Why This Course Is Important

In 1900 fewer than 2 percent of Americans of traditional college age attended college. Today, new technologies and the information explosion are changing the workplace so drastically that to support themselves and their families adequately, most people will need some education beyond high school. College is so important that more than 67 percent of high school graduates (approximately eighteen million students) attend. Because higher education can be essential to your future earning power and your overall well-being, we are committed to providing a set of strategies you can use to do your best.

Why Should I Take This Course?

Research conducted by colleges and universities has found that first-year students are far more likely to be successful if they participate in courses and programs designed to teach them how to succeed in college. This course is designed to help you avoid some of the pitfalls—both academic and personal—that trip up many beginning students.

Aren't All the Topics in This Course Common Sense?

In college issues such as relationships and personal health become even more important when you’re living away from home. Even if you’re living with your family or have a family of your own, college will challenge you to manage your time, feel comfortable interacting with professors, and study effectively. So, although some of this information may be common sense, this course will provide new insights and information to help you make decisions that will lead to success.

Hasn’t This Information Been Covered Already in High School?

No. We find that many college success strategies cannot be properly presented or understood until students are actually in college and have an immediate “need to know.”

What Am I Going To Get Out of This Course?

This course will provide a supportive environment in which you can share your successes and your frustrations, get to know others who are beginning college, develop a lasting relationship with your instructor and some other students, and begin to think about your plans for life after college.