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Toolkit for the Transition to Freshman Year

Did you know?

- 65% of college freshmen suffer from homesickness?

- 75% of students are too embarrassed to seek help for emotional issues

- 83% of college students drink

- 80% of students are interested in spirituality

Of course, as someone who works with students, you are already well aware of the challenges they face when making the transition to college life. And if you are like most of the educators and administrators we’ve worked with, you are also aware that incoming students are often unprepared for what lies ahead. As a result, despite all the resources available to them, far too many of them crash and burn. That is why we wrote The Freshman Survival Guide.

What is it?
The Freshman Survival Guide is the first college guide to deal with the whole student, treating the intellectual, physical, emotional and spiritual lives of college students as intimately connected aspects of their overall success. Drawing on the experiences and wisdom of hundreds of students, faculty, administrators, counselors and campus ministers on countless topics, FSG offers the advice and strategies that can make all the difference in a successful transition to college life.

For many of the colleges we work with, The Freshman Survival Guide is a toolkit that we customize to the needs of their institutions’ existing orientation, counseling and residence life staffs.

Now in its third printing, with 20,000 copies in print after just a year in publication, The Freshman Survival Guide has been featured in the Washington Post, Metro (New York, Philadelphia, Boston), School Library Journal and the Journal of College Student Psychotherapy.

We invite you to read an exclusive online excerpt of the entire first chapter of The Freshman Survival Guide by clicking here. For information about prices and additional incentives for bulk purchases visit the Buying section of our website, here.

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