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I'm part of a group at my college that is looking at out of state students and what we could do to increase retention and help with their transition to a different environment. I personally have my own experience as an out of state student but thought it was cool if I posted on here to see what other parents thought (doubt many current students check this site). We are planning on having focus groups of out of state students next semester and are trying to come up with discussion topics or questions we could ask.
That being said, if your son or daughter went to college out of state,
1. What do you think was the most difficult thing about their transition? What do you wish you would have known or thought about before choosing a college away from home?
2. Is there anything the college could have done more to help?
3. Anything that you thought the college did well that helped with their transition?