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High school: It's all about college, but don't stress out

No humans in the halls of any high school, even freshmen, can escape its foreboding crush: the stress of getting ready for college. � But you can protect against it. Here are some grade by grade suggestions for keeping strong from the beginning so you can really survive the stress as the years move on. Freshmen Be  …


  1. NYU: The city is your campus


    New York University

    New York, NY

    Distance from home: 1,160 miles NE; but a quick plane ride

    Four-year private university

  2. Florida State University



    Public four-year university

    Admission difficulty: Harder than University of Central Florida, but easier than University of Florida.

    Size: Nole-normous (40,000)

  3. Emmanuel College, Kimberly Sears


    Emmanuel College, Boston

    Private Catholic Institution

    Distance from home: 1,183 miles NE

  4. DePauw: You can learn to love Wal-Mart


    Greencastle, Ind.

    Distance from home: 1,025 miles NW

    Private 4-year university

  5. College campus tour: University of Miami, Coral Gables


    University of Miami, Coral Gables

    Private institution

    Location: Beautiful palm-tree-populated Coral Gables. Coral Gables equals expensive living; however, it also has its sketchy areas. Close to the school is a great shopping and restaurant area called Sunset and a local nightlife district called the …

  6. Campus tour: University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind.


    The University of Notre Dame has been immortalized by the movie Rudy and by Saturday home football games on NBC. Some of the hype is true, but there is definitely more to the story. Here's the real scoop from a Notre Dame sophomore.

  7. Macalester College: Liberal shelter from a cold, cruel world


    Distance from home: 1600 miles NW

    School type: Private, 4-year

    Admission difficulty: High

    Size: Small. You can walk corner-to-corner without breaking a sweat

  8. Indiana University: You know we're called Hoosiers, right?


    Indiana University, Bloomington

    Public four-year university

    Admission difficulty: Average

    Size: Huge. There are 40,000 undergraduate students.

  9. Harvard University


    Name of institution: Harvard University ("Hahvahd" to the local folk)

  10. Georgetown University: Do you dream of being president someday?


    Washington, D.C.

    Private 4-year Jesuit university

    Compare to: the Ivy Leagues

    Admission difficulty: High

    School size: Small

    Tuition: About $38,616 and increasing rapidly by the minute. By the time you read this, the tuition could reach $50,000.