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What to Do if You Fail a College Class
Not sure what to do if you fail a class in college? These 5 simple steps can help things from getting worse.
10 Roommate Gifts
Need ideas about gifts for your roommate? Check out this list 10 roommate gifts.
16 Cool Careers for Communications Majors
Being a communications major means a lot of job opportunities will be available for you after graduation. Find a list of careers for a communications major.
What Is Academic Probation?
Academic probation can be frightening, especially if you're not even sure what it means. Here's a definition along with what to do if placed on probation.
10 Places to Study on a College Campus
Finding places to study on a college campus can be a challenge. Check out these ten original ideas for places to study that can help you focus on your college coursework with a minimum of distractions.
What to Do If You're Failing a Class in College
Not sure what to do if you're failing a class in college? Learn what steps you can take to make the best of a bad situation.
College Graduation Gifts: 14 Great Ideas for...
Need a gift for a student who is about to graduate from college? Check out this list of 14 classic college graduation gifts for any budget.
Togas, Tuxes, and More: 25 Great Theme Ideas...
So you're in charge of planning a major college party. Find 25 college party themes that can work (if not rock) on any college campus.
From Studying to Celebrating: How to Survive...
College finals is often one of the most challenging times of the semester. Learn how to make it through college finals -- from how to prepare to how to study to how to celebrate when you're done -- in this comprehensive survival guide for college students facing college finals.
Is It Bad If I Fail a Class in College?
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What You Should Do if You are Placed on...
Being placed on academic probation in college may have been totally expected -- or a complete surprise. Either way, it's serious business. Figure out what academic probation is, what your options are, and how to make sure your probation status ends as soon as possible.
What Is the Difference Between a College and a...
You've heard the terms used for different kinds of institutions, but ... what exactly is the difference between a college and a university?
8 Time Management Tips for College Students
Time can quickly become your most precious commodity in college. Learning how to manage and use it wisely may be one of the most useful things you can do.
Give Ramen a Rest: 25 Tasty Things You Can Cook...
Think ramen and soup are your only options? Find 25 things you can cook in your microwave, especially if you're in college
10 Reasons to Get a College Degree
Being in college is hard in many ways: financially, academically, personally. Keep yourself motivated with these ten reasons to get a college degree.
10 Great Gift Ideas for Your College Sweetheart
Need a gift for your college girlfriend or boyfriend? Find 10 great gift ideas that will work for nearly any relationship.
Kicked Out of College?
Being kicked out of college -- because of an academic suspension or other reason -- is serious business. Learn what to do if you're kicked out of college.
5 Things Not to Talk to Your Professor About
Talking to professors can be intimidating; you want to connect but not overstep. Learn 5 things not to talk to your professor about.
How to Tell Your Parents You're Failing a...
There's no doubt about it at this point: you're failing a college class. What's the best way to break the news to your parents?
How Important Is a College Minor?
Much is made of having a minor (or two or three) during your time in school. But how important is a college minor once you graduate?
How to Reduce Stress During Finals Week
While college stress is constant throughout the semester, college stress during finals week takes it to a whole new level. Learn 6 easy ways to manage college stress during finals week.
What Can You Do With a Business Degree?
Not sure what you can do with a degree in business? Find a list of 14 career options if you have -- or are interested in getting -- a degree in business.
How to Make a Paper Longer
Is your paper short of its length requirement but you're out of ideas? Find 6 ways to make a paper longer -- and better.
What Is an Incomplete?
: What Is an Incomplete? The language at your school may vary -- taking an incomplete, asking for an
What to Pack When Coming Home from College
If you're coming home from college for Thanksgiving or Spring Break, knowing what to pack can ensure your time at home is productive and enjoyable. Find a list of what to pack if you're coming home from college.
10 Tips for Getting Along With Your College...
Living with someone else inevitably has its challenges Find 10 tips for getting along with your college roommate.
What to Do if You Failed a Test in College
Think you failed a test mid-semester or during finals week? Luckily, there are a few options available for college students who think they failed a test.
14 Jobs for an Economics Major
Now sure what you can do with a major in economics? Luckily, an economics major will more than prepare you for these 14 great jobs.
What to Consider Before Signing Up for a Double...
A double major is a complicated situation for many college students. While having a double major has its benefits, it also has its challenges. Learn more about double majoring and what it may mean for your experience as a college student -- and for your career goals.
10 Ways College Students Can Reduce Stress
Stress is inevitable for anyone attending college. Learn 10 tips to help keep it under control so you can focus on the more enjoyable parts of your college experience!
