Schools are trying new ways to keep waitlists down as more students seek counseling, but officials should be diligent when working with outside partners.
More college students are seeking mental health counseling, stressing institutions’ already-strapped services.
Visits to campus counseling centers climbed 30% to 40% between the fall of 2009 and the spring of 2015, according to the Center for Collegiate Mental Health. Enrollment, meanwhile, grew just 5% during that time.
That has helped push the ratio of counselors to students to around 740:1 at the smallest schools and 2,000:1 at larger colleges, according to a survey of more than 570 institutions by the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD).