As parents we worry. Are our kids ready for college? Are they academically prepared? Are they socially ready? Are they independent enough to live without us?
A Harris poll conducted this spring (See Infographic Below) by The JED Foundation, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, and The Jordan Porco Foundation looked at the experience of over 1,500 freshmen.
The results were surprising.
- Fully 60% of the students surveyed wished they had received more emotional preparation in getting ready for college.
- Half of students found it challenging to get emotional support at school when they needed it.
- Those students who felt less prepared for college had lower grades and were more likely to rate their college experience as “terrible.”
- Students overwhelmingly felt that the emphasis in high school was on being academically rather than emotionally ready for college.
- The majority of students said their relationship with their parents had improved since going to college, and that they apprised their parents of their academic progress and well-being.
Yet, “50% of students reported feeling stressed most or all of the time and 36% did not feel as if they were in control of managing the stress of day-to-day college life.”
This Report, THE FIRST-YEAR COLLEGE EXPERIENCE: A look into students’ challenges and triumphs during their first term at college, gives a great deal of detail (in easy to read color graphics) on today’s college freshmen and they challenges they face.