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One-Quarter of College Students Worry About Completing

July 13, 2018

Roughly one-quarter of current college students think it will be difficult to finish their degree programs, according to the results of a new survey from Civitas Learning, a student success company, and the Center for Generational Kinetics, a research firm focused on young people.

The survey was conducted in April and May and received responses from 1,545 undergraduates who were enrolled in four-year institutions or community colleges. Leading the list among students' greatest perceived challenges to getting to graduation were time management (36 percent), anxiety (35 percent), being overwhelmed managing responsibilities (31 percent), study skills (25 percent) and working too many hours (24 percent). Respondents also cited housing security (12 percent) and food insecurity (8 percent).

Students reported feeling most confident turning to an academic adviser for help, compared to friends, family or other college staff. Yet roughly a quarter of respondents said it had been six months or longer since they met with an adviser, and 3 percent reported never having met with one.

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Paul Fain

Paul Fain, Contributing Editor, came to Inside Higher Ed in September 2011, after a six-year stint covering leadership and finance for The Chronicle of Higher Education. Paul has also worked in higher ed P.R., with Widmeyer Communications, but couldn't stay away from reporting. A former staff writer for C-VILLE Weekly, a newspaper in Charlottesville, Va., Paul has written for The New York Times, Washington City Paper and Mother Jones. He's won a few journalism awards, including one for beat reporting from the Education Writers Association and the Dick Schaap Excellence in Sports Journalism Award. Paul got hooked on journalism while working too many hours at The Review, the student newspaper at the University of Delaware, where he earned a degree in political science in 1996. A native of Dayton, Ohio, and a long-suffering fan of the Cincinnati Bengals, Fain plays guitar in a band with more possible names than polished songs.

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