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  • Cyrus Beschloss

Pressing pause on the college experience




Coronavirus swept students from campuses this March as America absorbed the full impact of the coronavirus. Since then, colleges have been monitoring COVID’s “surge, sink, surge, settle,” and blueprinting their plan to bring students back.

Now, students are trickling back onto campus in formats from “Zoom class from your dorm,” to full-on, in-person instruction.

The big questions:

Will students come back?

Will they follow protocol?

What will things look like?

o Dorms?

o Sports?

o Classrooms?

o “Parties?”

Our latest findings suggest things will look different. They imply there is potential for success in safely re-opening, with some key warning signs.

Enrollment: 22% of current college students say they are not attending college this Fall.

• Most of whom are working full-time in the interim.

Work: 27% of students lost their job this summer.


COVID compliance: 58% say they will not notify their school if someone breaks campus safety protocol.

• Though, 83% say they plan to comply with COVID protocol. We will monitor this statistic.

Sports: 77% say their college should not participate in football and other fall sports given the risks.

Below are the complete list of key findings:

Key findings:

College Reaction/Axios Poll | n=798 | August 16-17

27% of students lost their jobs this summer


22% are not enrolling in college this Fall


83% say they plan to adhere to college's complete COVID-19 protocol (we're going to track to see if they actually stick to their prediction).


77% say their school shouldn't participate in football and other sports this Fall

Of those living on campus, 58% say they will not notify their school if someone breaks campus safety protocol