College Survival Guide

College is a great time for most people, because it’s a chance to really explore who we are. We’re also generally under less pressure to do things that we don’t want to do. But inevitably, pressures do arise from other unexpected areas — girlfriends, boyfriends, roommates, frat brothers or sorority sisters, heavy course loads, athletics, exam and paper stress, Internet overuse, gaming too much, parents’ expectations, etc.

The key to a good time at college is to be prepared psychologically for what you are about to face. In that vein, we’ve compiled some of our most popular and useful articles on college life for this psychological College Survival Guide.

Your mental health is important — just as important as your physical health. If you don’t take care of yourself while in college, you may find yourself not enjoying the experience, nor learning as much as you thought you would. And not just about your major — learning about yourself is just as important during these early adult years.

If you’re looking to determine whether you might be suffering from a mental health concern today, we suggest checking out our mental health tests that screen for common concerns, such as ADHD, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and more. We also have a set of great personality tests if you want to learn more about your personality and psychological preferences.

College Students

Before You Go

College Life

Creating Good Study Habits

Dealing with Stress

Relationships and Sexuality

Post College


John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

Dr. John Grohol is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Psych Central. He is a psychologist, author, researcher, and expert in mental health online, and has been writing about online behavior, mental health and psychology issues since 1995. Dr. Grohol has a Master's degree and doctorate in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Grohol sits on the editorial board of the journal Computers in Human Behavior and is a founding board member of the Society for Participatory Medicine. You can learn more about Dr. John Grohol here.

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Grohol, J. (2019). College Survival Guide. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 28, 2020, from
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Last updated: 17 May 2019 (Originally: 17 May 2019)
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