Health articles for students

10 Health Issues to Discuss With Your College Student

Whether you’re sending your child off to college for the first time, or you’re a seasoned scholar, there are a few health issues you should know about before you say good-bye.


Does your college student know who to call if he needs to see a health care provider? Before you send him off to school, make sure his phone has these names and numbers:

  • primary care provider/school clinic
  • dentist
  • ophthalmologist
  • pharmacy
  • hospital/ER


Make sure your student is covered by health insurance and that she has a card with her at school. Double check your list of health care providers to make sure they still accept your insurance.


Even college-age adults need to be up to date on vaccinations; you might even want to check with your family doctor to see if any additional vaccines are needed, such as for meningitis. Also, go over with your student how common illnesses are spread and what to watch out for. A quick lesson on when to call a physician might make a world of difference, too.


Is your student’s emergency contact information up to date with the resident advisor or school? If your student has severe allergies, you should tell the RA and even show them how to use an Epipen, just in case.


College is a time of huge changes, which can trigger episodes of anxiety or depression. Stress is also a major issue with many college students.

“There are resources and safety nets available at all universities,” said Daniel Schnaar, M.D., a Beaumont pediatrician. “Many colleges have programs and hand out print material during orientation and in the first week of school outlining where students can reach out for mental health issues and physical health needs.”


You’ve heard of the “freshman 15.” While eating ice cream for dinner every day might seem fun (and, hey, mom and dad aren’t around, so why not?) but it can have a health impact.

“I often ask students to seek out the work out facilities convenient for them on campus,” noted Dr. Schnaar. “Getting used to working out several times a week, eases stress, provides a venue to meet people , and it likely will ward off those ‘freshman 15 ‘ pounds.”


Yes, you should go over safe sex, drugs (including vaping), STDs and birth control with your child. The Centers for Disease Control and prevention reports that half of the 20 million new sexually transmitted disease cases each year occur in people ages 15 to 24. While many of the more common STDs are treatable, but some can have life-long effects.


Sadly, 37 percent of female rape victims were first raped between the ages of 18 and 24. Talk to your daughters and sons about their rights and where to go if they, or a friend, needs help.


Reinforce that sleep is a requirement, not an option. Only 11 percent of college students in a sample of 191 undergrads had good quality sleep, a 2001 study in the Journal of American College Health found.


Asking your college student to abstain from alcohol entirely isn’t realistic. “What I want is for students to go to college with their eyes open about how dangerous over indulgence in alcohol can be, and to learn by watching what happens on campus to other students, and not let it happen to them,” said Dr. Schnaar.

Welcome to our special section, Thrive on Campus, devoted to covering the urgent issue of mental health among college and university students from all angles. If you are a college student, we invite you to apply to be an Editor-at-Large, or to simply contribute (please tag your pieces ThriveOnCampus). We welcome faculty, clinicians, and graduates to contribute as well. Read more here.

Save yourself — and the planet — by going to college! The college years are the optimal period for adults to learn and adopt healthy practices that can be a source of positive growth and personal development for a lifetime. From eating healthy to thinking healthy to living healthy, it turns out that college is the perfect time and place to learn about ways to live in better balance with yourself, your family, your culture, your romantic partner, your neighbor, your community, your workplace, and in positive coexistence with our planet. The current well-being trends on college campuses show that well-being of college students is not just a passing fad.

Many colleges and universities are adopting well-being practices, programs, and facilities that places student well-being on par with other mission-critical goals such as global citizenship, civic engagement, and the production of new knowledge. No longer is student well-being considered ancillary to the work of the institution of higher learning. Those working in student services and academic support in college leadership are taking responsibility for the health and well-being of the whole student, which underscores the importance of college life and ways it can shape choices for a lifetime. Working across academic and student services programs, these student well-being programs are changing how colleges and students view well-being.

In fact, the global mission of health and well-being on college campuses transcends student well-being and filters upstream to the staff, faculty and the community. Healthy Campus Network (HCN) is a University of California system-wide initiative that promotes innovative reforms in all dimensions of health and well-being “to make UC the healthiest place to work, learn, and live” (Office of the President, 2018).

In the past, student health programs have focused on preventing high-risk behavior i.e. suicide, alcohol, drug use, smoking, sexual violence, hazing, eating disorders, and self-harm. In fact, there are new CAS national standards for preventing high-risk behaviors that are being developed currently. The prevention of high-risk behaviors make up the majority of programs and funding dedicated to health and it is rightly so, yet new focus on student well-being provides hope for the promotion of healthy behaviors as well.

