eCollegeFinder Freshmen Advisor Award

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The Freshmen Advisor Award was created to recognize the top online resources that offer additional advice and guidance for freshman as they embark upon their college experience. These websites strive to encourage and educate younger students as they make the transition from high school to college.

This award is not only intended to commend the efforts of the Freshmen Advisors, but to provide students with a valuable resource to adjust to a new and unfamiliar collegiate lifestyle. Be sure to read on to see the unique advice each website has to offer. This wonderful collection of tips and insight is sure to put you ahead of the curve in adjusting to your fresh and exciting lifestyle away from home.


Dorm & Diet




Personal Experience

Preparation is the home of the weekly college journalists' chat. The site helps coordinate every week's chat in which college journalists talk about the problems they face, solutions and innovative new ideas.

What is your best piece of advice for college freshmen? Embrace your passion and run with it. Never say you can't and always seek collaborators.

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Effective Time Management Strategies

Dr Kell Tremayne and the team at Effective Time Management believe that good time management habits is essential for student success and making the most of college life.

What is your best piece of advice for college freshmen? We believe that planning, at the semester and weekly level, is an important ingredient for the college freshman. By planning your work and working your plan you master one of the critical skills of many successful people.

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How To Study

How to Study is dedicated to assisting students of all ages in every step of the studying process including preparing and setting goals, taking in and remembering information, and successfully applying information during the testing time. How to Study provides you with a wide variety of study strategies as well as writing techniques, and trusted resources. Be sure to check out How to Study's blog!

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Learning faster, becoming productive and finding out how to get more from life.

What is your best piece of advice for college freshmen? Enjoy the experience!

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Study Guides and Strategies

This safe, online environment will help over nine million learners to succeed in 2010 with free and uncluttered access as an independent learner-centric educational public service. Over 250+ researched-based topics support students, middle school through returning adult, as well as their teachers, parents and support professionals. In addition, 100 learner-developed and peer-reviewed exercises reinforce its guides and strategies, including extensive content in 35 languages.

What is your best piece of advice for college freshmen? Study.

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Study Habits

Study Habits is about developing good & effective study habits through different study techniques. It’s meant to function as a platform for students to learn and gain the skills necessary to succeed in academia. You can find pretty much anything from articles on how to study to educational videos, software as well as other study tools. The site is run by students and for students; anyone who wishes to share their tips can submit content to the site.

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Study-Tips-Today gives free advice on taking exams, improving your grades, and studying more efficiently. It also gives general study advice, as well as tips on getting money for college.

What is your best piece of advice for college freshmen? Time management is the key to success at college, but don't forget to take time to relax, too!

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The Chalkboard

The Weblog of the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Mathematics Department at Johns Hopkins University. This is a community bulletin board for mathematics-based advice, announcements, events, and items of interest for the mathematics community in general and for the undergraduates at Hopkins in particular. This is also one of my communication portals between me and the whole mathematical community.

What is your best piece of advice for college freshmen? Explore every possible and imaginable avenue of interest you may have during the next four years. Every single aspect of university life is geared to spark your imagination, enrich your future, and help to to figure out who yuo are. And every single advisor, professor and administrator's job is really to help you to understand and take advantage of the opportunities your institution and your life are providing to you. So walk to the deep end of the pool and dive in.

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The Mindmap Blog

The Mindmap Blog focuses on using mindmapping tools and resources for Education, Business and Personal Life. The site also highlights mindmapping as a productivity tool.

What is your best piece of advice for college freshmen? Ultimately, you are responsible for getting good grades and mastering your studies. Use mindmapping to help you take notes and be more effective and efficient when studying.

return to top is an informational blog created and maintained by for both college bound students and their families. Dorm 411 covers topics to help students prepare for college life and dorm living, from dorm room décor to campus safety, anything and everything dorm.

What is your best piece of advice for college freshmen? Most of us feel excited the first week or two of college life, a new experience and freedom unlike any we have ever known. It’s a rite of passage. However, with that rite of passage, comes self doubt, a little apprehension …big changes. Given time, you will settle into your new routine as a college freshman and those feelings of doubt and apprehension will soon subside. Just remember, to be successful in college, it is important to stay focused on your goals; to participate fully in classes and activities; to schedule your priorities and time wisely; to live healthy; and to stay connected to your family, old friends and new, professors, and advisors. Good luck in your freshman year!

