I am assuming that you just graduated from high school for you to read this or going back to college after a long hiatus and forgot everything about it. Well, I’m not going to talk about how stressful college life is, although it is. In this post, I’m going to tell you about those basic materials that you’re going to need in your first day of class.

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First off, Attendance is a must on your first day. Why? Aside from meeting your professors and classmates, it is important to know your professor’s name. Why you ask? Because some professors include questions like “What is your professor’s full name?” they give this question either as a bonus question or a part of the items. Don’t laugh because I experience this one almost every semester in almost every subject. Anyway, let’s not talk about that and proceed to the TOP 5 materials you’ll need.

Top 5 materials you need in your first day


  1. Index Card – You’ll need this one as a requirement. The professor will ask you to pass an index card (1 whole, ½, 1/4, or 1/8) with your information like name, address, guardian’s name, contact numbers and so on.
  2. Registration Card – Always bring this one. This will serve as proof of your enrollment. Some professors ask for this and some actually take the time to sign it so this one is very important.
  3. Yellow Paper – Sometimes, in the absence of index card or if the professor didn’t require an index card, they will just ask you to write your contact details in a yellow paper. Sometimes, if the professor didn’t call out for the attendance, you will be asked to sign in a yellow paper to prove that you attended the class that day.
  4. Notebook and Pen – obviously, duh. I know I don’t need to remind you guys about this one because it’s common sense but admit it, you often forget about this.
  5. 1×1 picture – This is not a very common requirement but a lot of professor ask for this and put it the seat plan so they will be able to recognize you.


That’s about it actually. Good luck on your first day in college!

Disclaimer: All materials listed above are only applicable in Philippine Universities and Colleges. I’m not sure how it is done abroad.