50 Best Good Luck in College Messages and Quotes

Here is a list of the 50 best Good Luck in College messages and quotes to send off the new graduate with plenty of encouragement and excitement.

#1 College life can be overwhelming, especially when you combine studying with housing issues, getting food, and all the stuff of daily life. Don’t forget to keep some balance! Make sure to stay healthy and it will all work out. Good luck with the new academic year. You’ll do great!


#2 You’re an amazing, dedicated student, and I’m sure you’ll achieve great success this year as a college student. Many challenges are coming, but I know you can handle them all! Call me if you ever have a question. I can help!

#3 How exciting that you are finally headed to college! Make sure you have time for fun and friends but don’t neglect your studies. I wish you the best of luck this year, but you won’t need it! Just try hard, stay focused, and you’ve got this!

#4 It might not seem obvious but throwing yourself into your studies will pay off in big ways down the line. So make sure you knock it out of the park, which I know you will! But, don’t miss the fantastic lifelong relationships you can make in college, as well. Good luck with your first year of college!


#5 Going away to college can be a bit scary, but you’ve got nothing to be afraid of. There are tons of people going away to college for the first time, just like you. People will be helpful when you are lost on campus…because that happened to them, too! People will be friendly…because they once were trying to make new friends, too! It’s going to be great! You are going to grow as a person more than you ever have. Break a leg!

#6 You’ve done the hard part because you’ve been accepted into college! Now, just take it step by step and you’ll be fine. Roll up your sleeves, be ready to dive into some serious work, and ask for help as often as you need it. People will want to help, and professors want you to succeed (after all, your tuition pays their salaries!). You can do anything you put your mind to. I can’t wait to hear about your achievements and good luck with your first year!

#7 Even if it gets tough, keep moving forward. There are little tricks in the system, like dropping tough classes before they get on your record. Make some friends, learn the tricks, study really hard, stay healthy, and don’t get into trouble. You can handle this. And don’t forget, I’m only a call or a text away. Good luck with your first year of college!


#8 Congratulations on starting a new chapter of your life! One day when you are older, you will look back at this time of your life and realize this is a huge turning point for you. The subjects you study and career you are heading towards, the friends you make and keep, the life experiences you choose to have or choose not to have…your options are limitless! Breathe in the freedom of endless choices and life paths. Explore. Think. Be you and seize the day! I can’t wait to hear all about it!

#9 People say that you never have to work a day in your life if you love what you do. That is the same for studying. It becomes fascinating and thought-provoking when you are interested in the subject. You can form study groups that end up being a lot of fun. I hope you explore and find an academic area that gets you excited (but will also make some money as a job). I know you will rock. Have a great year at a university and good luck!

#10 Everyone will tell you to study and work hard. Yes, do that. Definitely. But don’t forget some time to explore who you are and who you want to become. Meet lots of people from all over the world and all walks of life. Spend time talking and sharing perspectives. Find a new passion for life and for the fire that burns within you. Stay safe and stay healthy. Good luck during your first year of college!


#11 Exploring the world starts with leaving your home and spreading your wings. Congrats on starting your first year of college. It is an exciting time when you have your whole life ahead of you with lots to discover in carving your own life’s path. Take full advantage of this time to mold and shape the “you” of the future! I believe in you!

#12 Here’s to spreading your wings and flying out of the nest! Don’t worry, you’ll be fine. There will be a lot to figure out at first, but you will settle into the hectic life of college and find your groove. You’re going to love it. Good luck!

#13 You’re now independent. You have freedom. But responsibilities come with that freedom. Focus on your studies and keeping all the other balls in the air. Call me for any reason. It will be a little overwhelming at first, but you will find your way around, you will get the hang of things, you will make friends, and you will make memories that last a lifetime. I wish you good luck, but I don’t think you will need it!


#14 I’m very proud of you for getting into the college of your dreams! You’re a real warrior. Keep your spirit high, your eye on the prize, and there’ll be no stopping you. Good luck with your first year. You’ve got this.