What to Do if You Have a Bad College Professor
Bad college professors can ruin any college course. While options with a bad college professor may be limited, there are some things college students can do to make a bad situation better.
The 50 Differences Between College and High...
College vs. High School: The differences are many - and important. Find a list of 50 differences between college and high school.
5 Things to Do If You're Charged With...
Being charged with plagiarism in college can take on a wide range of forms, but it always is a serious situation. No matter what your situation is like, however, you'll need to know these 5 things about how to handle it.
Can a Student Date a Professor?
Your professor is funny, smart, and kinda cute. But is it okay to date a professor during your time in college? Find out here.
The Pros and Cons of Becoming a Resident Advisor
Being a resident adviser (RA) in college can be a great job while you're in school. But being an RA also comes with pros and cons that you may not have considered before applying. Learn more about being a college RA and if it's the right fit for you.
What Is a Double Major?
You may have heard of people graduating with double majors but aren't totally sure what that meant. So just what is a double major anyway?
What to Do If You Hate Your College Roommate
Having problems with your roommate? Not sure if you're going to be able to continue sharing the same space? Learn more about tips and tricks to improve things . . . or change them, if necessary.
Gift-Giving Guide for College Students
Are you a college student struggling with what to get someone for a birthday or holiday? Find a list of gift ideas perfect for any college student's budget, regardless of occasion.
15 Tips to Conquer College Freshmen Fears
Nervous? Anxious? Think they let you in by accident and that you'll never make friends? Find 15 tips for conquering your college freshmen fears.
Low-Cost Gift Ideas
Need to give gifts for the holidays or an upcoming birthday? Limited by your college-student budget? Find a list of 8 nice but low-cost gifts that can work into any starving student's financial situation.
10 Sample New Year's Resolutions for College...
Need a list of New Year's Resolutions any college student can do? These 10 New Year's Resolutions are perfect -- and perfectly doable -- for college students.
Can My Parents See My Grades for College?
Many parents of college students want to see their student's grades. But do you really have to share your grades for college?
15 Ideas for Breakfast in College
Tired of the same thing (or nothing) for college breakfast? Here are 15 ways to mix up your morning meal in college.
12 Easy Meal Ideas for College Students
These 12 easy meal ideas for college students are simple, are inexpensive, and use items easily found in your residence hall room or kitchen.
What to Pack for College
Most packing lists encourage you to buy things from a specific store. Find out the must-haves you really do need to bring -- and what to leave behind.
6 Gifts for Siblings
Not sure what gift to get for your brother or sister? Check out this list of 6 gift ideas for siblings -- even ones as crazy as yours.
20 Ways to Celebrate a College Birthday
Looking for ways to celebrate a college birthday? Find a list of 20 fun, funky, and celebratory ideas.
If Your College Roommate Dies, Do You Get a 4.0?
Everyone's heard the rumor that if you're college roommate dies, you automatically get a 4.0. But is there any truth behind this urban legend?
What Is a Roommate Contract?
The residence hall staff at your college has advised that you and your roommate sign a roommate contract. Find out what exactly a roommate contract is and if it's right for you.
What Is a College Booster?
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8 Holiday Gift Ideas for College Roommates
The holidays are approaching and you need to get your roommie a gift. Check out this list of 9 holiday gift ideas for college roommates.
What Kind of Jobs Can You Get With a Biology...
Planning on getting a degree in biology? Find a list of 17 careers you can have with a degree in biology.
College Studying Tips for Final Exams
Having good college studying tips can make or break your performance on a final exam. Learn 5 key college study tips for college finals week.
5 Questions That Can Help Make Choosing a...
Figuring out how to choose a college major can feel overwhelming. Asking yourself these five questions, however, can make things easier.
25 Things All College Students Should Do Before...
Wondering what to add to your college
5 Key Skills for College Time Management
Learn the 5 key skills for college time management so that you can stay on top of your to-do list.
50 Ways to Make New Friends in College
Not sure how to meet people and connect at your school? Find a list of 50 ways to make friends in college.
20 Ways to Spend New Year's Eve in College
Not sure how to spend New Year's Eve in college? Get 20 ideas to help make your college New Year's Eve plans fun and exciting.
Should I Live On or Off Campus?
There are pros and cons of living both on and off campus. Learn more about each, and how to decide which is right for you.
10 Reasons You Should Go Greek in College
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4 Ways to Maintain Long-Distance Relationships...
