College is a whole new animal. 

It's full of different, exciting, and sometimes overwhelming moments!

We have a lot of experience in this area - and we have put together our best advice for college freshmen. As you explore which college or university will best meet your needs, we know you probably have a lot of questions, and you should. Attending college is a big deal, and one that will hopefully prepare you for your career.

With that in mind, we would like to offer you and your family some tips and guidance on financing an education, managing the search process, and how to best adapt to college once you get there. A survival guide of sorts!

While we try to anticipate all of your questions, we suggest you talk with your guidance counselor, teachers, admission staff at the colleges you are interested in attending, and family and friends who have experienced college, to gain more insight.

In this guide we cover our best advice for college freshmen:

  • What to consider when paying for college
  • Tips for sending your children off to college
  • Campus safety
  • Addressing common fears of first-year students
  • Balancing academics and college life
  • Taking advantage of counseling services