The COVID-19 pandemic served college students a year like no other--here's how they're struggling with academics and mental health

Here are 4 ways COVID impacted college students


Top 10 of 2021: The COVID-19 pandemic served college students a year like no other--here's how they're struggling with academics and mental health

Each year, we share our 10 most-read stories. Not surprisingly, many of this year’s Top 10 focused on student support, retention, the post-pandemic campus, and online or hybrid teaching strategies. This year’s Number 1 most-read story explores COVID’s true impact on students.

For nearly a year, college students across the nation have navigated a roller coaster of unexpected changes and shifts in learning and living situations as COVID-19 continues.

New research from Hobsons and Hanover Research notes that “it’s more important than ever for higher education leaders to deepen their understanding of the challenges college students face so they can step in to help when needed.”

While many college students feel supported to some extent, others have pointed to ways their instructors and institutions can improve.

In addition to presenting key findings about the reality of college life today and challenges students face now and in the future, the report also demonstrates how the results have long-term implications for higher-ed leaders, faculty, and anyone with a role in student success.

Four ways COVID has impacted college students

1. The pandemic is negatively impacting college academic success. Students report decreased focus, engagement, and impact on their overall learning experience. Seventy-one percent say they struggle to stay focused on school work and 52 percent say they struggle to complete coursework. What’s more, 40 percent struggle to even attend class.

Laura Ascione