Campus Life and Student Success

It's a Balancing Act

Whether you are commuting or live on campus, adjusting to life in college can be a challenge. From large classes to living in a dorm each new experience provides opportunities to learn more about yourself and how to become a successful student and individual. Browse the sections below to learn more about the student experience and what to expect in college.

  • College Classes

    When entering your college classes you will find some big differences compared to High School. Some of which include:

    • Flexible schedule and ability to choose classes on your own
    • Attendance is not required for most classes, but it may factor into your final grade
    • Additional studying is required – up to 30/40 hours each week
    • Assignments and readings are completed on your own
    • Classes are often larger and more diverse
  • Registering for Classes

    Registering for your class each semester can be stressful and sometimes competitive. When choosing classes keep your schedule realistic and if you are not a morning person avoid scheduling your classes early when possible.

    • Before registering for your classes make sure there are no outstanding balances on your student account
    • Popular and general education classes fill up fast: have back up courses ready in case!
    • Keep all your information handy, including major and graduation requirements, scholarship and financial aid letters and tax information
  • Deciding on a Major

    Take your time when deciding on what to major in and try to avoid staying with a field of study if you no longer enjoy what you are learning.

    • Not having a major when starting school is very normal
    • During your first year take a variety of courses that seem interesting
    • Attend student group meetings for different majors
    • Talk to someone in your campus career development center, professors, academic advisors and department heads
    • Volunteer with departments, students groups and in your college community to learn more about different jobs
    • Find something you are passionate about!
  • Student Success

    Being a successful student can take a lot of time and effort. It is important to know that what works for you does not work for someone else. Try to avoid comparing your study habits to others.

    • Go to class and let your professor know who you are within the first week
    • Stay organized and manage your time: avoid procrastinating and invest in a planner
    • If you prefer to study with others find a study group
    • Take advantage of the resources your school offers; tutors, writing centers, counseling services
    • If something is not going well do not be afraid to ask for help or support
    • Find a place on campus where you are most comfortable studying
    • Read your course syllabus!! This is your road-map for planning out the semester

    More tips for success

  • Textbooks

    Your campus book store will have all the books you will need but, it is often more expensive than renting or buying books online.

    • Renting textbooks is usually the cheapest way to get your books
    • Students who have taken the same course a previous semester may also sell you their books

    Options for purchasing or renting online

    • www.ecampus.com
    • www.chegg.com
    • www.campusbooks.com
    • www.amazon.com (Kindle’s Lending Library allows MEMBERS to check out e-books for free (great site for English majors. Members means you have to join Amazon Prime…$49 for college students)
    • www.barnesandnoble.com
    • www.half.ebay.com
    • www.bigwords.com
    • www.efollett.com