Welcome to College

Welcome to College

Welcome to College: A Christ-Follower’s Guide for the Journey (Kregel, March 2017)

Is there a more frightening question for a graduating high school senior than “What will you do with your life?”

In college, whether they realize it or not, students will answer that question every day with each decision. All of the new friends and new experiences of higher education will shape their future. It’s critical that students know how to handle college before they’re in the thick of it.

Jonathan Morrow tackles the tough questions that arise during these formative years, including:

—How do you grow spiritually?
—How do you manage your time to both study well and have fun?
—Is all truth relative?
—Are there good reasons to be a Christian?
—As a Christian, how should you view issues like dating and sex?

Each chapter of this new edition has been updated, and the author has included a new chapter on Christianity, homosexuality, and the Bible. Grounded in both his own extensive experience and biblical truth, Morrow’s book is full of quick, easy-to-read chapters and excellent advice.

Learn more and purchase a copy.


  • This a good book to have for yourself as a parent and your child to read I highly recommend reading this book especially if you have children going to college but the can also come in handy to have enough even to get yourself​ and your child/children ready for the future.

  • I’m not one to highlight or write in a book except on the rare occasion. Welcome to College was one of those rare occasions. To start with, I like at the end of each chapter they have “The Big Ideas” which covers the main points of what was just read. Most often the Big Ideas had 1 or 2 of the pieces I highlighted.

  • I recently had the opportunity to review Welcome to College: A Christ-Follower’s Guide for the Journey by Jonathan Morrow. I had my soon to be college student read through the book as well. We found a great guide that will introduce college bound kids to issues they’ll face in college and give insight into how those issues relate to a Christian worldview.

  • This one is an excellent guide to help prepare your child for college! I like that there is a lot of information without being overwhelming. And, the passages of scriptures are thought provoking. Two thumbs up!

  • Moments says:

    The college-bound student is going to have to adjust to being on their own and having more independence; however this could be overwhelming or they may not be prepared to make wise decisions as every choice that is made has either a positive or a negative consequence.  Jonathan addresses staying strong spiritually, emotionally, and finding a good balance for having fun and studying.  There is a lot of information in this book, including lists, highlighted points, references for further reading and a box in each chapter highlighting the main points. 

  • I am so impressed with this book! This is the second edition and is completely up to date with the times. Reading Welcome to College has even been beneficial to me as a parent and a Christian. I plan to have my teenage daughter read it soon, too. I’m hoping to work through the book with deep discussions with her as she will be entering college in the near future.

  • Jonathan Morrow’s book, Welcome to College, has been a good tool for both me and Logan to read. I read the book first, then Logan did. Then we sat down and discussed any questions Logan had, went over what was covered in the book, and had a genuine heart-to-heart about our fears and expectations.

  • This book is a must read not only for students but parents. The topics covered are relevant for today’s Christians. A great tool for students to navigate college life as a Christian.

  • I think this would make a great graduation gift for young Christians looking to engage in the world around them while still keeping rooted in their beliefs. This book will challenge them to think for themselves and analyze what they hear and see, along with living out their faith in a respectful yet confident way. Definitely passing this on to my younger siblings to read.

  • While the pressure for college kids grows more and more, this book can help any faith-orientated teen or young adult but they must have a strong belief in God as well as what the author views to be truth. The chapters are filled with answers to really tough questions and covers strong topics.

  • Welcome to College encourages readers of any age to truly know their theology. Not just know about it, but truly know it. Pastor Mark Barrett, senior pastor at Faith Community Bible Church in Bremerton, always exhorts fellow believers to be thinking Christians, and that is exactly what Morrow’s tome prepares the reader to become. The author explains historical timelines that brought us to today, and holds up both past and present thought against the Word of God – our ultimate source of truth.

  • College can be SO SO SO overwhelming! This book is JUST the thing to give to teens, looking at college in the next couple of years, or in the Fall. It truly helps get them (and you, trust me you need to read it together) ready for all the changes that college will bring to their lives! If nothing else, checking out the ‘Big Points’ at the end of the chapters, which summarize them, can offer parents a great way to start conversations, knowing what was talked about and discussed.

  • While there are many chapters on the practical side of juggling life, schedules, and making decisions, a large percentage of this book was spiritual — how to deal with doubt, how to be aware of satan’s tactics, what logical opposition one most likely will face, the list goes on. It was one of the most spiritual-strengthening and encouraging book that I’ve read in a while.

  • As the mother of six children, two of which are college age and several of which are currently journeying through their teen years, I feel that this book is a gigantic treasury of biblical wisdom for young people entering a world of independence.

