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How to Achieve Excellence in College

Once you leave high school behind, the new world of college-life awaits you. Enjoy yourself! But don't let yourself get completely distracted by your new freedoms if you want to achieve excellence.


  • Step 1: Strive for good grades and academic prestige. While it's easy to graduate with a C average, those who evaluate your academic performance will be more impressed with strong academic achievements.
  • Step 2: Seek out the best teachers. Ask other students or current instructors for their recommendations, or check an online instructor ranking site. With a game plan and a little hard work, you can graduate with honors.
  • FACT: Accredited colleges in the United States meet standards established by private agencies. The U.S. government is not involved in the accreditation process.
  • TIP: Spend your first 2 years exploring your interests and developing your talents. Then use what you learn to map out an academic and career path for your remaining time in school.
  • Step 3: Attend all your classes. When you go to class every day, you don't miss out on any information or ideas. If illness gets in the way, make sure you find your professor or teaching assistant's office hours to check in on what you've missed.
  • TIP: Don't be afraid to adjust your goals if working toward achieving them is making you unhappy.
  • Step 4: Choose courses that tackle subjects you really care about. A lack of passion can prove a hindrance to success.
  • Step 5: Set some well-defined, achievable goals, and work toward them. This will keep you from wanting to "just get by" in college.

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