Strategies for Succeeding in College

Millions of students headed off to college this fall to attend colleges and universities all over the world. For some students they are the first in their family to attend college. For others this will be their first time away from home. College can be scary and overwhelming. Below are fifteen strategies to help students succeed in college and make the most of their experience.

Complete financial aid paperwork early.
Be sure to complete financial aid paperwork in advance. Not completing paperwork may delay the disbursement of your aid and result in you not being able to register for classes and/or purchase your books.

Exhaust all financial aid options.
When completing financial aid be sure to look into all grants and scholarship opportunities. If necessary contact your employer to see if they offer tuition reimbursement. Most employers require advance approval and a minimum GPA upon completion of the course.

Tour your campus before classes start.
Taking a tour will help to ensure that you know how to find important locations including the registrar's office, bookstore, financial aid office, faculty offices and classrooms.

Setup your dorm room or apartment.
Organize your dorm room/apartment in advance so that you are ready for the beginning of the semester. Purchase food and cleaning supplies to keep you from eating too much fast food or having to take time out to run to the store for needed items.

Get a wall calendar or daily planner.
Go through your calendar and write out important dates including Holidays, Winter/Spring breaks and due dates for projects, quizzes and exams.