Students should be prepared for college workloads

For many students, balancing the responsibilities of college with family obligations, work commitments and general time management can be very stressful. Some people find that they simply cannot cope, and leave school before earning a degree.

According to The New York Times, a report that is due to be published by Complete College America suggests that although enrollment figures are rising, the number of graduates is barely moving. Discrepancies in federal statistics mean that part-time students, or those who transfer credits to another college, have become largely unaccounted for.

"We know they enroll, but we don’t know what happens to them," Stan Jones, president of Complete College America, told the newspaper. "We shouldn’t make policy based on the image of students going straight from high school to college, living on campus, and graduating four years later, when the majority of college students don’t do that."

Data from the Pearson Foundation indicates that as many as one in six students enrolled in a community college degree program either drop out, or consider leaving school, within the first few weeks of beginning their studies. More than 74 percent of those who dropped out did not discuss their plans with a student adviser.

If you are considering applying to college, make sure you discuss your plans with a college admissions advisor. Ask lots of questions, and try to manage your expectations realistically.

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