Study shows 60-percent of college students unprepared for transition

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Your soon-to-be college kids might not be as ready for that next chapter as you'd hoped.

Sixty-percent of college students wish they had been more prepared for the transition from high school.

That's according to a national Harris poll released last week.

Not being prepared can make it difficult to build positive relationships, adapt to new environments and control negative emotions.

The study found that the majority of first-year students feel under-prepared emotionally for college,which can have a significant impact on parents, teachers and students.

That can result in a lower GPA, time off from school, and even substance abuse.

Forty-five is the percentage of college students who feel like everyone's got it figured out but themselves.

Saint Mary's College administrators are trying to change that.

"Every student has a mentor, from one of the upperclassmen, in addition to an academic advisor who probably is also one of their professors," said Diane Fox, Director of student success at Saint Mary's College.

That statistic is according to a study released by the Jed Foundation, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and the Jordan Porco Foundation.

It polled 1,500 first-year students, and might make you think twice about whether your kids are ready for college.

"They don't know how to negotiate with roommates; they don't know how to negotiate through having three tests in one day. So they're struggling a lot to figure out how to manage all of that," said Karen Johnson, Vice President of Student Affairs, Saint Mary's College.

Over half the students polled reported it difficult to get emotional support in college, and even more alarming…50-percent of students say they feel stressed most, or all of the time.

So what can you do to ready your kids for the next step?

Start giving them more responsibility in high school, so the transition isn't so shocking.

"I think often growing up parents want to make sure their kids succeed all the time and don't face a lot of failure and heartache, ans so they make it easier for them to succeed, but when they get to college they have to suddenly let them do things on their own," said Johnson.

"Parents can enable, empower their children, by making them responsible for their homework, teaching them to approach their teachers for help, doing their laundry, making sure they have all of those skills when they drop them off at school," said Fox.

Saint Mary's also increased its number of counselors from two to three this year.

Both administrators I talked to say they see about 80-percent of first-year students use the counseling services at some point during their freshman year.

Also in the study results...87-percent of the students polled reported that in high school there was more emphasis on being academically prepared for college, and not so much emotionally.

But like both Saint Mary's administrators said, if you're not emotionally ready, that's what's really going to affect your grades.