Freshmen Fast Facts-Academic Development - Carnegie Mellon University

Fast Facts for Freshmen

This series provides practical advice from CMU students and faculty about many of the new challenges that first year undergraduates face during the first few weeks of college.

These pamphlets are stored as PDF files. To view and print PDFs, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader® installed. You can download it for free by going directly to

1. A Strong Start [pdf]

Tips on classroom strategies, note-taking and working with faculty.

2. A Lot To Do [pdf]

Optimizing your time and managing coursework and readings.

3. Absorbing It All [pdf]

Understanding the material, studying and study groups, and taking tests.

4. More To Consider [pdf]

Understanding grades and academic integrity.

5. Getting Help If You Need It [pdf]

Making the most of the academic support services on campus.