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Freshman 15

Freshmen 15's mission is to educate current and future college students about a common trend throughout many first semesters: the Freshman 15 weight gain. Freshmen 15 was developed to bring advice, online forums, and engaging debates to first-year students in order to help them lead healthier lives and feel better about themselves.

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Organic on the Green

Coinciding with the enormous national movement on college campuses to increase the use of organic food in dining halls, Organic on the Green blog was created to bring this matter into the online world. The purpose of the blog is encourage the development of organic food programs on campuses across our nation. Organic on the Green hopes to spark a responsive discourse here and invite anyone and everyone to join. It seems that when students share the successes and pitfalls of their organic campus initiatives, others are more able to take the necessary steps to improve the quality of their campus dining.

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Student Body

The purpose of this blog is to communicate to young college students the dangers in letting food and body imagine control their lives. Going away to college invites all sorts of temptations regarding food and unhealthy lifestyles; therefore, this blog provides first-hand stories and advice covering these and many more topics: how to control temptations, how to channel unhealthy thoughts, which foods to never sacrifice and nutritious options.

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2East: The College Living Blog is a resource focused on providing insight, advice, humor and fun to students everywhere.

What is your best piece of advice for college freshmen?Make sure you're learning the lessons being taught outside of the classroom as well as the ones taught on the inside.

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College Fashion

College Fashion is the first and only fashion website catering exclusively to college students. Updated multiple times daily with the latest college fashion trends, style advice, fashion news, and photos of street style on college campuses across the globe, CF provides cutting-edge content to college fashionistas from around the world.

What is your best piece of advice for college freshmen? Don't be afraid to experiment with your style and be yourself! While in high school, there's pressure to fit in, college is the opposite - it's all about finding out who you are, and this translates to fashion sense as well. Style-wise, I recommend trying new pieces and experimenting with clothing you never would have tried in high school. Be yourself and have fun!

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College Fashionista is a fashion blog site for those who are passionate about the latest college fashion styles and trends on campuses around the world. This Web site allows students and other young adults to view photographs of what their peers are wearing around college campuses and gain valuable insight and tips to incorporate these looks into their own college fashion wardrobes.

What is your best piece of advice for college freshmen? Be true to yourself. Being you gets you a lot farther then trying to blend in. Dare to be different, the risk will pay off!

return to top is an online magazine for college women that individualizes its content college-by-college by establishing My Campus branches at schools across the country. With national content on Style, Health, Love, DormLife, and Career, supplemented by campus-specific content produced by teams of students at 60+ colleges across the country, Her Campus serves as a hub for everything college women need to know about today.

What is your best piece of advice for college freshmen? Try new things! You never know what you might like- it might be something completely unexpected- or whom you might meet.

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The Budget Fashionista

Founded in 2003, The Budget Fashionista is the ultimate site for fashion lovers on a budget. We made Budget Cool.

What is your best piece of advice for college freshmen? Shop thrift stores and the closets of your family members with jobs.

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Ur College Fashion

We here at Ur College Fashion strive to help not only the Freshman who are experiencing college life for the first time but those who go on to become graduates by completing their chosen degree. We know it isn't easy and most students' budgets are mighty slim while in school. We take pride in our attempts to help you find the best deals on all types of apparel and accessories. From books to finding the best college choices are also detailed in specific post as well as all college life experiences.

What is your best piece of advice for college freshmen? My best advice to any college Freshman is to remain steadfast and focus on each day as the only day you have to get through. For tomorrow you will soon be a Senior and or graduate student as time will begin to pass quickly so enjoy your experience, your new friends and be safe.

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College Blender enables students to find out what people are talking about on their campus and at other colleges worldwide. Currently home to the web's largest network of student bloggers, CollegeBlender will soon be providing campus-locale tweets, check-ins, and more.

What is your best piece of advice for college freshmen? Talk to upperclassmen at your school for the best advice. Colleges can provide good resources on campus, but some of the best information is contained in the student body's collective mind.

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College Tips

What sets this website apart from others is that was written by college students for college students with intent to discuss issues that college websites and welcome packets often avoid. The tips and topics are extensive, varying from living in the dormitories, managing money, extracurricular involvements, buying textbooks, taking tests, getting to know professors, spring break planning, navigating a syllabus, majors and minors, healthy lifestyles, fashion and safety precautions. This is the ultimate online survival guide for helping students get the most out of their college years.

