5 Books for College Freshmen to Read Before the Fall

While this fall semester may be one of the stranger ones, it’s still important to prepare yourself. Here is a list of books you should read for that.


While this fall semester may be one of the stranger ones due to the small matter of a huge global pandemic, it’s still important to prepare yourself. Here is a list of books you can (and should) read before the fall semester:


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  1. The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College by Harlan Cohen

This handbook guide is just what you need to get through the bumps in the road that come with being in a new environment, with new people, and new responsibilities. The Naked Roommate will tell you everything you need to know about college, from roommate troubles (naked or otherwise) to navigating study groups or budgeting your money. This book brings together real life advice from students on over 100 college campuses, while simultaneously entertaining you with hilarious and outrageous stories.

This book will also help you figure out aspects of adult life that you may have missed in high school. The Naked Roommate gives its readers helpful advice about the party scene. If you want to learn about how alcohol, drugs, and sex actually work in college, not in movies, this book can help. Furthermore, it’ll teach you about safety tips that’ll help you navigate adulthood and college.

So, if you want a hilarious read and some genuine advice on how to figure out college, adulthood, and independence, check out The Naked Roommate!



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  1. The Freshmen Survival Guide: Soulful Advice for Studying, Socializing, and Everything In Between by Nora Bradbury-Haehl and Bill McGarvey

Forget zombie survival guides, this is what you really need for your college freshman year. The Freshman Survival Guide deals with the many layers of complexity of college life. It gives students advice about the ubiquity of technology and social media, and how those factors will affect your life and your college experience.



The Freshman Survival Guide’s updated edition also looks at, and explores new research and advice about mental health, sexual assault, and finding balance. With this book, you can learn about dating, money management, and the ups and downs of college. You can find helpful advice that’ll be sure to follow you and push you to do your best through your freshman year and beyond.

So if you’re looking for great life lessons, sage advice, or just some helpful tips you can use to get through the complex confusion that is college, The Freshman Survival Guide is for you.


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  1. College Hacks by Keith Bradford

College Hacks is full of tips and tricks to get ahead in every aspect of college, from friends to studying, parties to job interviews, cleaning your dirty dorm room to acing your exams. Any college freshman will find themselves in a strange situation that they never expected, and this book of College Hacks will give you just the tools you need to navigate those. In the words of College Hacks itself, “stop making college harder than it should be!” And given that college is hard enough, with enough uncertainty and bewilderment, there’s no need to make it harder.

College Hacks will give you new ideas and tricks to try to make the journey smoother. You’ll learn things you never thought of before, and ways to fix problems you thought unfixable. These hacks will save you time, space, and money better spent or used elsewhere. It can also help your grades. For example, did you know reading out loud helps you proofread your papers? Or that snacking on chocolate while studying or napping right after will help you remember the material and get better test scores? And that’s just what’s on the cover!

So seriously, “stop making college harder than it should be,” and go check out College Hacks for some neat tips and tricks that, after learning them, you’ll forget how you ever lived without knowing them.


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  1. 1001 Things Every College Student Needs to Know: Like Buying Your Books Before Exams Start by Harry H. Harrison

1001 Things Every College Student Needs to Know is just that—need to know. And guess what, you do, in fact, need to know. Every college student, even and especially those who think they know everything about college already, should read this book. These are powerful and proven tips that’ll help new college students navigate their new everyday lives. This book is a mixture of wit and wisdom that’ll entertain you while advising you on classes, dorms, studying, and everything you need to know about college.



Some of the helpful topics this book covers are “You need to know how to take notes when you can barely understand the professor,” or “You need to know that college papers are longer than half a page,” or “You need to know how to manage your time since your mom is no longer managing it for you,” or “You need to know more than you already think you know about drinking and drugs,” and so much more.

So if you’re going to college in the fall, there are some things you need to know. Here are 1001 of them. Go check this book out!


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  1. How to Win at College: Surprising Secrets for Success rom the Country’s Top Students by Cal Newport

“How can you graduate with honors, choose exciting activities, build a head-turning resume, gain access to the best post-college opportunities, and still have a life?” What a tantalizing question. Well, the first step to the answer is to read this book! How to Win at College has collected seventy-five simple rules based on interviews with star students at universities nationwide. This tips and tricks will help you get through the academic side of college while still staying active in the social side, helping you achieve a well-rounded life.

But some of these tips aren’t what you think they might be. For example, “don’t do all your reading,” “drop classes every term,” and “care about your grades, ignore your GPA” may seem both hypocritical and dumb. This book isn’t your average how-to about college, it pushes you to think out-of-the-box to get the success you want.

So if you want to learn more about this seemingly strange advice, or you finally want to learn the answer to that tantalizing question, this book is for you!



College can and will be difficult for everyone, no matter how prepared you think you are. And while no book will ever compare to the real life experience you’ll get in your first year of college, these five can give you some help. So go check them out, and learn a little advice that’ll get you as ready as you can be.

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