Make College Count

Discover the way to true success at college–and beyond

Make College Count - HardcoverThere’s more to college than classes, credits, and a nonstop social life. It’s more than getting a degree to improve your job prospects. College is a time where you develop into the person you will be for the rest of your life. Make College Count will help you make the most of your time in college. It encourages you to ask the big questions, like

Why am I going to college?
What kind of person do I want to be?
How do I want my life to influence others?
With whom will I surround myself?
What do I believe?

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“In Make College Count, my friend Derek Melleby will help you see that the most important choices you have to make are not merely where to attend or what major to select. He shows how the bigger questions—who you are, why you are going to college, and what kind of person you want to become—are the most important. And they are the hardest to answer.” –from the foreword by David Kinnaman, president of the Barna Group; author of unChristian and You Lost Me

“For years I have been looking for the right book to give to Christian high school grads: readable, real, honest, grace-focused, Christ-centered, and practical. Finally, I’ve found just the ticket—Make College Count is that book.” ―Chap Clark, author of Hurt: Inside the World of Today’s Teenagers; professor of youth, family, and culture, Fuller Theological Seminary

“Christian college students hear a lot about what to avoid during their college years. So, it’s refreshing to encounter a book that explains what students should embrace in college. It’s clear that Derek Melleby understands the world of today’s students. His book proves the point as he rolls out wise and practical advice that will equip young people to make the most of their college experience and graduate as mature, effective followers of Jesus Christ.” —Joseph M. Stowell, president, Cornerstone University

Make College Count is just right! What Derek Melleby has done is find a way to come alongside someone on the way to college and offer guidance about things that matter most. His own rich vision of learning and life threads its way throughout, giving windows into the challenge and complexity of the college years with a playful seriousness that feels like that of a friend who honestly cares how it all turns out.” ―Steven Garber, director of The Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation & Culture; author of The Fabric of Faithfulness

Make College Count offers an accurate preview of college life and encourages and equips students to thoughtfully make the most of college (and the rest of their lives) by embracing a real and vibrant faith that’s not an extracurricular add-on, but a foundation for all of life. This could be the most important book a student reads during their college years.” ―Walt Mueller, president, Center for Parent/Youth Understanding

“With this great little book, Make College Count, Derek Melleby offers a kind of CliffsNotes study guide for these critical years. His knowledge of college students allows him to write convincingly about both the adventures and the perils of college life. With good humor, savvy realism, sound biblical counsel, and practical advice, this book offers valuable insights for those who find themselves facing the big questions and the hard tests for the real-world curriculum of college life. And it’s a short enough book that college students are likely to actually read it!” ―Duffy Robbins, professor of youth ministry, Eastern University

“I am always leery when I pick up a book designed to be a gift book for high school graduates. They are mostly cheesy or condescending. Derek has written to college freshman from a perspective that is wise yet hip, profound yet common sense, and complete yet not overwhelming. Both of my college-aged children will get a copy as soon as the book is published.” ―Allen Jackson, professor of youth and collegiate ministry, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary