The University Network

Editorial Guidelines

Thank you for writing for The University Network. Our core mission is to enlighten students while helping them navigate their higher education path, and your contribution is essential to help us fulfill our mission.

We are looking for two kinds of content: (i) resource articles that are helpful to students; and (ii) news articles related to students, higher education or any of the great efforts happening at University Campuses designed to make the world a better place.

Resource Articles

We don’t have a hard-and-fast rule about format or the length of the content, but resource articles, ideally, should be between 800 and 3,000 words in length. For clarity, you should break up the article into sections and use subheadings. 

We would love your contribution on any of the following topics:

  • College Prep: This section is meant to help students prepare for college, so appropriate topics include the admission and application process, useful checklists to navigate college, picking the right major, and advice for international students.
  • Paying for College: We want to help students find a way to pay for college, which has been getting more and more expensive. So, if you have any advice on financial aid or student loans, we would love your contribution. 
  • Student Budget: Help us help students save money! We welcome submissions on helping students save every day as well as when they travel.
  • College Life: Share your stories or advice on college freshman year, living on campus, extracurricular activities (school clubs, volunteering, sports etc.), and the college social scene.
  • Academics: For this section, study tips and insights on handling the academic life are always welcome. If you have any story or advice on studying abroad, we welcome that as well. 
  • Career: This section is meant to help students land an internship or a job upon graduation, so share your career insights. Topics include advice on internships and careers, resume tips, and interview tips.
  • Online Education: If you have experience of, or insight on, online education, we would love it if you would share it with our student audience. 

News Articles

Our news coverage highlights the incredible things happening every day at universities around the world in the areas of sustainability, technology, health and wellness, and advocacy on key humanitarian issues. We strive for fair, balanced, unbiased and factually accurate news stories.

The right number of words for news stories is the one that tells the story perfectly. 

We use AP Style for our news stories.

If you are an academic, we would love to hear from you about these topics:

  • Earth: This section covers topics on alternative energy, reversing climate change, conservation and biodiversity, food security, clean water initiatives, sustainable agriculture, pollution, recycling, and university efforts to make a positive change on campus. 
  • Future: Topics for this section include artificial intelligence, robotics, virtual reality, blockchain, 3D printing, CRISPR, scientific methods to promote wellness, and security and privacy.
  • Health: We welcome submissions on the science behind a healthy mind and a healthy body, healthy relationships, nutrition, and exercise.
  • University Focus: For this section, we welcome stories about people making a difference (especially students), higher education’s most pressing issues and challenges, and testing and admissions trends. 

Guidelines

Before you submit your article(s), please keep these guidelines in mind. 

1. Your article(s) should be unbiased and must not contain inappropriate, explicit, derogatory, or otherwise offensive language. We reserve the right to censor offensive language or decline the submission.

2. Please give credit where credit is due by linking to all sources that you mention in your article(s). For example, if you mention a study or research, be sure to link to the study abstract, the full text of the study or university sites (preferred method), or a secondary source that is reputable like The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, TIME, or CCN. If you use quotes from another person or a book, be sure to use quotation marks and cite your source.

3. Your article(s) must NOT be promotional in nature or endorse any product or service (including essay-writing services). So, don’t publish any article for which you received payment from a third party, or include any links to a product or service in your post. Your acceptance of products or services, such as meals, gifts, and flights, from people or businesses in exchange for being mentioned in your post would violate TUN’s policy. And undisclosed payments for media coverage would violate not just TUN’s policy, but also the Federal Trade Commission rules on deceptive advertising. Be sure to disclose your relationship, if any, to a client or party you are writing about. 

However, you can link to your website or blog in your bio.

4. TUN will publish only articles that are relevant to our core topics (as listed above). If we determine that your writing is not relevant, we reserve the right to decline it. 

5. We may change your headline at the time of publication — or even after publication, occasionally — to optimize your article(s) for searches.

6. If you use third-party text, photos, videos or other content, you must have permission to use it. And all third-party items must be published in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.