Campus Life

Colleges with The Best Food

I’ll bet that most high school students researching prospective colleges don’t give a lot of (or any) thought to how good a college’s food program is as one of their selection criteria. When you think about it, food quality is a very important aspect of college life. Many high schoolers come from homes where good ...

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Is Your College Student Wasting Money?

Parents, if you have a child who is also a college student, especially if this is his or her first college year, you may be wondering about how s/he is handling finances. You may already have a clue, based on what you have observed about their spending habits at home. However, being away from home, ...

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Laptop Lock Up in the Dorm?

Question: My daughter has been assigned to Stuart Hall 6th floor (Penn State Main Campus). Do the desks have the capability of storing and locking a lap top? This is a question for the office of Residence Life at Penn State. Write to AskResLife@psu.edu or make a call to one of the numbers listed here: ...

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Last-Minute Room in the Dorm?

Question: What are the chances if you signed up for a DORM ROOM TO LATE? Im on a waiting list as of last week. Do you think its possible they will call me? This is a question for the Residence Life department at your college. “The Dean” has no way of knowing where you attend ...

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Advice for Son Expelled for Academic Integrity Violation

Question: My son was expelled from college a few months ago due to egregious academic integrity violations caused by depression and stress during the first few weeks of his freshman year. He plans to take classes during this summer and fall and get his Associate’s degree by December. He wants to apply and attend a ...

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College: Day One Emotions

Parents, is this your son’s or daughter’s first year of college? If so, what kinds of reactions have you gotten from them about their new lives, especially their classes? Those first few days (or even weeks) can be a real culture shock for many college first-year students. Of course, this topic wouldn’t be complete without ...

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Dining Hall Dilemma

Parents, if you think your college student is eating all his or her meals in the college dining hall, you’re sadly mistaken. You may recall some of my ravings here about those very special nights when I was in college (yes, that was back well before all the planets in our solar system were formed) ...

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Homebounders

How many parents out there have a son or daughter graduating from college next spring? How many of you have a son or daughter who graduated this past spring? I’d like to get your comments regarding your child’s post-graduation prospects. I started a thread on the College Confidential discussion forum that focuses on a new ...

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The College Experience

Way back at the end of 2008, I wrote some articles about what I loved and didn’t like about my college experience. Of course, the inspiration for these memories came from my college “daze” (as I like to refer to my college “days”), which transpired just a few years before the Big Bang. In case you ...

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Be A Frugal Freshman

College costs more than just tuition, room, and board. I’m always amused every summer by the threads that appear on the College Confidential discussion forum about “What to buy for college?” Usually, it’s mothers looking out for their sons and daughters. My favorite threads are the ones about sheets. “Should we buy king-size sheets?” “What ...

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