As the fall 2020 semester wraps up, we wanted to know more about the student experience of learning during COVID-19. We asked more than 14,000 college students from across the country about how pandemic-related changes to education affected their academic performance.

The overwhelming majority of students reported that it was a rough semester, and the coronavirus pandemic negatively affected academic performance.

How Did COVID-19 Affect the Fall 2020 College Semester?

Our survey found that college students struggled with classes during the Fall 2020 semester. The majority of students, 85.4 percent, saw a negative impact on their academic performance. Only 5.5 percent of students say that the learning changes this year benefitted their academic performance.

How did the pandemic affect your academic performance for the Fall 2020 semester?

Conditions negatively affected my performance: 85.4%
Conditions did not affect my performance: 9.1%
Conditions benefitted my performance: 5.5%
There were many changes to the learning environment and education methods this year. Only a small segment of college students reported they were unaffected by the changes or saw performance improvements.

Did college students perform worse during COVID-19?

Student responses were fairly consistent across surveyed freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. Slightly more sophomores reported negative outcomes at a rate that was about four percentage points higher than students in other years.

Who Was Included in This Survey?

OneClass polled 14,712 college students to ask about the Fall 2020 semester during the coronavirus pandemic. Students surveyed include current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

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[Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on the OneClass blog and is reposted here with permission.]