Students have increasing confidence they will be protected from COVID by the safety measures in place at their college or university, a new survey has found.
Some 55% of students said they trusted their school’s prevention efforts, according to a November survey by College Pulse. That’s up from the 48% of students who expressed the same confidence in a July College Pulse survey.
However, only about one-third (37%) of students said they would feel comfortable living in a dorm this fall.
Students are most concerned about their classmates not following social distancing guidelines at campus parties. Three-quarters of those surveyed feared such behavior could cause their campuses to shut down.
And while female students are more likely than male students to worry about this (77% vs. 65%), just one in 10 students admitted to having attended a college party during the fall semester.
Slightly more than half of students said they would report a risky party to administrators.
A quarter of students surveyed said rising COVID cases forced their schools to return to full-time online learning after beginning the fall semester with a hybrid approach that let them attend some classes in-person.
And Black students were almost twice as likely as white students to say they had to move out of on-campus housing (27% vs. 14%) due to such a transition.
Just 17% of students who had to leave on-campus housing reported getting a full refund, while 13% got no refund at all.
And when it comes to returning home for Thanksgiving, nearly one-third (31%) of students said they were worried about bringing COVID-19 back to their hometowns.
Career prep concerns
Despite these concerns, a large majority of students (75%) said they remained positive that their major will lead them to a good job after graduation. However, arts and humanities majors are significantly less optimistic than are science majors by a margin of 50% vs. 81%.
Beyond COVID, students are less confident that they will graduate with adequate job interviewing skills. Most students, however, said they would have sufficient collaboration and problem solving skills.