2020-21 Covid Impact

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is not something that can be easily measured. The impact for UNCG residential students has been great. From changing class formats, to more restrictive visitations policies and less students on campus, living on campus in the 2020-2021 academic year posed several challenges. Coupled with the financial impact to students and their family members, social distancing requirements, and a general sense of concern that many within the US experienced, UNCG residential students were impacted greatly.

To better understand the student experience, UNCG Student Affairs Office of Assessment and Housing and Residence Life surveyed UNCG students in the Spring of 2021. Housing and Residence Life was specifically interested in knowing how residential students were impacted compared to students living off-campus. Some of the key findings were:

  • Residential students were more likely to report higher levels of belonging, connection to the institution, and the ability to connect with peers.
  • Residential students were more likely to report they completed at least 12 credit hours in Fall 2020.**
  • Residential students were less likely to report unmet financial needs or financial impact related to the pandemic.**
  • Residential students were less likely to report mental health impact related to pandemic (stress/anxiety, depression, loneliness).**

** Statistical Significance .000 level

Housing and Residence Life strives to create environments for residential students to thrive. A major component of this work is to help student develop personal connections within the residence hall and an overall connection to UNCG. Despite the impact of COVID-19, we were able to see these goals realized.

Key Findings – Excerpt:

Top 20 Responses: How students used Cares Act funds
Top 20 Responses to how students used Cares Act funds