December is right around the corner. For many, that means the long-awaited date for early decision or early action letters is within reach. College decisions, for some, will be finalized. And once you know where you're going to college, there are a few things you can do to start planning. First, be sure and connect with the school's Facebook page for your class. Many find their future roommate through this Facebook page. Find out everything you can about the freshmen dorms. The Housing or Residence Life pages provide a lot of great information.

Many schools will allow you to choose your dorm (some ask for 1st choice, 2nd choice, 3rd choice) and you'll want to look at the different options and decide your preferences. Do you want substance-free living? A Learning Themed Dorm (Academic, Cultural, or Lifestyle Themes)? An "all girls" or "all guys" dorm?  Old building or new construction? Old buildings often offer larger rooms with more character.  You can learn a lot about your home-to-be online. Things like air conditioning (or not), carpeting or hardwood or laminated floors, what's allowed and what's not. You can also find out about the availability of internet, cable tv, study lounges, and location on campus. If you can go back and visit, plan a day to revisit the school and freshmen dorms. If you know someone there, see if you can meet up and look at some lived-in rooms for ideas.

While it's too early to plan specifics for your dorm room, you can be thinking about things like colors, fabrics, and patterns. Start browsing websites for dorm decor ideas.  American Made Dorm & Home has bedding, accent pillows, bed skirts, rugs, and accessories for the dorm (and home bedding as well, in the event you've chosen to live in an apartment) with some great ideas to kick-start your planning.

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This room makes the most of the pink and green theme!


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