Thousands of students (and parents) are preparing to embark on one the most rewarding adventures of their lives as college approaches. Here are some helpful tips developed by Northwood University leaders to help students excel both inside and outside of the classroom.

  1. Be sure to choose a program of study (or major) that you enjoy
    Be sure to choose a program of study (or major) that you enjoy
    Envision what it is that you love doing the most and that makes you lose track of time… Some of the most successful entrepreneurs and other professionals have found that their reward and achievement lies in the fact that they've chosen a career in which they can apply their inherent talents and abilities.
  2. Connect Early with Your Academic Advisor
    Connect Early with Your Academic Advisor
    With the goal of ensuring your academic journey is a smooth one, your academic advisor is trained to help you avoid unexpected academic, financial aid, and extracurricular snares.
  3. Prioritize academic, athletic and social goals
    Prioritize academic, athletic and social goals
    Taking on too much too soon can derail academic success. Ensure that grades and extracurricular assignments are a priority, and everything else will follow.
  4. Take advantage of international learning opportunities
    Take advantage of international learning opportunities
    The business world operates in a global arena, so take advantage of the Northwood University study abroad experiences that will enhance your knowledge and competitiveness in the global marketplace.
  5. Get to know your fellow students
    Get to know your fellow students
    With Northwood University students hailing from over 25 states and 45 countries, the campus' rich, diverse cultural heritage provides a variety of insightful learning opportunities.
  6. Organization is Key to Academic Success
    Organization is Key to Academic Success
    "Yesterday's lazy makes today crazy!" Prepare for classes and extracurricular assignments well in advance and set-up reminders with helpful hand held devices, organizers and calendars.
  7. Schedule your courses early and wisely
    Schedule your courses early and wisely
    Do not leave the difficult courses until the end or wait until the last minute to register for classes – and make a point to know where your classes are located in advance.
  8. Read the syllabus before the first day of class
    Read the syllabus before the first day of class
    You will know what to expect and you will also learn what expectations your faculty members have.
  9. Stock-up on Healthy Snacks
    Stock-up on Healthy Snacks
    Worried about gaining the "Freshman Fifteen"? Stock-up on healthy snacks to fuel your mind during those midnight study sessions.
  10. Take advantage of university learning resources
    Take advantage of university learning resources
    Familiarize yourself with the many resources available to help you excel academically. College libraries and learning resource centers will become invaluable, as will their many online sources.
  11. Connect Early with the Career Services Office
    Connect Early with the Career Services Office
    Introduce yourself to the Career Services Office, and stay in touch to learn more about the many internship and employment opportunities that prepare both existing students and graduates for rewarding careers.
  12. Stay connected with your home base
    Stay connected with your home base
    While college life offers healthy independence, it's always important to stay grounded. Check in regularly with family members to help ease the transition for all of you.
  13. Become involved in student leadership roles
    Become involved in student leadership roles
    Studies confirm that students achieve much higher rates of retention and graduation and maintain better GPA's when they're engaged in student leadership positions.
  14. Don't follow the crowd
    Don't follow the crowd
    College offers an opportunity to discover your passion and to create your own destiny. When the crowd isn't following the road you'd like, create your own path. You may be amazed at the destination!
  15. Make time for rest, exercise, fresh air and sleep
    Make time for rest, exercise, fresh air and sleep
    As a student, you will be balancing courses, reading and perhaps a job. Make sure you schedule time to sleep, exercise and get plenty of fresh air.
  16. Find your motivation
    Find your motivation
    This is your education. Be accountable. You will get out of it what you put into it.
  17. Set goals for yourself
    Set goals for yourself
    Start with small goals; for example: complete your reading assignments early, work toward obtaining a grade higher than your last grade.
  18. Attend all your classes and be on time
    Attend all your classes and be on time
    This demonstrates your seriousness as a student and as a potential employee.
  19. Find a study buddy
    Find a study buddy
    This will be helpful if you are sick and have to miss a class, if there is a topic in which you have difficulty, or if you just need company with studying.
  20. Connect with your professors
    Connect with your professors
    They will be invaluable as you progress. They will become your mentors and perhaps these connections could lead to an internship or possible job one day.