Your Typical College Freshman: How They Really Feel and How You Can Help

Do you remember what it was like to be a college freshman? A new city or state to navigate. Meeting new friends. Exploring new subjects. Paying tuition bills. Eating ramen. Getting your assignments in on time… It is an extraordinarily exciting time in most students’ lives, as they begin to grow and form their own opinions and worldviews. It can also be overwhelming, stressful and a difficult process to navigate without support, from family, or higher ed institutions.

The Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) of UCLA recently released statistics from this generation of college freshmen. The results were compared against a survey conducted with freshmen classes from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. It probably comes as no surprise that the various cohorts’ experiences differed greatly decades apart, and in turn, the study was able to produce some telling insights into how higher education has developed and what is still to come for American universities and colleges.

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