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CollegeThrive is a site filled with study hacks, productivity tips, freshmen advice, and more. The site is dedicated to helping students thrive in college while putting in less effort. With a strong focus on technology, CollegeThrive brings students the best resources for getting things done.

What is your best piece of advice for college freshmen? No matter how tempting it is to skip, always go to class.

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The eCampus blog strives to provide college students with everything they might need to know. From study tips and where to find cheap textbooks, to cheap recipes and college sports, the eCampus blog is here to help.

What is your best piece of advice for college freshmen? Go into college confident and organized. With a stress-free start, nothing can get in your way!

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Freshman Experience is an online community for college freshmen across the country, including articles, coupons and over one thousand university message boards. Serving fresh savings daily, Freshman Experience has the perfect blend of coupons, promotions, and deals to keep any college freshman within budget!

What is your best piece of advice for college freshmen? For many college freshmen moving into the dorm each Fall, it is their first true taste of independence, and with added freedom comes additional responsibility. My best advice for college freshmen is to find balance among the three S's of student life - Sleep, Study & Socialize. Without parents monitoring your schedule, it can be easy to neglect the importance of adequate sleep and a well balanced diet. Although the "Freshman 15" has gained mythic status, it is a pitfall of college life that can be avoided, especially as more college campuses recognize the importance of proper nutrition and offer greater choices within their meal plans. While it is important to live in the moment and experience all that college has to offer, it is also a good idea to step back and maintain proper perspective between the opportunity to study and the chance to socialize. Depending on your personality, you may find yourself spending all day studying in order to keep your GPA as high as possible, or you may discover that there is always something interesting happening on campus and homework takes a backseat. Finding that balance will be up to each individual student, and it won't be the same for everyone, but the goal upon graduation should be to minimize the number of regrets you will have in the future. When you graduate, hopefully you will leave with lifelong friends and a depth of knowledge in your field. Remember - everyone starts college as a freshman, and it can be overwhelming at times, but if you keep everything in perspective and remain confident in your decisions, you can enjoy your Freshman Experience and help pave the way for a successful road ahead.

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i-Student Life

i-studentlife is the global community for students to share their experiences, advice and insight into studying overseas. The site features blogs from current international students around the world, country guides, discussion forums and the i-studentlife Community, a social network dedicated to students.

What is your best piece of advice for college freshmen? If you get the opportunity to study abroad, take it! As well as broadening your educational horizons and increasing your appeal to employers, studying abroad will provide you with a unique adventure and the chance to experience new places and cultures first-hand.

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Mads Vassar Blog

Mads Vassar Blog is Vassar College's unofficial source for news and culture since 2007.

What is your best piece of advice for college freshmen? Do an overnight at the school. The best way to see if the school is right for you is to spend time with actual students and do as they do. The tours and info sessions are helpful, but can only show you so much.

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YOUniversityTV is the web's largest college video resource for college-bound students with videos of the top 500 Colleges & Universities featuring college tour videos, student videos and campus videos. With nearly 10,000 college related videos on the site to browse, students can connect directly with their schools of interest for more information and even apply directly to the school(s) of their choice right from their YOUniversityTV student accounts. YOUniversityTV even offers uncertain students a proprietary college ""match me"" tool that helps guide them to check out schools that are best suited to their personality and interests!

What is your best piece of advice for college freshmen?Assert yourself. You get out of life – and college – what you put in, so also participate in things outside of the classroom. Take in every piece of what your particular school has to offer and soak in the important experiences that will benefit your future. Use your college career as the first step to building your resume and expanding your social and professional network. This can be done through hands-on experience such as internships, philanthropic work, clubs and student organizations. And throughout all of this, never forget that college really is the best time of your life. Stop and smell the roses as often as possible, have fun, and stay focused on your educational goals.

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College Advice

College Advice is dedicated to helping students transition into and through out college by providing advice about many things students need to know. We bring everything that high school graduates, college students and grad students need to know on one site.

What is your best piece of advice for college freshmen? Never hold back on asking for help; there are always people out there willing to give help.

