College Freshmen Checklist

JUNE 11, 2018

So, you’ve enrolled in college. Congratulations! We are excited for you, and we want you to experience the best freshman year ever. That is why we have prepared for you, a college freshman checklist to ease the nervousness and anxiety in your first day of higher education.

The list includes everything you need for your first semester – whether you are taking classes online or on a campus. Let’s get started!

The Schools Essentials

There are a lot of little items you will end up needing to buy depending on which classes you take. While some professors still use pen and paper, most classes rely heavily on the use of a laptop, which tops our list of essential supplies for your college freshman checklist.

  • Laptop or desktop computer: Invest in a quality laptop or desktop, especially if you are taking online courses.
  • Printer *optional*: You might be able to get away with using your college’s library printer. However, some students prefer their own printer readily available for them. If you get a printer, you will also need printer ink and printer paper.
  • USB drive or memory card: These are a must if you end up working from multiple computers.
  • Headphones: To keep the noise out when you are trying to study.
  • Coffeemaker: If you do not drink coffee yet, you might want to start around finals time.
  • Calculator: Most degrees require at least some math classes. Invest in a good calculator if your degree requires a lot of math classes.
  • Calendar: Whether paper or electronic, figure out a calendar system that will make sure you do not miss any important tests or due dates.
  • Other office supplies: Pencils, pens, scissors, paper clips, rubber bands, index cards, lined paper, and a stapler are all good office essentials to keep on hand.

Housing Supplies

If you are moving into a dorm, you will need to bring your own housing supplies. Check with your roommate because you might be able to share some items, like lamps or TVs.

  • Bed sheets: Check with housing for sizing information
  • Bed comforter
  • Pillow(s)
  • Extra blankets
  • Laundry baskets (one for dirty, one for clean)
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dish detergent
  • Dishwasher soap
  • Clothes hangers
  • Towels: 3 of each – hand, face, and body
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Lamps: A desk lamp and a floor lamp
  • Storage bins: Under the bed storage bins will save valuable space
  • Mini trash can
  • TV
  • Radio
  • Dishes
  • Utensils

Of course, after you speak with your roommate, many of these items may be removed from your college freshman checklist; however, it is still important to consider each of these items when preparing for school.

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Logistical needs

Figuring out how you will get to and around campus is an important item you need to take care of prior to your first day of classes. Make sure you make this item a priority on your college freshman checklist.

  • Transportation to campus: If you do not have a car, learn what public transportation system you will use to get to campus. If you are moving on campus, you might have to walk, ride your bike, or use the campus bus system to get from your dorm to your classes.
  • Transportation on campus: Figure out how people get around campus. Do they walk? Ride bikes? Use a bus system? Take a practice run before your first day of classes so you are comfortable with commuting around campus.
  • Parking permit: If you will be driving to campus, you will most likely need a parking permit. Try to get this before the first day of classes.
  • Get your meal plan: Most campuses have a meal plan for freshman who live on campus. Make sure yours is set up and ready before you move on campus.
  • Health insurance card: Make sure you have a copy of your health insurance card on hand. You will need it if you ever must go to a doctor or if there is an emergency.

Financial Needs

This is the most important item to address on your college freshman checklist. College does not come cheap, so you want to make sure you are financially ready for school.

  • Financial aid: Apply for financial aid early to make sure the funds are ready before classes start. Talk to your financial aid office if you have questions.
  • Campus jobs: Most campuses offer jobs specifically designed for students to work at between classes. These can be great ways to earn some extra cash for weekend spending.
  • Apply for scholarships: There are scholarships available for every stage of college and for many different backgrounds. Start by talking to your school’s financial aid office. You can also search online. Apply early and apply often to help ease the financial burden of attending college.

We hope this college freshman checklist helps you prepare all the essentials for your first semester. Start planning and packing early to make sure you do not forget anything or leave anything behind. Good luck!

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