A third of US students have considered withdrawing from programs in the past six months, poll finds

Students currently enrolled in colleges across the United States have considered withdrawing from their degree program for a semester or more in the past six months, according to a Gallup poll, the global analytics and consulting firm.

The poll found that one-third or 32% of students pursuing a bachelor’s degree considered making such a decision in 2021, similar to the percentage in 2020 (33%), Erudera.com reports.

According to the Gallup report, a moderately higher percentage, 41% of students pursuing an associate degree, have considered ending their program in the past few months.

“Associate degree students are also about as likely to say they have considered retiring (41%) as they were in 2020 (38%)” read the report.

Further, he points out that among racial and ethnic groups, multiracial students are the most likely to have considered leaving university, with 55% of undergraduates and 48% of undergraduates planning to do so in the past few years. last six months.

The students said the main reason they considered withdrawing was emotional stress. The majority – 76% of students pursuing a bachelor’s degree and 63% of associate’s degree students considered it because of the emotional stress they were experiencing at the time.

In addition to emotional stress, other reported reasons include cost of attendance (36% of undergraduates and 31% of undergraduates) and course difficulty (34% of undergraduates and 24% of undergraduates) .

Many students cited the difficulty of classes as the reason they considered ending their studies, which Gallup says reflects the impact the pandemic has had on students.

“Course difficulty is also more frequently cited as a reason for quitting in 2021 than it was in 2020. In 2021, the percentage of baccalaureate students who say it was a major reason they were considering to quit rose 17 percentage points to 34%,adds the report.

Similarly, the percentage of associate’s degree students saying the courses were too difficult increased by ten points from 2020 (14%) to 2021 (24%).

Reasons related to COVID-19 have been less reported among bachelor’s students since 2020, with 33% of bachelor’s and associate’s degree students, respectively, citing COVID-19 as a reason for considering withdrawing from their program of studies.

Other reasons cited by bachelor’s and associate’s degree students include:

  • Health reasons not related to COVID-19 – (20%, each)
  • Most interested – (15% of undergraduates, 14% of undergraduates)
  • The education received was of poor quality – (14% of bachelor’s students and 9% of bachelor’s students)
  • Child Care/Caregiver Responsibilities – (12% of bachelor’s degree students, 22% of associate’s degree students)
  • Graduation was taking longer than expected – (12% each)

The results of the Gallup and Lumina Foundation State of Higher Education 2022 report are collected based on online surveys conducted during the period November 19-22 last year.

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