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How to Eat Healthy on a College Meal Plan

Some find it challenging to eat healthy on a college meal plan — but it can be done. Follow these tips on making good choices when you dine on campus.

Kim-Ling Sun

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18 Healthy Snacks for College Students

When choosing snacks in between meals, consider your choices, consult this list of healthy snack options, and don't be afraid to try something new.

Kim-Ling Sun

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Students Speak: How I Put Myself First While Living With Bipolar Disorder

Managing your time in grad school isn't easy. One student shares how she learned to prioritize her needs while living with bipolar disorder.

Selines Sanchez

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For Native and Indigenous Students, Mental Health Access and Education Is Key

Native students' mental health conditions may be rooted in historical trauma. Learn about their experiences and need for culturally competent healthcare.

Kwynn Gonzalez-Pons

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How Rejection Impacts Students’ Mental Health (Plus 4 Tips on How to Cope)

Rejection can come from many sources, including friends, partners, and even colleges themselves. How students bounce back can influence later success.

Anne Dennon

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Students Speak: How the Wrong College Major Caused Me to Spiral Into Depression

Many students feel pressure to pursue a particular major. One student shares his story about how the wrong major led him down a path to depression.

Connor James

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Students Speak: How I Navigate College Life With OCD

OCD is an often debilitating condition that affects 1% of Americans. One student shares how she navigates OCD, from intrusive thoughts to compulsions.

Logan Swift

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The Good and the Bad: 4 Students Share How Social Media Has Impacted Their Mental Health

Social media is an integral part of many students' lives. We asked students about the good and the bad of social media — and how to curate a healthy feed.

Danika Miller

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Students Speak: All I Wanted to Do Was Dance — and Then I Developed an Eating Disorder

College is filled with pressures, including the pressure to look a certain way. One student shares her experience with managing an eating disorder.

Ciara Callicott

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Why Are Asian Americans Less Likely to Seek Out Mental Health Services?

Asian American students are less likely to seek out mental health services. Learn more about what mental health resources are available.

Jenika McCrayer

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How to Talk About Mental Health: What to Say to Students Who May Be Struggling

Learn how the right words can empower peers, professors, friends, and family members to support college students living with mental health conditions.

Anne Dennon

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6 Ways College Finances Affect Mental Health

Stressed about student loans? Finances impact students' mental health. Find resources to support your wallet and your well-being.

Lyss Welding

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How Lo-Fi Music Can Help You Study in College

Move over, Mozart! Lo-fi music can improve studying through increased brain activity, reduced stress, and enhanced focus.

James Mielke

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College Students’ 4 Biggest Self-Care Tips

College is a busy time, often making it hard to prioritize taking care of yourself. We asked four students to share their best tips for self-care.

Danika Miller

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Understanding How the Mental Health System Fails Trans and Nonbinary Students

Colleges often fail to meet trans and nonbinary students’ mental health needs. Read more to learn how colleges can better support TNB students.

Kwynn Gonzalez-Pons

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How to Advocate for Mental Health in College: Real Students’ Stories

In a college mental health crisis, students are speaking up. Find out how students are advocating for mental health on their campuses.

Lyss Welding

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What Does Campus Mental Health Services Do?

College is an exciting time for students, but it can also be overwhelming. Mental health services on college campuses can help. Learn how in this guide.

Sharon Wilfong

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Why Depression Hits Different in College

Find out why depression in college students is so prevalent, and learn ways to deal with depression in college.

Lyss Welding

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3 Things Every Student Should Know About Campus Mental Health Services

Many students with mental health concerns are unaware of the resources their college offers. Campus mental health services can provide the support you need.

Anne Dennon

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Why Black Women’s Mental Health Is More Important Than Ever Before

Learn about why mental health is important to Black women, and gather mental health resources.

Ciera Graham, Ph.D.

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CDC: College Students Should Get a COVID Booster Shot

The CDC strengthened its COVID-19 booster shot recommendation on Nov. 29 in response to the omicron variant.

Dean Golembeski

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How to Beat the Winter Blues in College

College students often experience the winter blues once the holidays are over. We've listed a few tips and tricks to beat the winter blues in college.

Veronica Freeman

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Ask a Professor: Should You Drop Out of College?

Millions of undergrads leave college without a degree. But before taking that drastic step, consider the alternatives to dropping out of college.

Genevieve Carlton, Ph.D.

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3 Mental Health Coping Strategies for College Students

College students are in the midst of a mental health crisis. This psychologist's mental health coping strategies can help students flourish.

Gregg Henriques, Ph.D.

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How to Maintain Mental and Physical Health in College

College can be stressful, making it important to practice self-care. Follow these tips to reduce anxiety and improve your mental health.

Staff Writers

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What Is the Clery Act?

