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Before You Arrive on Campus

Information and strategies about how to prepare yourself for a strong semester before you arrive on campus.
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What Should I Not Bring to College?
Everyone has advice about what to do and bring as you head off to school. But where can you figure out what not to bring to college? Find a list of 9 best-left-behind items.

The Big College To-Do List
This comprehensive list provides a run down of everything you need to do, prepare, and pack before starting college.

What to Pack When Heading to College
Packing for college may seem like trying to put a square peg through a round hole. Find a list of the most-important essentials as well as the things that are best left behind.

10 Easy Ways to Meet People in College
Going somewhere, by yourself, where you may or may not know a single person, just might be the bravest thing you've ever done. With so many ways to meet people, though, finding connections is easier than you may think.

15 Tips to Avoid the "Freshman 15"
The infamous "Freshman 15": the rumored fifteen pounds every freshman gains during their first year in college. These fifteen tips, however, provide you with quick and easy ways to make sure you stay healthy as you adjust to eating away from home.

5 Tips for Making Freshman Orientation a Success
The schedule may be long, packed, and overwhelming. Learn how to make the most of your first week on campus.

15 Tips on Conquering Your College Freshman Fears
Being a little nervous and anxious before starting college is all completely normal. Having fears just means that you are invested in doing well and are eager to succeed, which, while scary feeling, actually means you're already doing everything right.

How to Choose Which College to Attend
After being accepted to several colleges, choosing which one to attend can be difficult. Making sense of the academic, personal, and financial factors behind each acceptance letter can help you decide which college you want to attend for the next 4 years of your life.

College Freshman Summer Reading
Colleges often assign summer reading to incoming freshman students. Learn more about college summer reading and why you should do it.

5 Things to Know About Your Financial Aid Package
Your financial aid package contains a lot of information. These 5 facts aren't mentioned but are important to know.

How to Easily Keep In Touch with Your Parents
Keeping in touch with your parents may be the last thing from your mind while you're at school. It's always a good idea, however, to at least touch base so they don't think you've fallen off the face of the earth. Even amidst your busy schedule, it's still possible to connect with your parents while maintaining your independence.

How to Select the Best Meal Plan
Understanding college meal plan options can be overwhelming. Learn more about traditional college meal plan offerings, how to choose what's best for you, and how to successfully manage your plan throughout the semester.

Religious Life in College
Staying connected to your religion may be an important part of your college experience. Being far from home doesn't have to mean being disconnected from your religion.

Laptop or Desktop: Which Is Best for a College Student?
Having the right computer can make all the difference in your college career. With pros and cons for both laptops and desktops, how do you know which one will be right for you?

Interview with Anne Crossman
Read our interview with Anne Crossman, author of Getting the Best Out of College: A Professor, a Dean, and a Student Tell You How to Maximize Your Experience and a guest blogger on About.com College Life for the week of August 25, 2008.

Which Clothes Should I Bring to College?
Knowing what clothes to pack for college is a hard decision for any college student. Learn what clothes to pack when you're heading to college -- and what clothes to leave behind.

10 Rules for the First Week in College
Your first week in college can be one of the highlights of your college life. Following these 10 rules for your first week in college can make it even better.

Do I Need a Car in College?
Thinking about having a car in college? Learn what to consider before making a final decision.


Thanksgiving in college always seems to come at the perfect time. Know what to do so that you can fully enjoy the long weekend and all that a college Thanksgiving has to offer.

What to Have in a College First-Aid Kit
Not sure what to include in your college first-aid kit, even though you'd like to have one? Find a list of basic essentials for any college first-aid kit.

How to Decide What to Pack for College
Not sure what to bring with you to college? Check out this list of 8 questions to help you decide what to pack and what to leave behind.

6 Life Skills to Have Before Starting College
Starting college soon? Learn 6 life skills you should know before your first day of class.

6 Academic Skills You Need Before Starting College
Heading to college? Find out the 6 most important academic skills you'll need to know before your first day of classes.

10 Things to Learn When Starting College
When you first arrive at school, knowing a few key things can make your life immensely easier. Read the 10 things you should learn when starting college.

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