Most students struggle their first year in college. High school doesn't prepare them (or their parents) for what's next...

Harlan Cohen coaches you and your family through all the changes ahead. Get access to over 25 years of college success strategies and direct access to Harlan during LIVE sessions throughout the year.

The Struggle is Real. Prepare.

Navigating the first year in college can be surprisingly difficult. Being unprepared can cost time, money, and emotional energy. The stats are clear. (Source: ACHA-NCHA Spring 2023 survey and U.S. Department of Education)

  • 47.8 percent of students reported having ACADEMIC problems or challenges. Of this group, 87 percent said this issue caused them moderate or high distress.

  • 50.8% of College students reported feeling LONELY over the past 12 months

  • 50.3 percent of students reported having FINANCIAL problems or challenges over the past 12 months.

  • 28.2 percent of students reported having ROOMMATE problems or challenges over the past 12 months.

  • Four-year graduation rate for students attending public colleges and universities is 33.3%. The six-year rate is 57.6%. At private colleges and universities, the four-year graduation rate is 52.8%, and 65.4% earn a degree in six years.

America's #1 College Success Coach Is In Your Corner

Harlan Cohen is the bestselling author of 7 books including The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College. His titles have over 1 million copies in print. He is also a speaker who has presented at over 500 high schools and college campuses. He hosts The Harlan Cohen podcast and is founder of Best First Year.

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For over 25 years, Harlan Cohen has helped millions of students successfully navigate the SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL, PHYSICAL, FINANCIAL, and ACADEMIC challenges that are part of life in college. He helps students set goals, take on new challenges, and overcome obstacles. He helps parents establish a baseline of what's normal and to be expected. His college coaching program is based on his NY Times bestselling books, social media tips, and the latest research. Harlan gives families the information they need to support college success.

HOW IT WORKS

Weekly LIVE Coaching with Harlan (August-December). Every Other Week LIVE Coaching (Jan-July). Join ANYTIME!

Harlan is by your side as you and your family transition to life in college.  LIVE group coaching calls cover all the important issues. Each session includes live Q & A and direct access to Harlan. Topics include: making friends, academic success, study skills, time management, finances, roommates, relationships, mental health, leadership, and more.

All coaching sessions are recorded and available 24/7 in the Best First Year portal.

Best First Year includes:

COACHING, MONTHLY SPECIAL EVENTS, VIDEO LESSONS

    1. Class of 2024 New Members

    2. December Program REPLAY: 13 Mistakes High School Students Make When Choosing a College

    3. (January 17 REPLAY) CLASS OF 2024 SENIOR & PARENT PROGRAM: GETTING IN. NOT GETTING IN. WHAT TO DO NEXT...

    1. (Jan 9 REPLAY) WIN or LEARN in '24 - Step 1. WANT SOMETHING

    2. (Jan 23 REPLAY) WIN OR LEARN in '24 - Step 2. GET COMFORTABLE WITH THE UNCOMFORTABLE

    3. (Feb 6th REPLAY) WIN OR LEARN in '24 - Step 3. THINK PEOPLE, PLACES, PATIENCE

    4. (Feb 20) WIN OR LEARN in '24 - Step 4: TELL YOUR STORY AS IF IT'S ALREADY HAPPENED

    5. (Mar 5) WIN OR LEARN in '24 - Step 5. CELEBRATE, REFLECT, REPEAT

    6. (Mar 19) WIN OR LEARN in '24 - Your LONG-TERM Risk-Taking Experiment

    1. (August 15 REPLAY) TOPIC: Setting Expectations, Connecting to Campus, and Roommates

    2. (AUGUST 22 REPLAY) TOPIC: Making New Friends, People, Places, Patience

    3. (AUGUST 29 REPLAY) TOPIC: Staying Safe on Campus (Alcohol, Drugs, Consent, and other taboo topics)

    4. (September 5 REPLAY) TOPIC: Life Inside the Classroom (professors, study resources, time management, getting help)

    5. (September 13 REPLAY) TOPIC: Your Mental Health (homesickness, stress, anxiety, rejection, and navigating change)

    6. (September 19 REPLAY) TOPIC: Finances (making money, managing money, saving money)

    7. (September 26 REPLAY) Dating, Relationships, and Emotional Risk-Taking

    8. (October 4 REPLAY) TOPIC: Academic Check-In: Celebrate your Cs, Ds, and Fs (time to get help)

    9. (October 11 REPLAY) TOPIC: Transferring, Hazing, Not Fitting In and Other Problems

    10. (October 17 REPLAY) TOPIC: Staying on track to graduate in 4 years

    11. (November 1 REPLAY) TOPIC: Office Hours Tricks, Tips, and Questions to Ask Your Professor

    12. (November 7 REPLAY) TOPIC: The Truth About Transferring

    13. (November 14 REPLAY) Home For Holidays (things might be very different)

    14. (November 21 REPLAY) TOPIC: Job Search (looking for a job and internships)

    15. (November 28 REPLAY) Preparing for Final Exams (managing time, planning, study in a group)

