The yearly rate of students considering withdrawing continues to climb, with emotional stress the main culprit. Those who fare best: students who report supportive faculty and peers as well as access to adequate campus resources.
West Virginia University and Marshall University presidents E. Gordon Gee and Brad D. Smith signed a joint letter publicly opposing the bill, suggesting campus carry should be decided by the schools' Board of Governors—not the state.
The report surveyed over 5,000 students and almost 2,500 college instructors and found that 53% of students are having trouble retaining class material, 55% of undergraduates are struggling to stay interested in their classes, and 66% of instructors find it challenging to keep students engaged.
Data indicates that students in certain college towns have higher levels of stress than others. The University of California in Berkeley, CA, for example, is known for its reputation as the "workaholic" UC campus, thus making it the most stressed college town in the U.S.