International Journal of Social Policy & Education

ISSN 2689-4998 (print), 2689-5013 (online)

DOI: 10.61494/ijspe

COVID-19 Pandemic: Impact on College Students’ Mental Health

Tony Lee, Dimitra Smith, LaVelle Hendricks, Joyce Miller, Zaidy Mohdzain & Kimberly McCleod


Prior research has drawn attention to COVID related impacts among university students. This article describes findings of a survey, which was administered to a random sample of 359 U.S. graduate and undergraduate students in the College of Education and Human Services at a regional four-year university located in the state of Texas. The summary of findings highlights that the majority of the participants expressed concern, anxiety, and frustration towards the pandemic. More specifically, Hispanic and Black students reported concerns about their health and safety, finances, and mental wellbeing. This article concludes with recommendations for academic institutions and institutional advocates regarding ways to respond to university students, in an effort to ensure their overall success.