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College Lifestyles

College Lifestyles is a nutrition, lifestyle, etiquette, career, and fashion firm for savvy co-eds and sorority ladies. Combining the intellectual teachings of nutrition, lifestyle, and etiquette; with the zest and sass of our Founder/CEO (and our interns!); College Lifestyles ™ serves as a real-life, reality-filled, oh-so-true stop for nutrition, lifestyle, fashion, career, and etiquette for savvy co-eds and sorority ladies!

What is your best piece of advice for college freshmen? This sounds very cliche, but I always suggest for college freshman to do 2 things - get organized and get involved! Before the semester begins, begin to map out your classes, unpack your suitcase to your dorm, write in your planner, use your calender and mark 3 hours a week out for each class you take. Fill in your spare time with organizations which are appealing to you - whether Greek Life, Student Programming, or Organizational Groups. This is the best way to meet people!

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College-Warehouse is a "realistic" view of how college should be enjoyed. It has articles, tips, everything else you need to survive four years of insanity.

What is your best piece of advice for college freshmen? Explore! Get out and meet as many people and do as many things as possible during your first four years of freedom! You'll regret it if you don't!

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Every College Girl

The concept is simple: “things every college girl should know”. We are a team of college girls from across North America writing on topics as varied as how to change a tire, to how to do a keg-stand, and everything in between.

What is your best piece of advice for college freshmen? Take it one day at a time! I had some good experiences my freshman year, and a lot of awful ones, but I got through it and it made me the person I am today!

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Freeze College Magazine

Freeze is a student run magazine dedicated to helping college students - particularly at Harvard University - with everything from college life, to love and relationships and more. We also focus on women's fashion and are the only student group to produce a monthly photo shoot.

What is your best piece of advice for college freshmen? Bring lots of underwear. We promise, you won't be doing laundry half as frequently as you do at home. There's always something else to do instead! Having a sizable stash of spare pairs will be a life saver.

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Give Me the Almond Butter

I give you a look into my healthy lifestyle as a college student. From easy and quick recipes, cheap buys and fitness, you can find advice how to live a healthy lifestyle.

What is your best piece of advice for college freshmen? Eating nutritiously can easily prevent you from getting sick while in the dorms!

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Inspiration and Motivation

We have a collection of inspirational and motivational quotes. We also have a blog that contains articles that will motivate and light up your spirit.

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The Green College Student

I target college students and young professionals in order to share news, articles, and tips on going green. Some topics I cover are easy ways to green your laundry, green your dorm room, and green transportation. I talk about green collar jobs, educational courses related to sustainability, and cover some of the best green colleges. I also stay up to date on environmental news including the oil spill, California's (attempt) to ban plastic bags, and other issues which could effect young people. I have my website in order to educate the young people of the future in order build a more eco-friendly generation.

What is your best piece of advice for college freshmen? Build strong habits- time management, networking, and going green.

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Green Student U

Green Student University was created to offer valuable and up-to-date information to college students about sustainable living practices and worldwide green events. It is important to show college students how they can turn current events into on-campus movements. By informing students about ecological concerns and providing them with the advice needed to tackle some of these issues, Green Student University will help advance the green movement for current and future generations.

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30-Year-Old Freshman: The Search For Intelligent Life In College

30-Year-Old Freshman is the brain-child of writer S.B. Bryan, a former 30-year-old freshman at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. Bryan, now a 30-year-old junior, offers tips, tools, and advice for college along with a quirky, sardonic sense of humor that has made his site popular across several college networks in record time.

What is your best piece of advice for college freshmen? Enjoy the ride! College is an experience and if you don't stop to enjoy it, you might not appreciate the fact that you have access to higher education--something that only 1% of the population worldwide can claim!

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College Campus Mama

A stay at home mom entering into the world of college again and what her experiences are the second time around.

What is your best piece of advice for college freshmen? Try not to get overwhelmed and ask for help when you need it.

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College Experience

College Experience is a college advice blog that offers an inside look at real college life. Unlike your typical book or website, we tell you straight forward how it is and we keep it real. Who better to receive advice from, than from actual college students? We offer our own college experience in all aspects of college life, from classes and grades, to parties and drugs. So go check out what we have posted and educate yourself!

What is your best piece of advice for college freshmen? Get out there and experience college, you will regret it if you dont!

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Kill Jill Goes to College

A blog for college-bound kids and current students who want to know what life in college is really like, with some of my own personal perspective thrown in. Humor and geekery abound.

What is your best piece of advice for college freshmen?Do not cause the residence fire alarm to blare for an hour at 2am on a Thursday night. (I didn't do this. But I did want to hunt down the kid who did.)

