All Things Admissions

3 Healthy Habits for Your First College Semester

As you prepare for your first college semester, you might be feeling different emotions: excited to start a new chapter in your life, sad to leave your friends behind, or nervous to attend college. Although there isn’t a one-time solution to guarantee you’ll have the best first semester ever, here are three healthy habits for college students that can help you maintain your overall wellness.

Is College Worth the Cost?

If you’re a high school student, every adult in your life is likely pushing you to attend college. However, student loan debt is skyrocketing, and the average cost of college tuition has more than doubled in the last 30 years. This may have you wondering: Is college worth the cost?

In most cases, the answer is “yes.” But making good choices is key to ensuring you benefit financially from a bachelor’s degree.

College Priorities List: Choosing Between College Options

You’ve put in the hard work, and the college acceptance letters are rolling in. Congratulations! Now comes the toughest part – reviewing your choices and deciding which one checks the most boxes on your college priorities list. From academic opportunities to cost of attendance to location, here are the top items to consider as you evaluate your options.

Top 5 Reasons to Finish High School Strong

You’re in the second semester of your senior year. It feels like the final stretch of a journey you started more than a decade ago. Maybe you’ve even been admitted to your dream school. If so, congratulations are in order! But before you get too carried away, remember that your high school journey is not yet over; the weeks remaining still matter. Read on for the top five reasons to finish high school strong and safeguard your academic and financial future.

Benefits of Starting College in the Spring or Summer Semesters

It’s that time of year when students are beginning to make their college decisions. When thinking about starting college, the fall entry is probably front of mind for many. Starting college in September (for every place other than Florida, where we start in August) aligns with our expectations. After all, we start the K-12 school year in the fall, so logical progression means college should as well, right? Plus, colleges often heavily feature fall in many of their admissions documentation, with many talking about their average fall academic profile or average fall class size.

Who to Contact During Every Step of the College Admission Process

At the beginning of the college hunt, the admissions office is typically your go-to contact for general information, campus tours, and application submission. At USF, our Office of Admissions handles those responsibilities. However, once you’re admitted, there are a host of other campus partners you’ll work with to complete your enrollment. Read on for information on who to contact during every step of the college admission process.

College Tips for Nontraditional Students

I remember the first time I woke up with my face stuck in a textbook. It was 4:02 a.m. – time for work. Back then, my first job started at a gym at 5:30 a.m. After I got off work at 1 p.m., I went to my nannying job. From there, I would go to school, then chat with my roommates and do any studying before calling it a night.


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