Graduating on time: One of the biggest concerns for college students today

College students today have a lot on their hands. From getting good grades, paying tuition, to getting a job and a balanced social life, students today are stressed. 

The 2017 Student Life and Technology Survey released by DubLabs, a provider of personalized campus mobile applications, found that all these responsibilities have more than a third of students worried that they won’t graduate on time.

The survey, where more than 500 U.S. college students currently enrolled in higher education participated, reveals potential barriers to graduation and how students are leveraging campus resources to stay on track.

“Our goal was to hear directly from students on what factors they believe might prevent them from graduating, as well as their expectations for how mobile can contribute to their success,” said Chris Hopkinson, chief strategy officer at DubLabs. “Students are clearly concerned about meeting academic demands and are looking for campus apps to help them stay on top of coursework.”

More than a third, a 38 percent, of students surveyed reported being somewhat or very worried that they won’t graduate on time. Moreover,  about 36 percent say that challenging curriculum is their biggest barrier, followed by 27 percent who indicate financial issues.

Image: DubLabs

Image: DubLabs

Interestingly, these results changes when comparing students from 2-year institutions to those at 4-year colleges or universities. Students who attend 2 year programs were more concerns about work / family responsibilities interfering with graduation, than those who attend 4 year schools, who were far more concerned about challenging curriculum.

Image: DubLabs

Image: DubLabs

The survey also found that 52 percent of respondents were concerned that they wouldn’t be able to find a job, and more students were concerned about not finding a job that’s satisfying (42 percent) than finding a job that pays well (39 percent). 

To meet the expectations of today’s students, a recent report by Ovum on trends to watch on higher education, suggests that sustainable strategies supported by the right technology will help improve student success.

With that in mind, the Student Life and Technology survey examined how students are utilizing campus resources, like campus mobile apps. The survey revealed that 75 percent of students agree that their campus mobile app helps them stay on top of course assignments.

Additionally, the survey found that a campus mobile app may have an impact on student experience. About 89 percent of students who use their campus mobile app reported having a positive college experience.

For more information, visit the DubLabs site