Most students entering college in fall 2021 have had a disrupted high school experience. COVID-induced distance learning challenged students academically, technologically, and mentally. The pandemic required some to take on new responsibilities at home while managing unfamiliar expe ctations to complete high school. Following a distressing senior year, these students are now coming to college.
Optimism and Weariness: Students Entering College in Fall 2021 are Mentally Exhausted, but Eager for a Campus Experience
Results from the Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE), administered by the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research, offer some insight into entering students’ high school experiences and their expectations for the coming year. More than 33,000 students, who just completed their senior year in high school and are now beginning college at one of 52 bachelor’s granting colleges and universities in the United States, completed BCSSE between May and August 2021.