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A new national survey of freshmen found that 50 percent of them reported feeling stressed most or all of the time and 36 percent did not feel as if they were in control of managing the stress of day-to-day college life. Those reporting feeling unable to control stress were also among those with lower grades. The survey, conducted for the JED Foundation, which works on the mental health issues of college students, was of first-year students in their second semester and taking at least some in-person classes at two- or four-year colleges.

The survey also found that most students (87 percent) said their high schools provided preparation on college academics, but not how to adjust emotionally to college. And half said that they needed to improve their "independent living" skills.