips That Could Save You and Your GPA
    "For a year and a half I struggled to redeem my GPA and failed miserably... 'If only I knew then what I know now...' I think over and over again. That's why I'd like to share these tips. Learn from my errors - and avoid making your own..."
  • Getting in the Door of Waitlisted College Courses
    Landing the class of your dreams isn't always easy in college. Classes fill up quickly during registration and getting in may require some extra work and effort. Here's how you can go about getting in the door...
  • 8 Steps to a Stress-Free Semester
    Check out these eight easy steps for ensuring a smoother -- and more stress-free -- semester.
  • How to Conquer Those Dreaded All-Nighters
    One of the biggest battles you, as a soon-to-be college coed, must learn to conquer is the dreaded all-nighter. Here are some tips from experts and students on the best ways to prepare for a super study marathon.
  • Safety on Campus
    Remember, safety is a state of mind. By keeping your eyes open and exercising simple common sense, you will almost certainly be one of them. Here are some tips from college students to get you prepped...
  • Got Stress?
    If you're like most high school seniors, you may be feeling a little stressed lately. You've got a lot on your plate. And to top it off, the prospect of college may be making you a little nervous.
  • What Not to Bring, Say, or Do Your Freshman Year of College
    Check out this humorous list of things to do -- and not do! -- during your freshman year of college.
  • College Students and Credit Cards: Armed With Plastic and Not Afraid to Use It
    If granted the power to see into the future, many college students would think twice before saying, "Charge it!" Had I seen what was to come, I would have handled my credit cards differently.
  • Surviving Your Freshman Year From A to Z
    Get ready for college with these A-to-Z survival strategies.
  • How to Get Your Z's in College
    A decent eight hours, and poof -- you wake up refreshed. That may be your high school life, but what will happen when you're in college?
  • Survival Tips From College Students
    Real college students give their tips for making it through freshman year and beyond.
  • Don't Be a College Slacker
    Many of us, when faced with boring textbooks, find ourselves easily distracted from our studies. Identify activities that lure you away from your academic responsibilities now, and incorporate changes to alter your slacking behavior before it's too late!
  • Tips for Chilling Out in College
    The pressure of study, financial restraints, and being away from home for the first time can put a great strain on some college students. Check out some of these tips for chilling out in college...
  • Released from the Cage of High School
    Sure you're eager to set flight in college, but remember that some of your old high school habits could easily make you crash.
  • Cutting Through the Red Tape of School Bureaucracies
    Colleges are run by offices and paperwork -- lots of offices and paperwork! If you want to get anything done, you need to know how to handle the bureaucracy (a.k.a., "red tape"). If you learn to cope with bureaucracy in college, you'll be better equipped for that task when you enter the job market.
  • The Laundry Quandary
    You've embraced your new identity as a full-fledged adult, except for one thing - that gargantuan pile of laundry that is uncontrollably busting out of the closet, stuffed surreptitiously under the bed, draped over the new computer, and blocking the pathway to the mini-fridge.
  • Survival Tips From Real College Survivors
    Every year, thousands of students go to college unprepared. Rather than be one of the unlucky, heed the advice of some college pros.
  • Claiming Your Independence
    Christa Semecky remembers spending much of her college career locked up in her dorm room, living in fear. That's because neither Christa nor her parents had ever come to an understanding as to how they'd all be affected by the changes that college presents--specifically, independence.
  • Is College Stressing You Out? Take one of these 20 One-Hour Vacations
    Studies have shown that even short intervals of down time can facilitate a reduction in stress. Try one of these one-hour-or-less "vacations" to help relieve test anxiety, term paper deadlines, and other college stressors...
  • Five Ways to Beat the Homesick Blues
    At least 50 to 75 percent of college students suffer from homesickness, and 5 to 10 percent are so severely affected they seriously consider returning home. When it's your turn, don't let homesickness get the best of you. Beat the homesick blues in five steps.
  • The CollegeBound Network's Two Cents
    A CollegeBound Teen magazine classic in which the editorial staff discusses their advice for college...
  • Crunched for Time in College?
    Crunched for time in college? Here are some clock watching tips to get you into the game...
  • College Student Cyber Roundtable: If I Only Knew Then...
    We may not have a fortune teller or a genie with seven wishes, but we have something even better.... Seven college students who have been there and done that, dishing out advice they wish they knew then.
  • 10 Simple Things You Can Do To Conquer College
    A list of 10 succinct and simple college success rules. Some are unconventional and some are blunt, but they are all effective.
