That's a great question and I am so glad you are thinking about this ahead of time! College was such an amazing experience for me and I met some of my closest friends during my college years.
Here are some tips I would recommend but there is really no wrong way to branch out and make friends (as long as you are open and receptive)!
- Attend orientation (if your college offers one) - My school offered an overnight orientation program before the first semester began. Initially, I was skeptical that an overnight stay would be very beneficial, but it actually made such a huge difference and took a lot of the anxiety off of the first day on campus. During the orientation, student volunteers did tours of the campus, pointed out the different cafeterias/dining halls, allowed us to guest-sit in one of the popular classes, and most of all, the school match us up in different groups of new freshmen admits (and gave us tips on signing up for classes).
- Stay in a dorm - Personally, I loved staying in a dorm my freshmen year and just being around everyone who is trying to make new friends!
- Join a club - Another way to get to know new people and branch out is to join an on-campus club. There are so many different clubs for different interests. I joined a club geared toward Business majors, and through the club, I was able to not only make new friends, but I receive lots of guidance and tips from more senior classmates who were in the same major.