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2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards for College Life

Learn More About the Best of the Best in 2012


The 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards are annual awards, chosen by readers, that recognize the best of the best. Here on the College Life site, the awards are meant to recognize those services and resources that make college students' lives better -- or at least a little easier.

The timeline for the 2012 awards was as follows:

  • Nominations were accepted from January 18, 2012 through February 15, 2012.
  • Online voting took place from February 22, 2012 through March 21, 2012.
  • Winners were announced on March 30, 2012.

Please note that the About.com Guide to College Life, Kelci Lynn Lucier, facilitated the process. She selected the final nominees based on the number and quality of nominations received. For more information on the awards, please visit the About.com Readers' Choice Awards homepage.

1. Best Site for College Students, by College Students

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2012 Readers' Choice Award Winner: On Campus Sports

Amidst everything else they have going on, some college students are able to make some truly kickin' sites that speak about the college experience, provide advice for their fellow students, or simply provide other information to make college life easier.

This year's finalists for the "Best Site for College Students, by College Students" award included Her Campus, On Campus Sports, and UVM Bored.

2. Best Site for Renting College Textbooks

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2012 Readers' Choice Award Winner: BookRenter

As the option to rent college textbooks has become increasingly popular, the number of online vendors has also increased. And while renting college textbooks can save students some serious money, it can be difficult to know which sites are the best priced, most reliable, and most trustworthy.

Even though the field of textbook rental is relatively new, there are some clear leaders in the field already. BookRenter, Chegg, College Book Renter, and Neebo all rose to the top during the nomination process, with BookRenter eventually winning the award.

3. Best Site for Buying College Textbooks

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2012 Readers' Choice Award Winner: eCampus

While your campus bookstore may be nice and convenient, it can also be very expensive. Fortunately, as more companies offer the option of purchasing college textbooks online, college students are presented with more options about where to purchase their books each semester.

Of course, the ease and reduced costs of buying your books online can quickly be negated if you get stuck with a less-than-ideal vendor. This year, AbeBooks, Amazon, eCampus, Neebo, and Textbooks.com all made it through the nomination phase, although eCampus took home the top honor as this year's winner.

4. Best Book on Adjusting to College Life

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2012 Readers' Choice Award Winner: How to Survive Your Freshman Year

Let's be honest: Adjusting to college life is no easy task. And while you can get advice from your friends and parents, sometimes you just need a different, trustworthy perspective.

Fortunately, there's no shortage of "How to Adjust to College" books on the market. Unfortunately, however, not all of them provide the best advice. The 2012 finalists for this award included 1001 Things Every College Student Needs to Know, Everything You Need to Know Before College, How to Survive Your Freshman Year, The Naked Roommate, and Navigating Your Freshman Year.

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