Being at school can simultaneously be incredibly challenging and incredibly rewarding. It's hard to share those highs and lows, though, with a partner who's far away. Get information on how to stay in touch despite your crazy schedules and still feel connected despite the distance.
Why Go to Class?
You're tired, you have a ton to do, or you just don't have the motivation. Then why go to class? Before you skip, check out these 20 reasons why going to class in college might be more important than you think.
12 Careers for Political Science Majors
There's a reason why political science majors are so popular. Find a list of 12 careers for political science majors.
Does GPA Matter in College?
Sure, you want to do well in your college classes. But does GPA matter in college? And if so, for what?
What Is a Full-Time Student?
Find the different ways people, companies, and even the government determine if someone is a full-time college student -- or not.
50 Ways to De-Stress and Relax Amidst the Chaos...
Not sure how to destress? Find 50 ways to destress, specifically catered to college students.
How To Petition for a Grade Change
Petitioning for a grade change in college can be tricky. With a little knowledge about the process, however, petitioning to have a college grade changed can be easier than you might think.
8 Ways to Start a New Semester Strongly
The choices you make during the first few weeks (and even days) of college can have long-lasting effects. Find out how to start a semester strongly.
What to Do If You Get Sick in College
Nearly every student, at some point, gets sick in college. So just what are your options if you're sick at college and missing class and assignments?
How to Withdraw from College
Need to know how to withdraw from college? Find a list of steps to take so that the process runs as smoothly as possible.
10 Tips for Moving Back In With Your Parents...
While living with your parents after your college graduation may not have been your first choice, there are some things you can do to make the situation easier for everyone -- including yourself.
When to Take a College Course Pass/Fail
Most college courses require students to take them for a grade. In some instances, however, students can take a few courses as pass/fail during their time in college. How can you know when the pass/fail option is better than the regular grading system?
How to Decide if You Should Transfer to a New...
Not happy at your current college or university? But not sure if transferring is the best option? Going over this 4-point checklist can help clarify if transferring is the right choice -- or not.
A Big College To-Do List: What You Need to...
This comprehensive list provides a run down of everything you need to do, prepare, and pack before starting college.
Last-Minute Gift Ideas for College Students
Need some last-minute gift ideas for someone in college? Find several last-minute gift ideas for the college student on your list -- whether it be a boyfriend/girlfriend, roommate, friend, or even the kind person who helped you from failing your statistics class -- that are sure to please.
Best College Student Gift Ideas for Moms
Finding the right gift for Mom can be a challenge for college students, who are often short on time, energy, and funds. Find 7 easy and personal gift ideas you can make or do from your campus.
Disciplinary Probation
In contrast to academic probation, disciplinary probation results from behavior that a school deems unacceptable. Find out more about what exact disciplinary probation is -- and what to do if you're place on it.
8 Reasons to Send Graduation Announcements
Not sure why -- or even if -- you should send out graduation announcements for your college graduation? Learn 8 reasons why they're a good idea.
7 Time Management Tips for Finals Week
Time management in college is hard enough during the regular semester; during finals week, things get even more complicated. Find a list of 7 time management tips you can use during college finals.
Items for a College Grocery List
Not sure what to put on your college grocery list? From soup to nuts, a list of all that you'll need to save money and keep a well-balanced diet.
5 Ways to Tell if a Potential Crush Likes You...
Not sure if that person you've had your eye on is interested in being more than friends? Check out these 5 ways to better gauge their interest in moving from friends to something more.
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.
Tips and Tricks for Making the Most of Your...
From tropical vacations to rest and relaxation to prepping for graduate school, find all you need to know in this College Student Spring Break Guide.
What to Eat Before a Test in College
Not sure what to eat before a test? In college, the answer becomes even more complicated, as most students are short on money and time.
What to Do If You're Bored in College
Bored in college? Find a list of things to do on campus to help pass the time.
How to Truly Succeed in College
Succeeding in college is easier said than done. Learn what you can do as a college student to ensure your college experience is all you hoped it would be.
How To Select the Best College Meal Plan
Understanding college meal plan options can be overwhelming. Learn more about traditional college meal plan structures, how to choose what's best for you, and how to successfully manage your plan throughout the semester.
50 Ways to Stay Entertained During College...
After the chaos of an academic year, the slowness of summer can be jolting. Find a list of 50 ways to stay entertained during a college summer.
8 Ways to Save Money with Friends in College
Nearly all college students are trying to save money in school, so why not work as a team? Find 8 ways to save money with friends in college.
How to Make Friends in College
Wondering how to make friends in college? Fortunately, it's easier than you might think -- especially with these 7 tips.
