Knowing how to get ready for college plays a major role in how successful you will be your first year. High school’s typically do not prepare student’s adequately for the rigors of coursework as well as challenges that student’s face outside of the classroom. Retention studies show that students who have a successful first year experience with college fare much better than those who do not. In fact, national studies indicate that students who do not perform well their first year typically drop out and never graduate. This shows the importance of knowing how to get ready for college.full article..