New student orientation. Roommates. College gear shopping tips.

During this prior College Gurus Radio Show Podcast, Jay Hauser shares his best advice for high school grads as they prepare to step foot on campus for the fall!  Listen to Radio Show 6/02/13 now.

Here are a few tips to help you get packed for college! Start by checking out the campus' residence life webpage to see what you are allowed to bring and what is prohibited. Most colleges have rules against halogen lamps, candles, electric blankets, and other items. Some colleges allow bed risers to help you utilize storage space beneath your bed. If they do, they may require you to specific college sanctioned bed risers. Boosting your bed even a couple of inches can add valuable real estate to your room. Purchase bed sheets that specifically note they are "extra-long." Standard dorm room beds are extra-long and require special sheets. A shower caddy is convenient to help you tote all of your self-care products and styling needs through the hallways. And don't forget your shower sandals! You will most likely be sharing shower stalls with everyone in your hallway or suite. Because the dining hall is not open at all hours, having some snacks and drinks on hand might be helpful. Constantly purchasing food from the vending machines gets expensive (and is unhealthy) and the cafeteria may not be located right next to your dorm. Since the school year begins during summer-like weather and many dormitories are not air conditioned, definitely bring a fan. Fans may also help you to tune out dorm noises that you may not be used to hearingost importantly, don't forget to bring a few items that remind you of home. It is natural to feel a little homesick in the first couple weeks of college, and you want your new room to make you comfortable and happy!  


Class of 2015

Can you believe it? Finally, your senior year has arrived! While there's bound to be excitement ahead, there are also key activities you can be doing now to prepare for the college admission process. Visiting campus, considering majors, and talking with your parents or guardians about paying for college are all very important. And, it's not too early to start thinking about those mentors and teachers you'll ask to write letters of recommendation on your behalf. Keep in mind that many high schools have their own protocol about requesting letters. For example, your school may ask you to put your request in writing. Find out the procedure at your school and be sure to read this article for other great tips!


Is Early Decision Right for Me?

Early application status is generally intended for students who are strong applicants for particular colleges or universities. Most early applicants have grades and standardized test scores at or above the average of the college. To apply early, students will have to adjust all their timelines so that the pieces of their application are ready to send in November. If a student is unsure if early action is the right fit, guidance counselors or college admissions officers may be able to advise students which path is appropriate.Check out more detail on admission policies here.

Last Call: July Promo of the Month

A recent Pew Research Center* report on higher education contains a number of findings about the rising value of a college degree (as well as the rising cost of not going to college). Answer this month's promo by accessing the link above to visit the Pew Research Center.

There are six key findings from the report that provide a compelling answer to the question: Is going to college worth it? Which one of the statements below is NOT a key finding of this report?

A) A college education is worth more today.

B) College benefits go beyond earnings.

C) The cost of not going to college has risen.

D) College value can be measured by the tuition and fees a campus charges.

E) College grads are more satisfied with their jobs.

Correct entries from students entering Grades 9-12 in the fall will have the chance to win an iPad. Correct entries from students in the HS Class of 2014 will have the chance to win a $500 I Am College Bound college incentive award.

Good luck, College Bound'rs!

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