How to Do Laundry in College
Many students learn how to do their own laundry when they go to college. Learn all the ins and outs of doing laundry in college.
How to Relax Over College Breaks
College students have intense stress during their academic semester. With all that there is to balance, how's a student to relax and de-stress over a holiday break?
How Much Time Should I Spend Studying in College?
Not sure how to study in college? Find out how much time is really needed to study in college effectively.
What to Do If You Failed a Midterm
Failed a midterm? Learn 6 important steps to take.
Should I Be Withdrawing from a Class?
Not sure if you should be withdrawing from a class? Learn how to make the right decision based on your circumstances.
How to Get to Know Your College Professors
College professors can be intimidating. Fortunately, however, knowing how to get to know your professors might be easier than you thought.
5 Disadvantages of Poor Planning
Poor planning, often a result of poor time management, can wreak total havoc on your college life. Find 5 unexpected consequences of poor planning -- and what you can do to fix them.
Should I Drop a Class?
Not sure if you should drop a class? Make sure to ask yourself these 6 questions before making any final decisions.
Becoming a Resident Adviser (RA)
Interested in become a college resident adviser but not sure what the process is like? Find out what the application experience is like on most campuses.
Holiday Jobs for College Students
Many college students need jobs over the holiday break. Find 6 options for holiday jobs for college students and how to find jobs that fit best into your holiday schedule.
How to Set Goals in College
Do you know you need to set some college goals but aren't sure where to start? Find a list of steps to take.
How to Get in Touch with Your New College...
You've been waiting for your roommate's name and contact information for what feels like forever. But now that you got it, you're not sure where to begin. Learn what to do before you make contact, and how to make the most of that first conversation.
How to Reduce Academic Stress
Feeling overwhelmed by academic stress in college? Find 9 ways to cope.
15 Things to Talk to Your Professor About
Interested in talking with your professor, but nervous about the conversation? Find a list of 15 things you can easily talk to your professor about.
What to Expect on College Move-In Day
Not sure what to expect on move-in day for your college? Learn the basics of how to prepare and what often happens on college move-in day.
What to Do If a College Class Is Full
College classes can fill up rather quickly -- especially if it's a class you really need to get into. Find 6 tips of how to handle a college class being full.
A Formal Graduation Announcement Wording Sample
See example #1 of a formal college graduation announcement.
How to Meet People in College
Knowing how to meet people in college seems so easy -- until you try it. Find a list of 10 easy ways to meet people during your time in school.
6 Signs You Chose the Wrong Major
Not sure you chose the right major? Check out these 6 signs you chose the wrong major to help you better understand your situation.
The Ultimate College Graduation Checklist
Graduating from college? Feeling overwhelmed? Use this college graduation checklist to make sure you get everything done amidst the chaos.
6 Ways to Celebrate the End of the Semester in...
The end of the semester may take forever to come in college. But once it does, it can hit you like a ton of bricks. Learn 6 ways to celebrate the end of the semester in college.
How Not to Procrastinate
Many college students know they procrastinate, in general, but may not know what exactly that procrastination looks like on a daily basis. Find 8 easy steps to help you not procrastinate in the first place during your time in school.
How To Ask for an Extension on a College Paper
Asking for an extension on a college paper can be terrifying -- but often necessary. Learn the best way to approach your professor about a paper extension.
10 Fun Date Ideas
Need fun date ideas? Find a list of 10 ideas for fun dates for college students (or anyone!).
Should I Go Greek in College?
On many college campuses, fraternities and sororities are a key part of life outside of the classroom. How can you decide if they're right for you?
Top 10 Ways of Wasting Time in College
Not sure if you're wasting time? Check out these top ways of wasting time in college -- and how to tell if they're good or bad in any given situation.
8 Tips for Students Starting College
You've waited a long time to start college. Now that you're officially a college student, how do you make sure that you set yourself up for success during the first few months?
5 Cheap College Date Ideas
Date? Yes. Money? No. Find 5 cheap college date ideas to make sure you have a good time without blowing your budget.
How to Exercise in College
Finding time to exercise in college can be a challenge for even the most diligent of students. At the same time, however, being physically active can be an important part of staying healthy during your time in school. So how can you find the time -- and energy -- to make sure you exercise in college?
15 Ways to Stay Safe in College
Staying safe at college doesn't have to be complicated. Check out these fifteen easy, quick tips to make sure you, and your stuff, stay safe while you're in school.
What Is Room and Board?
