Students entering college are exhausted, but eager for a campus experience, survey results find

Most students entering college in fall 2021 had a disrupted high school experience. COVID-induced distance learning challenged students academically, technologically and psychologically, and the pandemic required some to take on new responsibilities at home while managing unfamiliar expectations to finish high school. Following a distressing senior year, these students will soon enter college.

Results from the Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE), administered by the Center for Postsecondary Research, offer insight into entering students’ high school experiences and their expectations for the coming year. Current findings, dynamic visual displays and more information explaining the results are available online.