  • While each chapter is fairly short, I feel most contain a lot of information that needs to be read and studied further to fully grasp it. The author so kindly provides resources at the end of each chapter just for that purpose. Even though Welcome To College is geared towards students getting ready to attend college, this book seems like something most everyone wanting to truly own their faith could benefit reading through.

  • Welcome to College is written in an easy, conversational style, which is appealing especially to young adults, I think. A young friend of ours (who is facing college even sooner than my son), commented that it was interesting, and even funny at times. I find the information useful to young collegians.

  • While I don’t have a high school senior at the moment. I will have a 9th grader come the new school year, so I am preparing her for college..whether she chooses to do an online course, community college, or moves away for college.

  • I would recommend this awesome book about college to every single high schooler and first time college student. This book contained over 40 different topics about what a college student could face in college. I liked how Jonathan Morrow described how important faith is and how to take a stand and how important it is to know what you believe before you enter college.

  • High school Juniors and Seniors preparing for college are the target audience for Jonathan Morrow’s Welcome to College. Herein lies the flaw, very few 16 – 18 year olds are going to sit down and read 362 pages of non-required material. Even if they were to begin, they are likely to fall asleep before reaching Chapter 3.

  • This is an excellent resource for students heading out into the secular college world. Even Christian schools aren’t what some hope that they will be. It is the world, either way. This book gives awesome insight into some topics that you don’t really think about until you are in the midst of them. This is a great graduation gift idea! ]

  • Welcome to College walks through philosophy to practicality. It talks about finding God and wrestling with faith issues that can derail relationships with God. It hits all the important topics from how to prepare for college to sex to finding God’s will for your life. It addresses them with humor and depth. I LOVE that there are resources for further discover at the end of each chapter. Welcome to College is a great tool for students as they prepare for college and all that it means.

  • This book is full of helpful information that would be a terrific companion to send along with any college student. Written in a way that is easy to read and easy to understand. Broken into short chapters that could be read consecutively or by the chapters that pertain to your current need.

  • This book is such an amazing resource and is just the sort of book every young person should have while in college as it helps prepare them for what will await them. I loved how it is broken down into chapters and really tackles so many of the tough things that kids a sure to encounter and doesn’t shy away but addresses them in such a straight forward manner.

  • I requested this book because my brother is about to head off for college, and I thought that this would be a good and helpful read for both of us. And I would have to agree. I thought the chapters were succinct and well written, and the topics were practical and definitely applicable for what students have to deal with in college, and even as young professionals after college as well.

  • Welcome to College is a very detailed and thought-provoking book specifically written for incoming college freshmen & focuses on their Christian walk. I personally think a student should begin reading it their senior year of high school (and possibly junior year), as it may help play a role in a student evaluating where they will go to college and their motivation for choosing a school.

  • My 15 year old and I both really loved this book. The author’s tone is matter of fact, while encouraging young people to think for themselves and consider the many aspects of each of these difficult topics. It’s the kind of book every young person should read before moving out to the real world. Challenging, thought-provoking, and packed with Biblical truth. We highly recommend it!

  • Really amazing resource. Getting close to graduating my first, and I plan to have him read this cover to cover next year before he heads off. Same with my other 3 who will be following along. Great book to help raise awareness of the struggles that will plague the kids at college and prepare them to succeed. I really enjoyed this book and know it will be well used in our home and recommended to our friends!!

  • With over 300 pages of material on standing up for your faith and various other topics affecting Christian college kids, every high schooler should read this book. In fact, I already put it in my youth group’s library!

  • Author, Jonathan Morrow, offers this book A Christ-Follower’s Guide for the Journey to help parents and students alike to navigate the complexity and unknown of college for this generation. And as we prepare to send our second child off to college next year I consider this book a MUST-READ.

  • #Transformed says:

    Welcome to CollegeI was excited to sit down to read and review Welcome to College by Jonathan Morrow, unfortunately, that excitement was short-lived. This is the first time I have done a #Bookreview and would not recommend what I read. To be honest, there are very few high schoolers I would tell, “hey, I think you’ll love this book!” The book is good…but I don’t think the title matches its content or target audience.

  • Welcome to College is helpful for all young adults launching into the world, not just for those heading to college. I like that each chapter is short. If a young adult tackles one chapter a week, they’ll finish the book in less than a year. If they read the chapters out of order, as questions arise, they have manageable chunks of information that are easily located, relevant, Biblical, and helpful.

  • My Full Cup says:

    I originally loved Welcome To College. Jonathan Morrow did a great job–following the ideas of C. S. Lewis, keeping his material light-hearted and uncomplicated while still including sound doctrine. I adored it.

  • This review is for the book “Welcome to College” by Jonathan Morrow. This book was absolutely one of the most well-written, most useful books I have ever read. I only wish I had read this book ten years ago when I was entering college!

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