Taking advantage of current evidence-based research on psychology, neuroscience, human performance, and sustainability, these preventative student well-being measures are as helpful to the students as they are to the institutions themselves. Healthy students means student success. Healthy campuses mean financial and environmental success.

Timing is everything and these days colleges face an unusually vulnerable student population. With the pressure of the post-9/11 era, cases of depression and anxiety are off the charts for the general population. As well, changes in technology use with the advent of smart phones and the proliferation of social media as well as the rising cost of higher education and an increase in high school shootings in the last 10 years, the #MeToo Movement and Black Lives Matter Movement, current college students are navigating a perfect storm of stress in an environment that is rife with pressure unlike any other generation in recent history.

The annual National College Health Assessment (NCHA) survey showed that a third of students have experienced emotional turmoil that affected their college participation. College students identified the top impediments to academic performance as anxiety and depression.

Fortunately, colleges and university are stepping up to the challenge of addressing student well-being with gusto! Many of the nation’s top colleges are instituting wellness programs along with academic research and studies into personal well-being.

In fact, student well-being support is now seen as a recruiting tool in luring students during the college search process. Not only do health programs address traditional concerns such as weight-loss, nutrition, and physical fitness, but they also address areas such as mental resilience, sustainability and social ecology, and financial well-being as all playing a role in stress reduction. From Harvard University to the College of William and Mary to the University of Oregon to University of Virginia, substantial research, funding, and facilities have been devoted to student well-being. A healthier college campus means a healthier student and a healthier planet.

Recent student health and well-being trends include the following:

Social and Personal Support Programs

Colleges are offering programs and peer support groups to support positive mental health and stress reduction i.e. resilience, kindness, healthy eating circles, personal identity support programs for LGBTQ, single parents, military veterans, low income students, and first generation support programs such as Umoja, Friend-to-Friend, and well-being protection programs such as Active Bystander Programs, and Peer Education on Early Alerts, and Finals Stress Reduction Programs.

Institutional Support Programs

Colleges are participating in and offering Health and Safety Hotlines, Early Alerts, Beyond Consent, Habitudes, Health Education Awareness Resource Teams, Healthy Campuses, 8 Dimensions of Wellness, Healthy Minds Study, MyPlate, College Farmer’s Markets, Greenest College Rankings, and Restorative Justice.

Academic Programs in Health and Well-being

Colleges are offering college credit for health and well-being practices such as volunteering, interning, and working in ways that benefit your health, community, and the planet. In addition, colleges are offering classes in Social Ecology, Positive Psychology, Stress Reduction, Mindfulness, Relaxation, and Self-care. Complete majors and degrees are offered at the Positive Psychology Center and my own major, Holistic Health Education, and Environmental Sustainability.

Join the party for student well-being on the college campus! While college is certainly a time of stress, pressure, and challenge, more and more colleges are stepping up to remove the stigma and shame that comes along with asking for assistance with stress, anxiety, and depression. As well the idea of well-being is growing to include not just physical health, but mind, body, spirit and community. By making programs visible, welcoming, and accessible to all students, more students will develop and learn healthy habits that will continue to benefit them and our collective community. Student health is not just about avoiding the Freshman 15, now it is about developing healthy habits for a lifetime! So, ask for help, seek out support, and find out all the ways that you can be a healthy and happy college student and maybe save the world along the way!

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More on Mental Health on Campus:

What Campus Mental Health Centers Are Doing to Keep Up With Student Need

If You’re a Student Who’s Struggling With Mental Health, These 7 Tips Will Help

The Hidden Stress of RAs in the Student Mental Health Crisis

Is your student health and wellness program all set for the upcoming new semester? Colleges and Universities have a lot of ground to cover when it comes to student health, wellness and safety issues – but Health Promotions Now is here to help! Our Student Health and Wellness Ideas specialty store is loaded with informational guides that can help educate students and provide them with the tools they need to make smart decisions, exercise self-care and develop healthy habits, both on and off campus. Here are just a few of our top informational handouts for students.

Stress Management Pocket Sliders™

One of the most common health and wellness obstacles a college student might face is stress. The pressure of keeping up with academics in a strange new environment while attempting to make new friends and maintain a social life can be pretty overwhelming. Our Stress Management Pocket Slider offers some useful tips on managing stress and avoiding situations that can be nerve-wracking. Your logo and healthy message accompany this useful handout on the bottom.

