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There are a lot of things to stay on top of in college—our grades, our extracurriculars, our social life, our career plans— all of which affect our health. From wacky sleep schedules to stressful study schedules to sometimes not-so-safe behaviors, college can be a tough place to stay in tip-top shape, both in mind and body.

Over the last year, with the help of The Princeton Review, we conducted an extensive series of surveys where we collected over 10,000 responses from women at 300+ colleges about anything and everything pertaining to their lives. From career aspirations to fitness to sex, we took a candid and unfiltered approach to getting inside the mind of the college woman.  Now, we’re sharing the results.

Along with The Princeton Review, we are excited to present the first of a 7-phase survey series: The Complete College Life Survey. In this survey, we touched on a variety of general topics, many of which we will deep-dive into in coming weeks.

Who we surveyed:

We collected 10,062 individual responses from college women representing all 50 U.S. states and 28 international countries, with 9% of respondents attending college internationally.  Respondents were split approximately evenly among freshman, sophomore, and junior year, with slightly fewer seniors responding and respondents’ average age was 19.7 years old.

Stephanie Kaplan Lewis
Co-founder, CEO & Editor-in-Chief

Kelsey Thorn
Design Editor

Katie Naymon
Associate Editor

Elaina Featherstone
Marketing Manager

Cara Sprunk
Managing Editor

The Results of Our Mega Study on College Women »

We’re giving it to you straight.

College Sleep Habits Are Worse Than You Think »

Most collegiettes report one terrible sleep habit…

Are College Women Actually Happy With Their Bodies? »

Over 40 percent feel they’ve exhibited eating disorder behavior.

The Real Reasons College Girls Work Out »

The number one reason isn’t what you think.

How Often Are College Women REALLY Having Sex? »

You’re not the only one who hasn’t had sex yet.

Virtually All College Women Feel Stressed-Here’s Why »

Half of college women have seen a therapist.

Your Friends Might Drink More Than You Think »

The majority are imbibing, at least.


As the Senior Designer, Kelsey is responsible for the conceptualization and design of solutions that support and strengthen Her Campus on all levels. While managing junior designers, Kelsey manages and oversees the creative needs of Her Campus’s 260+ chapters nationwide and abroad. Passionate about campaign ideation and finding innovative design solutions for brands, Kelsey works closely with the client services team to develop integrated marketing and native advertising campaigns for Her Campus clients such as Macy’s, UGG, Merck, Amtrak, Intel, TRESemmé and more. A 2012 college graduate, Kelsey passionately pursued English Literature, Creative Writing and Studio Art at Skidmore College. Born in and native to Massachusetts, Kelsey supplements creative jewelry design and metal smithing with a passion for fitness and Boston Bruins hockey. Follow her on Twitter: @kelsey_thornFollow her on Instagram: @kelsey_thorn