Parents' Guide to

College Life

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

First-hand look at post-high school life; lots of drinking.

TV MTV Reality TV 2009
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age 2+

Based on 1 parent review

Is It Any Good?

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Overall, the series offers a unique perspective on college life by allowing the students to film their day-to-day lives without the help or support of a production crew. But while the way in which these freshmen choose to share their lives may be unique, the scenes of students drinking, studying, arguing, and finding ways to entertain themselves aren't particularly inspiring. And even when they do seem to learn some life lessons along the way, it's hard to appreciate what they're feeling thanks to the fragmented way in which their stories are pieced together in each half-hour episode.

Ultimately, a lot of what's shown here doesn't break away from the typical (and often stereotypical) images of college students in the media. Teens will probably be drawn to the show for its entertainment value and because it gives them some ideas about what college life will be like if/when they get there. But some of the featured behavior -- including excessive drinking, conversations about sex, and strong language -- make it somewhat iffy viewing.

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