The quarter system at Northwestern allows Lorien to study multiple majors – a huge plus for this student with varied interests. Considering Northwestern? Read about Lorien’s first year at this rigorous Big 10 school!
At Loyola University Chicago, Zara is gaining hands-on experience in the Elementary Ed program and experiencing college life in a major metropolitan city. Read why this freshman loves Loyola!
Solveig’s expectations of a typical college experience have been replaced with the sound of bagpipes and 500-year-old architecture. Read about this freshman’s international adventure at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
Solveig (far left) with friends at sunset.
One of the best ways to learn about a college is to hear from someone who goes there. Each year, we invite freshmen to share their first-year experience, so follow along to get the inside story on campuses across the country. Today we're featuring American University. This suburban-feel campus near the heart of DC gives students plenty of opportunities for learning, exploring and fun. Read why El... Read More
Standout experiences from Jake’s freshman year include a winning football season and a unique, supportive residential life. In his Spotlight, read why this finance major loves Notre Dame!
Notre Dame Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Daniel knew he wanted to study in the South, and after a tough decision between two colleges, he headed to Emory where he’s enjoying unique classes and a collaborative, friendly campus. Read Daniel’s highlights in his Spotlight!
Ponce City Market with friends
After arriving with mixed emotions, Ellen had a rewarding first semester at UMich filled with challenging classes, activities like MRun and weekend outings with her roommate. In her Spotlight, read about her highlights as a new Wolverine.
Lima is living her dream as a Watson Institute Scholar at Lynn University. Read about her journey from Kabul, Afghanistan to Boca Raton, Florida, and see how she's making an impact by embracing opportunities her freshman year.
Wondering what college life in a small, midwest town might be like? Olivia shares in this College Expert blog that life at Wartburg College is filled with extracurricular activities, political engagement, volunteer opportunities, and plenty of welcoming faces.
Cherry Blossom Season
Natalia knew George Washington University was where she belonged the minute she stepped on campus. In spite of some freshman year challenges, she is still overwhelmed with excitement to be pursuing her interest in service and politics in the nation’s capital. Could GW be right for you? Check out her spotlight!
Baylor Club Golf team
Coming from a small high school with a graduating class of 70, Will knew he was looking for something different in a college. In his Student Spotlight, read why Baylor’s size, high-tier athletics, diversity and sense of community felt right the minute he stepped on campus.
An up-close view of the floats from my trip to the Rex Den!
What university ranks in the top 50 and offers a rich cultural experience in the South? Read Caroline’s freshman year update on Tulane University.
"Hope College is situated in Holland, Michigan, the cutest town straight out of a Hallmark movie and 14 minutes from the beaches of Lake Michigan, ”writes our latest College Spotlight contributor. Read about the sense of community and tradition that drew Kylie to this midwest college.
Interested in STEM, a small campus surrounded by 4 accessible colleges in southern California? Check out our College Spotlight on Harvey Mudd College.
My roommates and I (the third roommate is behind the camera) attended Corgi Beach Day on Huntington Beach!
Interested in studying International Relations, Political Science, Pre-Law, or Communications and be at the heart of our nation’s capital? Read this College Spotlight on American University located in Washington, D.C. to get a freshman’s perspective on life at the Capital. Read More
Get a glimpse of what it’s like being a freshman at Notre Dame in this College Spotlight detailing the academic and campus experiences that make this institution a top ranking university in the US. Click here to read the College Spotlight. Read More
By Lauren Michael
When I told my mom that I was thinking about studying urbanization abroad in Ethiopia she immediately googled “Does Ethiopia have Ebola.” The answer: Africa is really big. So, no. Ethiopia did not and does not have Ebola. That’s not to say that she wasn’t still worried about me going. I was worried too. Even as a sophomore, I still got homesick. If I went to Africa, I would be g... Read More