Facts on STDs Pocket Point

As college students develop intimate relationships in their young adulthood, it’s important that they remember to do so as safely as possible. Your student wellness facility is probably already equipped with helpful informational guides on this topic, but thanks to Health Promotions Now you can have them branded with your college logo to help remind students that you have their safety and best interests at heart.

Binge Drinking Pocket Sliders™

It’s no secret that some college parties involve lots of alcohol and young adults can have a hard time knowing their limits. Binge drinking is very destructive, especially in an academic environment. Our Binge Drinking Pocket Slider offer tips on how to avoid overdoing it, how it can dangerously affect your health and how you can seek treatment of you think you might have a problem. Add your health center contact information to the bottom so you are always within reach.

Sleeping and Your Health Pocket Sliders™

One easily overlooked issue that teens often face when they go away to college is sleep deprivation. It can be difficult to adjust to a new living space in close quarters with other students and that can lead to a lack of sleep. Our Sleeping and Your Health Pocket Slider is a helpful guide to improving sleeping habits so school work never has to suffer because of sleeplessness.

Safe Dating and Date Rape Pocket Sliders™

An extremely important part of any student health and wellness program is the topic of safe dating. Maintaining healthy relationships, knowing when to end a potentially abusive relationship and avoiding dangerous situations are all covered in our Safe Dating Pocket Slider. Add your college emergency number to the bottom so students always know where and how to seek assistance.

This is just a small selection of the informational guides we have to offer. Browse the rest of our line to see more guides as well as a huge collection of custom giveaway ideas that will help you get a head start on your efforts towards maintaining a healthy environment for all of your students.

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Top 15 most popular student articles of 2017

There have been many changes in higher education in 2017. The introduction of the teaching excellence framework in the UK sent shock waves through the academy as a number of prestigious universities, including the London School of Economics and Political Science and the University of Southampton were rated bronze, with the results no doubt influencing the choices that international students will make when considering which UK university to attend.

Furthermore, students were found to be real influencers in the outcome of the UK’s general election as high numbers of young people voted after Labour’s pledge to scrap tuition fees. Hence, Oxford Dictionaries choice of “youthquake” as 2017’s word of the year.

Internationally, there were just as many changes affecting students. There was the Trump administration’s travel ban, New Zealand abolished tuition fees, while Canada became a popular choice for international students.

Meanwhile, Times Higher Education had a bumper year of rankings releases, producing more rankings than ever.

For articles to be eligible for this list, they had to be published in 2017. So without further ado, let’s explore the most popular articles of the year.

15. Why do students go to university and how do they choose which one?

Education consultancy company Hobsons polled 6,000 students to find out why they went to university and how they made their choice. Some of the most popular concerns were whether a university offered high-quality teaching, its scholarship provision and how the institution performed in rankings.

14. What is the TEF? Results of the teaching excellence framework

2017 saw the first teaching excellence framework (TEF), which was introduced by the UK government as a way to assess the quality of teaching in universities in England and some universities from Scotland and Wales. In terms of how students can use the TEF, it can act as another tool to help them decide where to go to university.

13. Top 10 university hacks from some of the UK’s most successful students and graduates

Some of the most successful students and graduates including YouTubers, online business owners and Olympians share their top hacks for getting through university with tips on time management, avoiding procrastination and cooking a tasty meal.

12. The International Baccalaureate versus A levels

Admissions officers compared how the International Baccalaureate prepared students for university and the future, compared with A levels. There was a stark difference between the two, with the IB scoring higher for global outlook, while A levels excelled for “in-depth subject expertise”.

11. Where could students impact the 2017 general election?

Put together by THE data analysts, it’s no surprise that our feature and interactive map of students’ power to sway the vote in the UK’s general election in June made its way into the top 15.

10. What can you do with a geography degree?

While we have guides for many different subjects including engineering, sociology and performing arts, our geography guide was the clear winner in 2017. It helpfully outlines course entry requirements, what a geography degree entails and the career paths open to you after graduation.

9. Top 50 student accommodation halls in the UK

Where you stay at university is pretty important. This research into the best student accommodation halls in the UK involved using reviews on StudentCrowd and was widely shared across social media, too.

8. Top 10 most beautiful universities in the US

It turns out that many of you love a good picture-heavy post and this article listing the most beautiful universities in the US fit the bill perfectly. On a side note, this was also a pretty popular article on our Instagram page.

