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How to Survive Your Freshman Year

(6th edition)

Cartoon from How to Survive Your Freshman Year, 6th edition

“I can’t decide if freshman year was the worst year of my life ...or the best.”

How to Survive Your Freshman Year Book

Preparing for college can be such an overwhelming – yet exhilarating – time for every graduating high school senior.

Since (what seems like) the beginning of time, people have nostalgically described this experience as the best four years of their lives; these are the days when adult responsibilities are few and far between, memories are fond and everlasting, and self-growth is in complete overdrive. But how does one begin preparing for such a lifechanging adventure without having the slightest idea of what being a college freshman truly entails? Thanks to the 6th edition of the best-selling guide HOW TO SURVIVE YOUR FRESHMAN YEAR edited by Alison Leigh Cowan and illustrated by award-winning cartoonist Lisa Rothstein (Hundreds of Heads Books, 978-1933512990, $16.95, April 9th, 2019, Original Trade Paperback), college-bound seniors (and their parents) will head off to school fortified with expert advice from hundreds of current students, graduates, professors and advisors from over 200 colleges across the country. These contributors present the most up-to-date information today’s campuses have to offer while offering unique, firsthand insights only they can provide. With hundreds of new anecdotes from college aficionados across the United States, this book touches upon all aspects of college life. It sheds light on current hot-button topics like the prevalence of prescription drugs, dating in the age of the #MeToo movement, fraternity hazing, and freedom of speech on campus just to name a few.

Praise for 6th edition

Blurb 1

“This has it all: good solid advice for new college students, with suggestions on tutoring and entertaining jokes to help you get through some of the sobering wisdom about sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll. Delightful cartoons, funny and useful quotes from real college students and a light-and-bright cadence make this one of the best guides on the college experience.”

Sheryl WuDunn 
Pulitzer Prize-winning author who has worked in the college business and served on trustee boards at Cornell and Princeton universities.

Noah Bopp

“So fun to read. The sort of book you can turn to any page and read for as long as you want and always get something valuable!”

Noah Bopp
Founder and Head of School, at the School for Ethics and Global Leadership

Praise for past editions

What's New?

Episode 1 – Dating

On this episode, you’ll hear about the ups and downs of dating in college, how people meet and the challenges of long-distance relationships.

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Best Read by Those Who’d Rather Laugh than Weep

Turns out “How to Get Into College,” a quickly-forgotten, 1989 flop starring Nora Dunn & Phil Hartman as high-falutin’ college advisors, was not off-base. Just waaay ahead of its time. What a difference 30 years and the current pay-to-NOT-play scandal have made. Our editor, Alison Leigh Cowan, shares her take on all this, courtesy of the Washington Examiner.

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“I don’t think you’ll be needing that in Ithaca.”