This week, surveys highlight college students’ desire for mask and vaccine mandates and also provide an update on their mental health, vaccine mandates expand, fewer Chinese students are studying in the U.S., and a new major is growing in popularity across the country.
Two new surveys indicate that college students at two- and four-year colleges overwhelmingly support mask and vaccine mandates on campus.
Speaking of mandates, The Ohio State University announced on Tuesday that Covid vaccines are required for all students, faculty, and staff returning to campus this fall. This decision makes OSU one of the first large public institutions to institute a vaccine mandate beyond students. The announcement comes after the FDA granted full approval for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for those 16 and older.
As college students move in across the country, they may have an opportunity to fill out the Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE), administered by Indiana University. Early results show that incoming freshmen are feeling “mental and emotional exhaustion” due to the pandemic. However, the results also indicate that students are eager for a return to a “normal” college experience.
Chinese students have traditionally made up the largest group of international students studying in the U.S. However, due to the pandemic and strained political relations between the U.S. and China, the number of Chinese students studying in the U.S. is shrinking. Chinese applicants for this upcoming year shrank 18% according to the Common Application.
As more states legalize marijuana, colleges across the country are adding programs in cannabis studies to focus on all areas of the industry. Professors report increasing demand from students, and colleges are taking note.