Adjusting to College Life

Leaving for college marks a major transition in your life. For most students, going to college may be the first time living away from home. Beginning college means exploring a new place, making new friends, learning new things, and setting your own priorities.

If you are struggling with the transition to college, there are some ways you may be able to help yourself adjust:

  • Reach out to others in your housing - roommates, suitemates, RA's, etc.
  • Join campus organizations or clubs that interest you so you can meet and interact with others who share similar interests as you.
  • Give yourself time for self-care! Make time for breaks (rest), avoid the abuse of alcohol or other drugs, keep a manageable schedule, and plan to study in inviting atmospheres.
  • Recognize that some things (relationships, adjustment) can take time. Over time, your surroundings will become more familiar.
  • Seek out other resources on campus that can help you address problems and get academic and/or personal support.


Below are some links to find tips on how to adjust and make the best of your college experiences.