The 1990 Clery Act requires universities and colleges to show transparency in their crime reporting and to take measures to ensure campus safety.

Juliann Scholl

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How to Avoid the Freshman 15

It's normal for students to experience weight changes in their first year of college, but concerns arise when these fluctuations are due to unhealthy habits.

Tyler Epps

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How Colleges Can Support Students in Distress

With COVID-19 exacerbating stress levels and challenges for students, colleges need to start thinking about how they can leverage services to support learners.

Staff Writers

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Coronavirus and the Student Mental Health Crisis

Even as campuses promise to reopen soon, college students continue to face increased anxiety from isolation, world events, and a loss of support networks.

Staff Writers

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Ask a Professor: Should You Take a Leave of Absence?

A leave of absence helps students step back from school for medical, mental health, or career reasons. Learn what to consider before taking a leave of absence.

Staff Writers

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Debate Over Campus Mask Mandates Stretches Into Fall Semester

Citing breakthrough cases and COVID-19 variants, some colleges strengthen mask mandates. Meanwhile, some experts warn of the harms of masking young people.

Anne Dennon

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Understanding the Mental Health Challenges of Undocumented Students

Explore mental health challenges for undocumented students and get tips to help manage stress, anxiety, and marginalization.

Jesús Cisneros, Ph.D., Alonso Reyna Rivarola

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9 Signs a College Supports Student Mental Health

Some colleges offer more mental health services than others. Learn about important signs to look for when deciding on a school.

Staff Writers

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How to Deal With Anxiety About Returning to Campus

Feeling anxious about heading back to a college campus? Discover tips to ease campus return anxiety and feel prepared for a successful in-person semester.

Melissa Venable, Ph.D.

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How to Deal With Homesickness in College: 6 Tips to Keep You Grounded

Many students find they miss the comforts of home when they go off to school. Get tips on how to deal with homesickness in college here.

Heather Mullinix

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How to Protect Yourself From COVID-19 at College

Even as COVID-19 vaccination rates soar, college students need to stay vigilant. Keep yourself healthy by following basic practices, like washing your hands.

Colin Weickmann

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How to Stay Safe at a College Party

Learn how to stay safe at a college party, while still having fun. Use these tips to create a safety plan so you can get home in one piece.

Cheryl Oberlin

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Ask a Professor: How to Overcome Test Anxiety

Test anxiety can impede your performance on exams and in classes. Applying these practical tips before and during assessments can increase confidence.

Staff Writers

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Over 9 in 10 College Students Report Mental Health Impacts From COVID-19

In a new BestColleges survey, 95% of college students say COVID-19 has negatively impacted their mental health, which, in turn, has affected their education.

Staff Writers

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College Hazing: What It Is and How to Stop It

Hazing on college campuses — especially alcohol-fueled hazing — has been a problem for years, but new laws aim to crack down on the dangerous tradition.

Staff Writers

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8 Tips for Waking Up Early in College

Check out these tips for waking up early in college so you can get better sleep, maximize your productivity, and feel more energized throughout the day.

Steve Bailey

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What Is College Burnout?

It's normal for college students to feel some level of stress, but burnout can lead to poor academic performance and serious health issues like depression.

Tyler Epps

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How College Students Are Handling Pandemic Learning

One college student shares her and her peers' experiences facing pandemic-related challenges, such as combating depression and staying focused in school.

Sarah Sherren

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Update on the College Student Mental Health Crisis

The college student mental health crisis has reached an inflection point in the era of COVID-19 as students struggle with increased isolation and financial anxiety.

Anne Dennon

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Student Voices: The College Freshman Experience During COVID-19

In addition to shuttering campuses and thrusting online education into the spotlight, COVID-19 has entirely reshaped the college freshman experience.

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How to Cope With Stress From Coronavirus

Many college students are struggling in school due to the coronavirus. These expert tips explain how to improve mental health and pandemic-related stress.

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Students Stressed Out Due to Coronavirus, New Survey Finds

A new BestColleges survey shows that over 8 in 10 students experiencing educational disruptions from COVID-19 are experiencing increased stress.

Staff Writers

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The Benefits of Meditation for College Students

Meditation can help college students remain focused, relaxed, and stress-free. Discover how to start a meditation practice in college.

Jen Tota McGivney

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Essential Tips for Studying at Home

With so many distractions at home, it can be difficult to remain focused on your studies. Discover some essential study habits for remaining productive at home.

Staff Writers

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How to Balance Work and College: A Mental Health Perspective

Balancing work and college is tough. Take the advice of Dr. Jessica Gold about staying mentally healthy while working your way through school.

Staff Writers

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The College Mental Health Crisis: The Need for More Faculty Training

Many college students face mental health struggles. Although campus resources are available, faculty need more training to be able to support their students.

Samantha L. Solomon, Ph.D.