Insider spoke to students at the University of Alabama, University of Michigan, and the University of Missouri on why they made the decision to leave their campuses shortly after moving into dorms.
The students had hoped for a traditional college experience but felt they were at risk while on campus.
The students pointed to campus parties, a lack of rules, and inadequate testing as to why they decided to head back home.
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Editor’s note: Some of the students who spoke to Insider for this article asked to go by their first names only in order to speak frankly.
Before Chloe even moved into her dorm room at the University of Alabama, she was already searching for a way out.
The freshman had heard rumors of “COVID parties” in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She was familiar