#15 Here’s to new aspirations and achievements! Don’t let anything limit you and aim for the best. Good luck in your new life as a college student. The whole world is open to you right now! You’ve got this!

#16 It is that time to get back to the books again. But this year is a huge milestone for you as you head to college. I believe in you and know you will do well, academically, and socially. Stay safe and healthy and enjoy college to the fullest! You’ll do great!


#17 The world is your stage, and here’s your first performance! Don’t worry, it’s going to be great. Keep up with your studies and good luck in your first year of college!

#18 And we’re back in the game! Congrats on going to college! It may be tough, but you’re tougher and you’re going to ace it. Good luck, and don’t forget to have fun as well. You’ll do great!

#19 Going to college for the first time is always exciting. All the new courses, new professors, and new friends. Stay safe and healthy, have fun, and take lots of pictures! Congratulations on this important milestone in your life and good luck!


#20 This is a time of big transition. You may be overwhelmed. You may get homesick. But you will overcome it. These things will pass, and you will settle into college life, studying fascinating subjects and meeting people that are so interesting because they are so different from you. Stick with it. Call me when you need someone to talk to. I am always here. You will be fabulous!

#21 I wish you the best of luck as you head off to college. Changing the world starts here, so make it count. Good luck with your studies!

#22 Good luck in starting college! Pursue your goals, pay attention to your studies, and build your bright future, brick by brick. Wishing you the best!


#23 They always say that college is your ticket to life, and I’ve found that to be entirely true. Don’t forget, you’re building your future right now. The focus of your studies and the grades you get are going to pave the way for the next steps in your life. Good luck with your endeavors in the new academic year!

#24 Congratulations on starting college! I bet you thought high school parties were fun, right? Well, just wait (but stay safe)! Don’t forget to study, too, champ. Good luck!

#25 If you’re not excited about college yet, you should be. Give it your best shot, and you’ll see all your efforts rewarded. It’s a real ticket to life. Good luck with your first year!

#26 You worked very hard to be here, and I’m thrilled about you starting your first year of college! Enjoy the student life and grab every chance to try something new. Good luck with this milestone adventure! I believe in you!

#27 Run instead of walking. Do more instead of doing less. Meet more people. Meet different people. Focus on sucking the marrow out of college life. Stay physically and emotionally healthy. These are the keys to your success in college. I believe in you. Good luck with your first year. You’ve got this!

#28 In college, you will have a pretty heavy workload, but just take it one at a time and work through it all. Make your list and check off the work as you go. Keep climbing the college ladder a little at a time and before you know it, you will have graduated! You have what it takes and a lot more. I wish you the best of luck this academic year. Knock ‘em dead!

#29 I believe in you, champ. Wishing you the best in a new academic year. You’re a star, but don’t forget to put in the work to maintain your stellar reputation. Good luck. You can do this!

#30 Now that you’re going to college, you can really show people your incredible intellect. Good luck in your first year of college and be sure to use your potential to the fullest. You’ll do great!

The Most Famous Quotes to Include with Your Good Luck Message for Starting College / University

“Carpe diem. Seize the day (boys). Make your life extraordinary.”
John Keating, Dead Poets Society

“The world’s mine oyster, which I with sword will open.”
William Shakespeare

“People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates.”
Thomas Szasz

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”
Warren Buffett

“What is the recipe for successful achievement? To my mind there are just four essential ingredients: Choose a career you love, give it the best there is in you, seize your opportunities, and be a member of the team.”
Benjamin Franklin Fairless

“Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them.”
William Arthur Ward

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste it, to experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, “Wow! What a ride!”
Hunter S. Thompson

“Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by.”
Robert Frost

The Best Bible Verses to Include with Your Good Luck Message for Starting College / University

Joshua 1:9
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Isaiah 41:10
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Psalm 28:7
The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.

Psalm 73:26
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Deuteronomy 20:4
For the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.

Isaiah 40:29
He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.

Romans 8:28
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

1 Peter 5:7
Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

Psalm 18:31
For who is God, but the Lord? And who is a Rock, except our God?

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Good Luck in College Messages and Quotes

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