Colleges and Universities depend on a healthy volume of student enrolment and retention to remain competitive. They provide extra amenities, throw the best frosh week parties, and hire the best teachers for their respective programs. But sometimes, that isn’t enough. Here are 5 main reasons why a student might make the ultimate decision to dropout:
Program isn’t suited to the student
When a student begins their search for post-secondary education, they are limited to a pamphlet outlining prospective schools or a college fair booth full of overly cheerful (and biased) students. This leads them to select a school without a proper handle of whether or not it’s the right fit. For this reason, come Thanksgiving, many students dropout due to classes not being what they expected.
Students may not be mentally prepared to transition from high school
High school doesn’t always prepare or give students a realistic expectation of college. College is a huge transition, new teachers, new school, new standards that the student must reach. High school students tend to be chased for assignments, reminded of deadlines, and ample help is offered to get work done. College on the other hand comes with a new sense of responsibility and independence. The stress of this can cause a student to fall behind, miss assignments and so on, leading to an eventual dropout.
Students get too caught up with social events
When you are entering from high school to college, frosh week is offered to boost morale and help students make friends/get accustomed to their new environment. Despite frosh week’s obvious benefits, many students get preoccupied with continuing this party lifestyle long after frosh week has ended. This can distract them from their studies and cause grades to suffer. This may be a case of sheer will power, but nevertheless can lead students to dropout.
Professors failing to motivate students
We’ve all encountered a class in which the teacher was dull, unenthusiastic, and failed to engage a classroom. It is very likely the success rate of that particular course was quite lower than those courses you enjoyed. A lack of engagement from the teacher could cause a student to lose the motivation to attend class, and be actively involved in their class. When this is the case, students can easily lose interest and decide to dropout for good.
Leave for another school
Depending on the individual, certain amenities, events, and courses will attract a student to move forward with attending a particular school. These preferences could cause a student to be drawn to another school when their needs are not fully being met, or of their social needs are not being met (ie. making new friends).
At the end of the day, schools need to listen to their students wants and needs, and help them feel a sense of community in their new surroundings. This could be as simple as having the cafeteria staff interact with them in a meaningful way – like greeting them by name at each visit (we create solutions that do this).