Most students struggle making the transition to life in college...

And MOST parents struggle knowing the best ways to help. Best First Year saves you time, money, and emotional energy. This self-paced program helps students prepare, plan, and navigate life in college. And it helps parents know how to be the BEST possible partners during the college years (and beyond).


1 for Student + 1 for Parent

  • Student Membership

    Prepare, plan, and navigate life in college using the videos lessons, LIVE Q&A, and access to live and recorded webinars. Members get on-demand access to Harlan's virtual event: 17 Things You Need to Do Before College. New content is being added.

  • Parent Membership

    Learn what your student will experience in college. Watch lessons, attend LIVE Q&A, access webinars. Members get on-demand access to Harlan's virtual event, 5 Simple Rules for College Parents. New content is always being added...

  • High School & College

    Designed for high school seniors, juniors, recent grads, college students, transfer students, and parents with students in these stages of life. Use to navigate college search, selection, and transition.

Program content

Video lessons, LIVE Monthly Q&A Sessions With Harlan, Webinars (Live & On-Demand)


    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

    1. WATCH: How to Get an A

    2. DOWNLOAD & COMPLETE: How to Get an A Worksheet

    3. WATCH: How to NOT Get an A

    4. DOWNLOAD & COMPLETE: How to NOT Get an A Worksheet

    5. WATCH: How to Fail

    6. DOWNLOAD & COMPLETE: How to Fail Worksheet

    7. WATCH: Instructor Instructions

    8. DOWNLOAD & COMPLETE: Instructor Instructions Worksheet

    9. WATCH: College Majors

    10. DOWNLOAD & COMPLETE: College Majors Worksheet

    11. WATCH : Advisors

    12. DOWNLOAD & COMPLETE: Advisors Worksheet

    13. WATCH: Time Management

    14. DOWNLOAD & COMPLETE: Time Management Worksheet

    1. WATCH: Greek Life: The Basics

    2. DOWNLOAD & COMPLETE: Greek Life: The Basics Worksheet

    3. WATCH: Greek Life: The Good

    4. DOWNLOAD & COMPLETE: Greek Life: The Good Worksheet

    5. WATCH: Greek Life: The Not So Good

    6. DOWNLOAD & COMPLETE: Greek Life: The Not So Good Worksheet

    7. WATCH: Greek Life: The Ugly

    8. DOWNLOAD & COMPLETE: Greek Life: The Ugly Worksheet

About this course

  • $147.00
  • 95 lessons
  • 6 hours of video content
  • Based on the #1 Bestselling Book on College Life
  • Hosted By NY Times Bestselling Author Harlan Cohen
  • Membership includes access for 2 family members. LIVE Monthly Group Zoom Sessions With Harlan


Get access to New York Times bestselling author Harlan Cohen during LIVE group sessions throughout the year. Students and parents are invited.

Each month, Harlan hosts a LIVE discussion where he addresses timely topics and themes. Students and parents are invited to attend live or watch the on-demand replay.  Topics include: College admissions, financial aid, college fit, college search, college selection, college transition, financial aid, mental health, roommates, relationships, friendships, parenting, academics, and whatever issues you want to address during this lively conversation. 


May 25, 2023 (8 pm CST / 6 pm PST)
Recording will be made available

May 31, 2023 (12 pm CST / 10 pm PST)
Recording will be made available

June  14, 2023 (7 pm CST / 5pm PST)
Recording will be made available

* links will be sent via email


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.

>  Watch Al Roker and Harlan Discuss Tips for College Parents

"High school gets students into college, but most of them aren't prepared for what happens next.  Every year, millions of students will struggle with the social, emotional, physical, financial, and academic changes ahead. This is a fact. It's the same type of problems year after year. Many of these situations can be prevented or more easily managed.  I'm grateful to help students and their parents get comfortable with the uncomfortable while navigating all the changes ahead. 

 - Harlan Cohen


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Payment Details:

Includes LIVE monthly group Q&A session with Harlan Cohen for students and parents. If cost is prohibitive, email and let us know. We NEVER want money to stand in the way of your success! NOTE: Once you sign up, you'll receive an email with instructions to set up your 2nd membership.

  • $147.00

    1 year subscription for 2 family members (two email addresses included). 30 day money-back guarantee. Institutional pricing available.

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