Featured Colleges of the Week

Emory University

  • Location: Atlanta, GA (134 miles)
  • Enrollment: 15,500
  • Programs of Study: 70+
  • Cost of Attendance (out of state)
    • Tuition & Fees: $53,804
    • Room & Board: $14,972
  • Athletics: NCAA Division III - University Athletic Association 
    • 19 programs
    • Mascot: Eagles
    • Team Colors: Blue, Gold, & White
Emory University

Freed-Hardeman University

  • Location: Henderson, TN (278 miles)
  • Enrollment: 2,100
  • Programs of Study: 35+
  • Cost of Attendance 
    • Tuition & Fees: $22,950
    • Room & Board: $7,950
  • Athletics: NAIA - American Midwest Conference 
    • 16 programs
    • Mascot: Lions
    • Team Colors: Black & Gold
Freed-Hardeman University

Berea College

  • Location: Berea, KY (233 miles)
  • Enrollment: 1,600
  • Programs of Study: 30+
  • Cost of Attendance 
    • Tuition & Fees: $44,700
    • Room & Board: $6,966
  • Athletics: NCAA Division III - USA South 
    • 14 programs
    • Mascot: Mountaineers
    • Team Colors: Blue & White
Berea College

"My College Experience"

Soddy Daisy High School Faculty & Staff share some thoughts on their own college experiences.

Susan Acuff

  • College/University: East Tennessee State University 
  • Why did you attend this school: Liked the size and location of the school and I had friends attending that would be my roommates
  • Degree/Major: Special Education
  • Minor: Elementary Education
  • Graduate Schools/Degrees: UTC - School Psychology
  • Extracurricular Activities: Alpha Delta Pi sorority; Student Government; Honor Society; work study program
  • Favorite college memories: Almost everything :)
  • Favorite class/professor and why: Drs. Brown and Caskey- Enjoyed the lectures and topics of study
  • What do you know now that you wish you had known then: Study more in high school ;) Take it seriously
  • Best piece of advice for our current SDHS seniors: Enjoy the social opportunities but above all ENJOY the LEARNING

Kim Hartline

  • College/University: UTC
  • Why did you attend this school: It was a good financial fit for me.
  • Degree/Major: English Education 
  • Minor: Theater/Speech Education
  • Extracurricular Activities: I was in a sorority.
  • Favorite college memories: my English classes. The professors at UTC were great.
  • Favorite class/professor and why: Dr. Totten/Composition I. I learned so much about writing from him.
  • What do you know now that you wish you had known then: that in order to make good grades you MUST study and apply yourself, much harder than high school
  • Best piece of advice for our current SDHS seniors: Take college seriously. Manage your time well. Set time aside just for studying. Learn how to be a good note taker. There is a time for having fun, but passing with good grades is more important. 

Benefits of Living On Campus

Studies show that students who live on campus tend to:
  1. Complete more credit hours and have higher GPAs
  2. Become more involved with the campus community
  3. Show greater gains in student development and interpersonal self-esteem
  4. Express greater satisfaction with their undergraduate experience
  5. Graduate with greater frequency than off-campus students
There are many other benefits to living on-campus:
  1. Meet new people and develop lasting friendships
  2. Oftentimes cheaper than living off-campus
  3. Accessibility to campus facilities, activities, and events
  4. Trained staff available when help is needed
  5. On-site laundry facilities
  6. Minimal transportation costs
  7. Easy access to dining services
The College Housing Survival Guide


Use the buttons below to navigate to a variety of scholarship resources and information. 
Scholarships Worth Consideration
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US Dept of Education Scholarship Resources

Surviving Your First Year of College

For many of you, your freshman year of college is coming on quickly. Your life is about to change - BIG TIME! Among other things, you're about to experience: a more rigorous academic environment, more freedom, more independence, what you think is more free time on your hands, more temptations, more opportunities, and the list goes on... Having a plan for how to deal with all these changes is a good idea. the National Society of High School Scholars offers the following guide for How to Survive Freshman Year of College. Read it. You'll thank me later.
How to Survive Freshman Year of College

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  • December 13 - Career Professional Panel (Senior Project)
  • December 18 - Last Day of Classes (half day) 
  • December 19 thru January 1 - Winter Break
  • January 2-3 - Professional Development for Faculty/Staff
  • January 6 - Classes Begin for students

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