7. International student table 2017: top 200 universities

This table of the top 200 universities with the highest percentage of international students proved a big hit in April. The table throws up some interesting results such as the fact that three of the universities in the top five are under 30 years old, or that 16 of the universities in the top 200 are in London.

6. Best universities for graduate jobs: Global University Employability Ranking 2017

Despite being online for only a couple of months, this ranking of the best universities for employability still made its way into the top 10 along with many of the specific articles for each country, such as the best universities for employability in the UK, US and Australia.

5. Best universities for medicine

Every year THE also produces a series of subject rankings to help students decide which international universities are the best for their chosen degree. The highest number of students consulted our medicine ranking but honourable mentions should also go to the computer science, life sciences and business rankings.

4. THE Student Experience Survey 2017 results

This year’s THE Student Experience Survey saw Harper Adams University take the top spot in only its second year of eligibility. This was also the first year that we published tables for the seven areas that students rated, and many of these tables were also very widely read. Some of the most popular tables covered accommodation, social life and student welfare.

3. The world’s best small universities 2017

For many of you it seems, the smaller the better when it comes to universities. This cut of the THE World University Rankings data highlights institutions with fewer than 5,000 students that are delivering the highest standards in teaching and learning. We asked students from some of these universities to submit blogs explaining just why they loved studying at a small institution.

2. The best university cities of 2017

What are the top student cities in the world? This was something that you clearly wanted to know the answer to. While many of the usual suspects such as London, Paris and New York were present, there were also some surprise entries including Seoul, Copenhagen and Moscow.

1. Best universities in…

Once again, our most popular articles on THE Student are our suite of “best universities in…” stories. Taken from our THE World University Rankings data, these pages offer an insight into the best universities in a particular country with a small profile on the top five universities. The articles that you were the most interested in:

    1. Best universities in the UK
    2. Best universities in Europe
    3. Best universities in Canada
    4. Best universities in the United States
    5. Best universities in Germany
    6. Best universities in Australia
    7. Best universities in France

Read more: studying overseas: guide to Australia, Canada, the UK and the USA

50 Must-Read Articles for College Students from 2015

If the Internet taught us just one thing about college in 2015, it’s that you can heat leftover pizza with an iron and hair dryer. Seriously though – best college hack ever? But 2015 wasn’t all about pizza, no matter how much I wish it was…

This past year showed us how Toddlers and Tiaras describes college life, how to use dildos to protest guns, the best paying college majors, and so much more.

Miss something? Not to worry. We have your cheat sheet to the 50 Must-Read Articles for College Students from 2015.

1) 24 Pictures That Perfectly Sum Up Going To College

From the falling asleep in class to putting a lock on leftovers to keep roommates from raiding your shelf in the fridge – this hilarious collection of photos breaks down just what it means to be a college student.

2) College Students are Wearing Dildos to Class to Protest Guns

In 2015, the State of Texas passed a new law allowing people to carry concealed handguns on campus. Students at the University of Texas weren’t pleased. They protested by carrying dildos to campus…not so concealed #CocksNotGlock​s

3) Every Stressed College Student: Stop and Read This Now

TLDR: Take the time to be grateful and stop stressing!

4) The Real Reason College Tuition Costs So Much

In the good ol’ days a student could pay for college tuition with the money they earned at a summer job. But, since 1980 college tuition has risen in cost faster than the price of home or the consumer price index. Find out why the millennial generation is facing crushing educational debt and an increasing cost to get an education.

5) 30 Best Paying College Majors

Want to land a killer, high-paying job after college? Go into the sciences. STEM jobs (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) dominate the 30 highest paying jobs of 2015. Not so worried about the money, maybe the 30 Worst Paying College Majors are more your speed…

6) Shooting in Oregon: So far in 2015, we’ve had 274 days and 294 mass shootings

As of October 1, there had been more mass shootings than in America than days of the year – on and off America’s campuses. There’s been a shooting nearly every week and we’ve gone no more than eight days without one of these incidents this year (as of article publication). Oregon. Charleston. Lafayette. Virginia. Now San Bernardino. Let’s make it stop.

7) 16 Hilarious Hacks Invented By College Freshmen To Save Money And Time

Stool turned trash can? Shopping cart barbecue? Tennis racket strainer? You have to see what these students came up with.

