High School/Pre-College Orientation Text


What can high school/pre college students and programs do to better prepare for

Studies indicate the earlier students prepare for the start of college, the more successful they will be in adjusting and completing their studies. An early start helps students learn what information is important, why, when, and whom to consult with for further information. Topics are numerous and each students' needs vary.

Therefore, reading 100 Things Every College Freshman Ought to Know will help students focus on what is important to them across a range of categories that they can begin to effectively handle long before the first day of college classes.

  • Size: 7" x 4 1/4"
  • paperback
  • perfect bound
  • 242 Pages
  • ISBN# 0935-637-33-8

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100 Things Every College Freshman Ought to Know
by William Disbro

100 Things is an abridged college orientation guidebook written from a student's perspective about how knowing what to expect in college can sometimes reduce the overwhelming, frustrating, and often anxious feelings associated with the start of college. Professor Disbro uses shortened, bullet statements to one paragraph descriptions about college customs, procedures, and definitions that provide an easy to read and enjoyable overview about the WHAT, WHY, HOW, WHEN, and WHAT-IF's freshmen need to know.


What is included in 100 Things Every College Freshman Ought to Know?


Behaviors to be encouraged and avoided


Readings to develop background and understanding for successful students


Personal Suggestions to help make the transition to college life


Definitions and Customs in college life


Knowledge of Self--Items to help define the individual


Students Rights and Responsibilities--Understanding and respecting your rights and the rights of others


Abilities necessary for college success


Time Line--Understanding where you're going, what you'll need to get there, and when


HOW TO USE: 100 Things Every College Freshman Ought to Know

High school/pre college program students enjoy reading 100 Things in many venues. However, a Seminar designed around a collaborative learning exercise provides valuable interaction. A FREE Problem Solving Situations exercise is available that provides thirty typical problems faced by entering college students. Teachers are encouraged to divide their classes into groups of 3-4 students and allow students to problem solve the solutions to the problems using the index of the book as reference. Group recorders can provide solutions during an end of seminar discussion. Email Cambridge Stratford for more information.


Fund raising groups can earn extra revenue through sales of 100 Things to parents of college bound 11-12th graders as Xmas and graduation gifts. Orchestra/Band Leaders, clubs, and others find announcements via direct mail produce hundreds of pre-paid orders from parents interested insuring their child's successful preparation and adjustment to college. College and Financial Aid Planning Nights and other large public gatherings also prove valuable opportunities for table top sales to students and parents. Discounts and consignment copies are available and detailed in a free Fund Raising Kit that is available on request. Equipment, trips, and other needs can be funded with little more than an announcement to those challenged by the upcoming adjustment to this next difficult step called college.


Cambridge Stratford's trained staff of On-Site Seminar leaders can provide 1-2 day Pre-Orientation to College Seminars at host institutions in every local area. Each Seminar provides one copy of text per participant, full instruction, and handout materials. Services can be contracted by each institution, cooperatively by several institutions, or hosted on a registration fee per participant basis. Email Cambridge Stratford for more information.

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