: What Is Room and Board? Nearly everyone knows that, when you go to college, you have to pay tuition
What Can I Do with a Math Major?
Being a math major is no easy task, but finding out what you can do with a math major doesn't have to be nearly as challenging. Find a list of 14 jobs you can do with a math major.
Managing and Saving Money
Funds are infamously tight for college students. Learn some crucial ways to manage your money, think creatively about finances, find hidden savings, and handle the unexpected.
10 College Mistakes to Avoid
Worried about doing something wrong in college? Check out this list of 10 college mistakes to avoid -- no matter who you are.
How To Write a Research Paper
Writing a research paper in college can seem overwhelming. Problem: the project itself seems insurmountably huge. Solution: break things down into smaller projects, work backward, and take it one step at a time. Following these 6 basic steps should make writing a research paper in college manageable for any college student.
What Is a Leave of Absence?
Not clear on what exactly a leave of absence is? Find out the specifics, if you qualify, and if taking one during your time in school is right for you.
What to Do If You Know Someone Is Cheating in...
Know someone who is cheating in college? Find out what your options (and obligations) are.
5 Ways to Relax for Under \$5
Relaxing, especially while a college student, doesn't have to be expensive. Find 5 ways to relax and rewind -- all for under $5.
Best College Student Gifts for Dads
Funds, time, and resources might be tight, but they're no excuse for not getting your dad a great Father's Day gift.
12 Opportunities for Leadership in College
Want to take on a leadership role in college? Learn 12 places to challenge yourself and expand your horizons when it comes to college leadership.
Unwritten Rules for the College Showers
Not sure about the unspoken rules of taking a college shower? Find out the do's and don'ts of the college shower.
What Can I Do with a Psychology Degree?
Interested in getting a psychology degree but not sure what you'd do with it? Find a list of what you can do with a psychology degree.
How to Get Organized in College
Not sure how to get organized in college? Find 5 quick tips to help you start your year organized and in control.
How To Work on a College Group Project
Know that it's OK to check in with your professor about what's happening (or not happening). You can do this midway through the project or at the end.
College Time Management 101
Find tips and tricks on everything from avoiding procrastination to the 5 critical time management skills every student should know.
What Is a College Transcript?
Not sure what a college transcript is, what the difference is between an official and an unofficial one, or even how you get a copy? Find all you need to know.
How to Stop Procrastinating
Need to stop procrastinating? Learn how to stop procrastinating -- for good -- during your time in school.
Guide to College Graduation Announcements
Not sure if you should send college graduation announcements out? To whom you should send them? Where to get them? Or even what they should say? Learn everything you need to know about college graduation announcements.
Can I Have a Pet in College?
Curious about whether or not you can have a pet in college? Learn the general rules for having pets in college.
College Student Holiday Survival Guide
In college, but don't know what gifts to get the people you love? Need smart ways to earn and manage money over the break? Not sure where to go when the campus residence halls close? Have homework to do but need some guidance about how to stay focused? All of these questions -- and many more! -- are addressed in the About.com College Life Holiday Survival Guide.
21 Careers for English Majors
English majors often graduate with a degree everyone knows about -- but not what to do with. Find a list of 21 careers for English majors.
How to Study in College
Knowing how to study in college can be a key factor in determining how well you do in your classes. And while you may have done well in high school, studying in college is a whole new ball game. Learn how to study in college based on your own learning style.
How to Get Enough Sleep in College
Given that sleep often gets cut first when stress levels pile up, these 7 simple tips can ensure you find time to sleep enough in college.
How To Organize a Dorm Room
Dorm rooms are famous for being small. Following these 5 rules for how to organize a dorm room, however, can help make the most of that tiny space.
What Can I Use the Financial Aid Office for?
Think the only time you should talk with the financial aid office is when you're submitting or receiving paperwork? Think again.
8 Benefits of Good Time Management in College
Is it really worth all the time and effort to get organized? Yes! Here are 8 reasons why. (Number 5: You'll have more time to enjoy your time in school.)
5 Ways to Say "I Miss You" in a Long-Distance...
Being in a long-distance relationship in college can be quite a challenge. Find 5 ways to let your girlfriend or boyfriend know you're thinking of them -- despite the distance.
College Terms Defined: A-H
Life in college can sometimes seem to have a language all its own. From
What Is Plagiarism?
Plagiarism in college is no small problem. But what exactly is considered plagiarism in a college or university?
How to Stay Organized in College
You may start each semester off strong but end up in flames by the end. So just how can you stay organized in college over the long term?
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