Campus Life

Substance-Free College Housing

If you’re involved in the college process right now or know someone who is a college student who lives on campus, you have probably heard of so-called “substance-free” housing (SFH). What is that and why does it exist? For starters, think about the stereotypes of college life. What’s one of the most common images that ...

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Tour de Campus

I’ve been following the Tour de France the past couple of weeks and have been reminded of the seemingly odd connection between that great sporting event and a critical component of the college process — college visits and their associated tours. Thus, “Tour de Campus.” The modern version of the Tour de France comprises 21 ...

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A Summer College Visit Resource

Although fall is probably the best time to visit colleges that are on your list for potential applications, summer is a good time too. Fall offers the advantage of having the student body present, which is one way to get the “vibe” of a college’s atmosphere. Summer, however, has its advantages. First of all, you ...

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Dorm Life vs. Off-Campus Living

Many colleges require freshmen and sometimes sophomores to live on campus. Juniors and seniors usually have the option to live off campus, which may be a way to save money and possibly improve social and academic circumstances. I’ve experienced both sides of that coin. I lived in a dorm my first year of college and ...

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Know Thy Professors

Well, May 1 is history. Most high school seniors have sent their enrollment deposits and are now focused on having a strong finish to their senior year. It’s also time to start thinking about signing up for classes at college. Back in the day, before computers and the Internet, class registration was held on campus ...

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Spring Cleaning: 3 Tips to Organize Your Study Space

Today’s article was submitted by Tiffany Sorensen from Varsity Tutors. Spring is here, and what better time to organize your school supplies? As you prepare to clean your study spot, aim to be both tidy and loyal to your personal needs with these tips: Choose an organizational system that suits you Every student has a different ...

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Choose the Right Courses for Your Senior Year

Today’s article was submitted by Tiffany Sorensen from Varsity Tutors. Your senior year of high school is a year of balance—in other words, you should balance classes that will challenge you with ones that will delight you. Your final year is the perfect time to be both productive and exploratory, so here are three strategies to ...

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Free Speech on Campus

I have always been a proponent of free thinking, especially when it comes to the concept of higher education. Although we all have certain ideological polarizations, a healthy attitude for approaching college might well be something like, “I know what I like and believe, but I am certainly willing to keep an open mind and ...

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From Here to Fraternity

Here’s a question for high school seniors headed to college this fall and for college freshman who are now into the second half of their first collegiate year: Have you thought about joining a fraternity or sorority? In other words, is college Greek life for you? I remember one event from my dim college past: ...

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Resolution Revolution

It’s early January, the beginning of a new year. College students have returned to campus after what may have been a long holiday break and are ready to undertake what seems like the longest stretch of the academic year. In other words, it’s back to business … big time. Of course, this time of (New) ...

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