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Musings of a PR Student

Michael White is currently on an internship with Microsoft in London. His blog covers the realities of the working world, the events of student life and pondering over the PR industry.

What is your best piece of advice for college freshmen? Make sure that you put your passions first in life. Don’t be afraid to be different and make sure your life is always more interesting than your fellow students’.

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An ongoing chronicle of a college student working her way through life, playing tennis, snowboarding, shopping, reporting and living her dream of traveling the world as a cultural journalist and professional photographer.

What is your best piece of advice for college freshmen? Don't worry about fitting in. Get involved with as many things as possible that make you happy, participate in school functions, get to know your teachers and eventually everything will fall into place and you will be completely content with your college experience.

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Personal Development blog

A personal discovery blog - things I've read and learned the hard way, things I'd like to share to make others succeed.

What is your best piece of advice for college freshmen? Never stop because everyone else does, be sure to give your absolute best to achieving your goals.

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University of Nonsensical Happenings

The University of Nonsensical Happenings is run and written entirely by students at the University of New Hampshire. We share our opinions to fellow students in an entertaining, yet informative matter. We try to encourage and promote a fun discussion of campus happenings while trying to represent the student voice.

What is your best piece of advice for college freshmen? Do not be afraid to try anything new, do what you want and most importantly have fun.

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1-2-3 ... Get Organized

Beverly Coggins has written Three Steps to Time Management for the College Student based on years of mentoring college students. Three Steps to Time Management for the College Student helps students get the most out of their college years. It helps them determine their priorities, passions, and gifts, and create a plan that reflects them. As they follow their plan, their lives will be guided by their own priorities rather than those of others. They'll end up getting good grades, managing their money, themselves and their time, finding a career that fits, and HAVING FUN!!! The bonus section provides study tips for acing your classes!

What is your best piece of advice for college freshmen? Know yourself - your passions, priorities and gifts. They will act as a filter to new and present opportunities, so you're doing what you love! AND - keep up with classwork starting from the first day.

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College Freshman

Your freshman year of college marks the beginning of an exciting and life-changing, lesson-packed experience. This academic year can be fun, challenging, and everything in between. To help prepare first-time college students for their freshman year, this website offers tips on what to do before the semester begins, what to pack, how to easily make friends, and a dictionary to help you understand unfamiliar words and phrases you may hear around campus.

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College Scholarships

We provide college students with the latest college news, scholarships, and tips to successfully get into college, navigate through college, and graduate from college. Our goal is to help you find direction and fund your college education with college scholarships and financial aid.

What is your best piece of advice for college freshmen? Use your campus and online resources early to guide you in the right direction. The last thing you want is to pick your classes according what you think you should do without any guidance.

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CollegePrep101.COM is the home of all your college preparation needs. We provide information for those planning to attend college, their families, and educators who work with them. Included are a list of college terms, as well as what to bring to college, information about scholarships, standardized test preparation, buying textbooks, saving money on college, and daily college life. College planning checklists are also included for all ages.

What is your best piece of advice for college freshmen? Make use of all the campus resources available (advisors, turoring, counseling, health services, etc.) and don't let a question go un-answered. The only dumb question is the one you don't ask!

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Higher Ed Life Coach

Higher Ed Life Coach ( is a source for advice and information about college life transitions. Articles are written by higher education professionals and life and career coaches who serve the college market. It is not focused on admissions advice or financial aid, but on helping college students and their parents with the life transitions that come with college. Created by Sean Cook, a certified Life Purpose and Career Coach whose practice focuses on coaching college students, their parents and higher education professionals.

What is your best piece of advice for college freshmen? Don't just GO to college. ENGAGE in it instead. Your participation (inside and outside the classroom) is required. If you expect other people (faculty, staff, other students, organizations or your parents) to deliver college success to you, do yourself a favor and don't go. Education is sought. Pizza is delivered. Know the difference.

return to top smart college planning guide and tips offers a comprehensive guide to help high school students plan for college. It provides a step-by-step calendar to guide incoming freshmen through the college prep – college search – college admission – and college aid process with important due date reminders. Visitors have access to an array of tools that help both students and parents make important college decisions.

What is your best piece of advice for college freshmen? our college budgeting process and budgeting worksheet – FREE for the downloading.

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