    16. (December 12 REPLAY) TOPIC: Home For The Holidays

    17. (December 18 REPLAY) TOPIC: Celebrating Our Wins (a year in review)

    1. WATCH: What is your dream?

    2. DOWNLOAD AND COMPLETE: What is your dream?

    3. WATCH: Getting Comfortable

    4. DOWNLOAD & COMPLETE: Getting Comfortable

    5. WATCH: The Big Transition

    6. DOWNLOAD & COMPLETE: The Big Transition Worksheet

    7. WATCH: The Three Ps

    8. DOWNLOAD & COMPLETE: The Three Ps Worksheet

    9. WATCH: Risk-Taking 101

    10. DOWNLOAD & COMPLETE: Risk-Taking 101

    11. WATCH: Your College Plan

    12. DOWNLOAD & COMPLETE: Your College Plan

    1. WATCH: Making Friends

    2. DOWNLOAD & COMPLETE: Making Friends Worksheet

    3. WATCH: Getting Involved

    4. DOWNLOAD & COMPLETE: Getting Involved Worksheet

    5. WATCH: Go Go Go To Events

    6. DOWNLOAD & COMPLETE: Go Go Go To Events

    7. WATCH: The Fifth Wall

    8. DOWNLOAD & COMPLETE: The Fifth Wall Worksheet

    9. WATCH: Homesickness

    10. DOWNLOAD & COMPLETE: Homesickness

    11. WATCH: The Shy Student

    12. DOWNLOAD & COMPLETE: The Shy Student Worksheet

    13. WATCH: About Your Parents

    14. DOWNLOAD & COMPLETE: About Your Parents Worksheet

    15. WATCH: Commuting Commuters

    16. DOWNLOAD & COMPLETE: Commuting Commuters Worksheet

    1. WATCH: Residence Halls

    2. DOWNLOAD & COMPLETE: Residence Halls Worksheet

    3. WATCH: Roommates: The Rules

    4. DOWNLOAD & COMPLETE: Roommates: The Rules Worksheet

    5. WATCH: Roommates From Hell

    6. DOWNLOAD & COMPLETE: Roommates From Hell Worksheet

    7. WATCH: Living with a Good Friend

    8. DOWNLOAD & COMPLETE: Living with a Good Friend Worksheet

    9. WATCH: The Partying Roommate

    10. DOWNLOAD & COMPLETE: The Partying Roommate Worksheet

    11. WATCH: The Klepto Roommate

    12. DOWNLOAD & COMPLETE: The Klepto Roommate Worksheet

    13. WATCH: The Stinky Roommate

    14. DOWNLOAD & COMPLETE: The Stinky Roommate Worksheet

    15. WATCH: The Depressed Roommate

    16. DOWNLOAD & COMPLETE: The Depressed Roommate Worksheet

    17. WATCH: The Moving Out Roommate

    18. DOWNLOAD & COMPLETE: The Moving Out Roommate Worksheet

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  • $297.00
  • Based on the #1 Bestselling Book on College Life
  • 32+ LIVE Group Coaching Sessions Hosted By NY Times Bestselling Author Harlan Cohen
  • Weekly Coaching Aug-Dec, Twice a Month Coaching Jan-July, Monthly Class of 2024 Programs (Jan-July)

MEMBERSHIP INCLUDES:

  • Live Coaching

    Harlan will help you each week (Aug-Nov) to navigate the first several months in college. Have a question? Harlan is here to help. Attend whenever you need help. Access all the recordings and materials.

  • Family & Student Access

    Each membership includes access for two family members. Take advantage of Harlan's LIVE events, recordings, coaching sessions, video lessons and activities. Use what you need when you need it.

  • BONUS: Class of 2024 Special Events

    Each month (Jan-June), Harlan hosts special events for TheClass of 2024 students and families. Your Best First Year Membership gives you access to all live events and 24/7 replays to all the events.

Class of 2024 High School Senior & Parent Special Programs

Harlan hosts monthly programs for Best First Year students and families January-July. Can't be there live? Best First Year Members get access to ALL recordings.

  • JANUARY: Getting in. Not getting in. Getting waitlisted, deferred, and other outcomes.

  • FEBRUARY: Financial Do's and Dont's for students and parents

  • MARCH: Campus Visits & Admitted Student Days: Set yourself up for success.

  • APRIL: Committing to College Checklist. Make sure you check all the right boxes.

  • MAY: 17 Things You NEED to Do Before Going to College (for students and parents)

  • JUNE: Roommate Rules | Living on Campus | Mental Health Transition Plan

  • JULY: Shopping for College Essentials (and non-essentials)

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Includes LIVE group Q&A coaching sessions with Harlan Cohen (twice a month Dec-July | weekly Aug-Nov). ACCESS-FOR-ALL GUARANTEE. If cost is an issue, email [email protected] and let us know what you can handle. Cost will not stand in the way of your success.

  • $297.00

    Access for parent(s) and student through 5/1/25. 30 day money-back guarantee. Institutional pricing available.

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WANT ONE-ON-ONE COACHING?

Harlan offers limited access to 1:1 coaching for students and  families. Best First Year Members get first priority. For more information mail [email protected]