8) 12 Ways Toddlers and Tiaras Perfectly Describes College Life

“When people ask you what you want to do with your life after college.”

Well said…

9) 15 College Professors Who Have More Halloween Spirit Than You

Personally, I always felt like Halloween should be a day off. At least these 15 college professors make going to class a little more fun by wearing costumes showing their lighter side.

10) 35 Slogans For College Majors If They Were Actually Honest

“Chemistry: Where alcohol IS a solution.

Speech Pathology: We have ways of making you talk.

Linguistics: Studied 17 languages, am fluent in none of them.

English: So you want to be a teacher.”

11) 11 Things That Are Normal To Do In College That Aren’t In High School

Yea, I am broke, sleep in public, and choose to sit in the front of class. What of it? I’m in college.

12) That’s Not Funny! Today’s college students can’t seem to take a joke.

College gigs pay comedians well, but they’re cutting the best bits out of their act. Why? Apparently, college kids can’t take a joke. Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld explain that colleges have become “too conservative” for great comedy.

13) 9 Science-Backed Studying Tips

Want to get better grades? Do you wish you got more out of studying? Not to worry. Science is here to help. Study smarter, not harder.

14) A Guide to Obama’s Free Community College Plan

Obama announced his new $60 billion community college initiative to provide two years of community college for free in January. This article breaks down everything you need to know – including student, state, and college requirements.

15) 9 Different Roles Your College Roommate Plays in Your Life

Love ’em or hate ’em – college roommates play a huge role in your life. They’re your therapist, best friend, partner in crime, stylist, critic, and so much more.

16) Cheapskate College Students’ Life Hacks Are Borderline Genius

I confess – we have a soft spot for college hacks and there are some brilliant ones in this collection. Did someone say stadium seating?

17) 6 Simple Ways To Stop Procrastinating in College

When due dates are approaching things like cleaning your house, doing your laundry, grocery shopping, and hitting up the gym sound more appealing than ever.

Stop procrastinating! This brilliant article shares 6 sure-fire strategies to get shit done.

18) The Billionaire Founder Of GoPro Just Paid His Old College Roommate $229 Million Based On A Promise 10 Years Ago

If your college buddy promises you a portion of his “next big business” for helping out – or any other reason – get it in writing. Back in college the CEO of GoPro, Nick Woodman promised his roommate, Neil Dana, 10% of his fledgling company. That paid off big-time. Like $229 million big.

19) College Is Not the Best Four Years of Your Life

Listen here youngin’ – some people have been spreading a dangerous lie. They’ve been saying “College is the best four years .” Well, it’s not. Merrill Markoe makes the case.

20) 10 Hacks to Eat Like a Pro in Your College Dorm

Ahhhh…more hacks. And, they’re food hacks. You’d better believe our favorite pizza iron/blow dryer combo made the cut. C’est magnifique!

Now introducing the spaghetti sandwich:

21) I Owe It All to Community College: Tom Hanks on His Two Years at Chabot College

How can you help but love Tom Hanks? This is the same guy that photobombed a passed out kid in a bar. Read why he calls community college the “place made me what I am today.”

22) 20 Websites College Students Need to Know

This article has it all…well, almost everything. The author forgot about lil’ ol’ StudySoup, but we’re not bitter. It’s cool, Julia 😉

Need a discount? Want to know how hard a professor grades? Need to get your finances in order? There’s a site for that.

23) 18 Texts Your Mom Definitely Sent You During College

Ummm…what did you say, Mom?

24) College Student Adopts His Homeless, Pregnant Cousin to Give Her a Better Life

Warning: Unless your the Tin Man from Wizard of Oz, this story will tug at your heartstrings.

A 23-year-old Australian took in his homeless, pregnant cousin “to make sure she’d keep the baby, stay off the streets and have a better life.” A brief can’t do it justice – just check out the story to hear about a touching selfless act.

25) 20-Year-Old College Student Speaks Out After Her Photo Becomes a Cruel Meme

You think gossip is bad among your friends? Imagine what it would be like to become a Meme. That’s what happened to 20-year-old Ashley VanPevenag. 14,000+ retweets later, she’s shares her side of the story.

26) Did You Know Nelly Has Sent Two Kids To College Every Year for the Past 10 Years?

When Nelly’s not “in St. Louis rollin on dubs, Smokin on dubs in clubs, Blowin’ up like cocoa puffs,” he’s putting kids through college. Take that Ashanti.