  • How to Protect Yourself From Identity Theft
    Here are ten tips, courtesy of's Dani Arthur, for keeping yourself safe from identity theft.
  • 5 Roommates, 8 Semesters
    Considering most things about college scared me, rooming with a total stranger was definitely the biggest of my worries. In the end, I had five roommates in four years. It has been an adventure and a challenge, but take it from me--there are ways to make dorm living less draining.
  • Hold On to Your High School Teacher
    Staying in touch with your high school teachers can be amazingly beneficial for many reasons: academic assistance, valuable input on course selection/career choice, study hints, and plain old moral support. Check out these tips for staying in touch.
  • Breaking Out of the Wallflower Syndrome
    Learn how you can stop being shy and start enjoying college.
  • Finding New Friends at College
    Amidst the overload of information on class schedules, cafeteria food, and dorm rooms, the first week of freshman year is also filled with a sea of new faces and awkward introductions. Everyone is anxious to settle into the new environment, and finding new friends is one of the easiest ways to become more comfortable in college. Though not everyone will become your best pal, there are some ways to turn amiable greetings into lifelong friendships.
  • A New Kind of Back-To-School Makeover
    College isn't about image, it's about what's on the inside. Here's how you can learn more about yourself while getting the most out of your college experience.
  • What Kind of Thinker Are You?
    After discovering my new intelligence, I was motivated to pursue a different major at college. I switched my major from biology to a double major in English writing and mass communication. I was literally a new person...
  • 25 Ways to Do College Differently
    We checked in with 25 college grads from the class of '05 for their regrets along with some insight on how you can graduate with a sense of fulfillment.
  • 10 Ways to Focus
    If you'd rather do your roommate's dirty dishes than finish your assignments, you might have some concentration issues, and it's likely to reflect in -- gasp! -- your grades.
  • Don't Be a Victim: Up Your ID Theft IQ
    Read on for some real-life tales and real useful tips on how to avoid ID theft...
  • Manage Time the Techie Way
    Think you'll be overwhelmed by college? Think again. These hi-tech strategies will help keep you up-to-date on all your assignments and projects.
  • Speed Bumps on the College Road
    College can be a bumpy road, but these 20 tips will have you zooming towards graduation.
  • Social Skills 101
    Nervous about becoming a freshman? Here are six basic tips for making your first-year at college friendly and fun.
  • Your Life, Your Looks, Your Brain: How to Recreate Yourself
    After four years, you deserve a makeover. See how you can use your freshman year of college to reinvent yourself on the inside and out!
  • 5 Ways to Survive a New Town
    Here are five simple tips for getting to know your college town...
  • Bounce Back from Senioritis
    If you're in the throes of senioritis, you'll have to learn fast how to bounce back once you start college. Here's how...
  • Off to College: 5 Tips For Freshman Year Jitters
    Freshman year of college means being taken out of your element and tossed into a bigger one with new faces and adult responsibilities. To fight first-year college culture shock, take this expert's advice
  • 8 Things You Need to Know Before Setting Foot on a College Campus
    Hear from one student about what you should expect once you arrive at college. Some things may surprise you...
  • How To Stay Active in High School Sports Throughout College
    This article is for incoming freshman who wish to continue playing sports in college and are looking for their niche. College athletics has a variety of possibilities.
  • Six Steps to Collegiate Success
    As new students, it never hurts to have a few tips for looking -- and sounding -- your best in class. These six helpful hints will enable even the worst procrastinator to pull through in a pinch and will help you achieve collegiate success. Check out these tips for thinking, speaking, and questioning (even when you're not always prepared).
  • What Not to Say to Your Professor: Tales from College Faculty
    Tried and true student excuses for just about anything and humorous responses from faculty.
  • How to Feng Shui Your Study Area
    Feng shui is the Chinese art of placement that focuses on balancing your surroundings with the energy around you. Don't worry, it's not as scary as it sounds.
  • Survive Living with Friends in College
    Your friend may be your roommate, but how do you tell her the kitchen stinks and her boyfriend is not a couch cover?
  • Turn Back-to-School Nightmares into Get-Ahead Dreams
    Check out these five scenarios of back-to-school experiences gone awry and find out how to wake up from the nightmares and get set up for sweet, get-ahead dreams.
  • Advice for First-Generation College Students
    Being the first in your family to attend college is a major accomplishment. It can also be a major challenge.