Entering Student Concerns

Mental Health and Academic Difficulty: Checking In With Our 2021 First-Year Students

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Students entering college in fall 2021 experienced a disrupted final year of high school. COVID-induced distance learning challenged students and required some to take on new responsibilities at home while managing unfamiliar expectations to finish high school. How might we expect their engagement in college to be affected?

Nearly 85,000 new students at 108 bachelor’s-granting colleges and universities completed the 2021 Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement, offering insights into entering students’ high school experiences and their expectations for their first college year.

Online learning, especially in this pandemic, has been very difficult... It's definitely not the college experience I expected.


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