First-year college students may have problems coping with their academic workload and social demands, getting used to living on their own and without parents, choosing academic and personal interests, dealing with roommate issues and feeling isolated. Other common issues include mental and physical health issues, time management problems, financial struggles and problems adjusting to college-level coursework.
First-year students particularly encounter problems due to the new demands they face away from home for the first time and the difference between the difficulty of high school and college coursework. Students may have trouble fitting in with those around them and may feel isolated if they can't make friends or discover their interests. Students may lack money if they are paying their way through college or can only work part time. Those who work may have trouble balancing their school work with their jobs.