27) 100 Ways to Save Money in College

When you’re in college, every dollar counts. From eating ramen to collecting hotel samples, this list has every trick in the book.

28) Is LSD the Next Study Drug for College Students?

Did you know that Silicon Valley tech workers are taking small amounts of LSD to be more productive and happy at work? That begs the question – could LSD be the next study drug for students? Read this first-hand account as one student takes a microdose of LSD for finals in attempt to find out.

29) 20 Things Nobody Tells You When You Graduate College

Despite the inherit paradox presented by this title, the author makes some great points.

TLDR: “Take a crazy job, don’t stress about money — and Drake was right”

30) MARK CUBAN: ‘The Student Loan Bubble Is Going To Burst’

Billionaire Mark Cuban has never been shy about sharing his opinions. In this clip from he explains why he thinks guaranteed Sally Mae’s loans and a $1 trillion dollar debt are setting us up for rough times ahead.

31) Bullying Doesn’t End When College Starts

Upwards of 160,000 students skip class every day to avoid bullying. 18.5% of college undergraduates have been bullied. That’s over 3 million students nationwide – enough to populate the state of Iowa.

32) NFL QB Cam Newton Gets His College Degree: I Promised My Mom I Would Finish

Has any NFL player earned MVP honors and a college degree the same year? Cam Newton is half way there. Just your average student – reading books and reading coverage.

33) The 50 Best Colleges For Greek Life

Best College Reviews “compiled a list of the best colleges and universities for Greek life – schools where participation is high, criminal offenses are low, and current Greeks are satisfied with their experience.” I guarantee you can’t guess which school tops the list.

34) Kids of Helicopter Parents Are Sputtering Out

“Recent studies suggests that kids with overinvolved parents and rigidly structured childhoods suffer psychological blowback in college.” Here that, Mom? Get off my back.

35) They told my parents I wouldn’t talk; Now I’m graduating from college

When Joshua Dushack was 8-years-old he was diagnosed with autism. His parents were told that he’d never learn how to read, write, go to school without assistance, or even talk. Today, he’s a 22-year-old college student at Seton Hall. He shares his story, in his words, in his writing.

36) 3 Expert Tips to Protect Your Info From a Snooping Roommate

You think it’s bad when your roommate borrows clothes without asking? Imagine what it would be like if they took your online identity. Facebook, banking, classes – your life is digital. Learn how to protect yourself from the pros.

My roommate hacked my Facebook today… We’re not in junior high anymore, honey.

— Al (@almarios_) December 3, 2015

37) Suicide on Campus and the Pressure of Perfection

College students face high expectations and fierce competition. That can take a toll on your confidence and self-esteem. As Kathryn DeWitt found that living up to expectations — her own and others’ — was just too much. Dying seemed the only option.

38) Arkansas College Banned Saggy Pants, Now People Are Deeming This Racist. Do You Support This Ban?

Do your pants ride low, do they wobble to-and-fro? Not if you attend Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. The school has begun to take punitive action against students wearing saggy pants.

39) 21 Things You’ll Miss About Living With Your College Friends

Living at college is something special. All your BFFs live close-by and are ready to come to your aide you at the drop of a hat. College friends have advice on everything from which outfit to wear to analyzing texts from a crush.

40) The New Intolerance of Student Activism

“A fight over Halloween costumes at Yale has devolved into an effort to censor dissenting views.”

41) Top 25 Colleges Where Women Earn More than Men

But, did you know, that women earn less than 80% compared to their male counterparts? We analyzed U.S. Department of Education data for 1,695 schools to find the top 25 colleges where women earn more than men.

42) Only Have $1,000? 5 Ways to Double Your Money, Fast

51.8% of people under 34-years of age have less than $1,000 in savings. Learn how millennials can double their savings – quickly.

43) This College Student Builds His Own Tiny House So He Can Graduate Debt-Free

25-year-old University of Austin design major Joel Weber has a simple goal: graduate debt free. That’s one reason he has forgone traditional housing. He calculated he could save $19,200 in rent by building his very own 145-square-foot tiny house.

44) Meet the 10-year-old maths genius who’s just enrolled at college

You know how there’s always that one kid that’s just waaaay smarter than everyone else? Esther Okade is that student. This 10-year-old math prodigy just took a break from dressing up as Elsa to enroll as a freshman at the United Kingdom’s West Midlands.

45) The 50 Best College Towns to Live in Forever

It can be hard to leave the city where you go to school – especially if you end up in one of these 50 fabulous town. St. Augustine, Florida FTW!

46) 5 Reasons You Should NOT Go to Grad School (and What to Do Instead)

Grad school sounds like the perfect solution when you’re stuck in a rut. No job? Need to hit the reset button on life? Just love learning? Grad school is the answer, right? Not for everyone…

47) Why police could seize a college student’s life savings without charging him for a crime

Think losing $20 bucks at the bar is rough? Charles Clark went to Kentucky International Airport to head home to Orlando with his life savings – $11,000 in cash. Law enforcement officials confiscated the money leaving him devastated and broke without ever proving he committed a crime.

48) Why Going to College at 25 Was the Best Decision I Ever Made

While many of her peers were getting ready to start their undergraduate experience, Amy Oestreicher had her life put on pause. At 18-years-old she found herself awaking from coma. 7-years later she found herself enrolling in college and overcoming doubts. Now, at 28, she’s completing her second year at Hampshire College.

49) Chicago Charter School Sends 100% Of Students to College 5 Years in a Row

“For five consecutive years, all of the graduates of Chicago’s Urban Prep Academy have been accepted at four-year colleges and universities.” Very impressive.

50) Why I Defaulted on My Student Loans

Lee Siegel raised a lot of eyebrows when he shared why he decided to default on his student loans. Be sure to read his explanation and treat it as an anecdote not a playbook!

Current event and general interest articles are a wonderful resource for students. They can be used for researching a topic, staying informed on what’s happening in the news, pleasure reading, and more.
In the past I have shared some creative ways to use online articles as part of technology activities for student creativity and reading comprehension. For example:

  • Improve Reading Comprehension with Google Docs “Black Out” –
  • Black Out Poetry with Google Docs –

Additionally Google recently added a new lesson to their Applied Digital Skills curriculum called “Annotate Text in Google Docs”. This activity covers how to take an article, copy and paste it into Google Docs, and then make digital notes to understand the article using comments, highlighting, tables, and more.
One big question, however, is where to find good articles. Over the years I have come across many excellent resources for articles that are written specifically for students. See below for my current list of these sites.

Student Article Websites

Below is a list of useful websites that provide current event and general interest articles for students. Many of these sites provide additional resources such as:

  • Articles written at multiple reading levels (Lexile levels)
  • Quizzes over the article content
  • Discussion questions or writing prompts
  • Options for students to leave comments on the articles
  • Audio versions of the articles

All of these sites are free, although some may require you to register to log in, or to provide your students with a code to access the articles. Some of the sites also have paid versions with additional features, but all provide at least access to the articles at no cost.
This list is certainly not complete, so please feel free to share your suggestions in the comments below for additional sources for articles that should be added.
Note: The list is arranged alphabetically, not by order of preference.

#1 – CommonLit
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This site has a free collection of fiction and nonfiction for 3rd-12th grade classrooms, searchable by lexile, grade, theme, genre, literary device, or common core standard.
#2 – DOGOnews
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Current event articles covering news, science, social studies, world events, environment, sports, and more.
#3 – KidsPost
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This site is from the Washington Post, with articles specifically written for students.
#4 – KiwiKids News
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This site is from New Zealand but provides excellent articles on world events as well as general interest topics.
#5 – NY Times Article of the Day
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This site takes one New York Times article per day and pairs it with detailed questions for pre-reading, discussion, and writing.
#6 – News For Kids
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Daily updated with articles covering world news, science, sports, arts, and more.
#7 – Newsela
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This is one of the best known sites for student articles, with each article written at five different reading levels.
#8 – ReadWorks
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Thousands of passages including articles, paired texts, fiction and nonfiction, and more.
#9 – Science News for Students
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Science, health and technology news stories and features, aimed at readers 9 to 14 years old.
#10 – Student Daily News
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Content for students including a daily news article, world events, editorials, and more,
#11 – Teaching Kids News
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This site provides current event news articles for students in grades 2 through 8, along with thinking questions and discussion prompts.
#12 – Time for Kids
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News and articles from Time, written for students K through 6th grade. Some articles include versions in multiple reading levels.
#13 – TweenTribune
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Each article is written at four different reading levels so the content can be used K-12.
#14 – Wonderopolis
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This site has a new article posted each day answering an intriguing question.
#15 – Youngzine
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This site is updated weekly with news articles aimed at upper elementary through high school students.

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