Students with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) often face new academic challenges when they enter college. Changes from the structure of living at home to the independence of living away from home‚ and from the support provided in high school to the expectations in college can be overwhelming for new students.
The impact of ADHD in the higher education environment may include difficulty maintaining attention to tasks; sustaining attentive listening; organizing‚ planning‚ and completing tasks; and a tendency to be distractible. In addition‚ there may be issues with restlessness‚ rapid thought processes‚ and difficulty maintaining a receptive posture. With medication and behavioral strategies‚ students can generally learn to compensate for these symptoms and are able to focus and process information competently‚ although additional time to complete tasks may continue to be necessary‚ depending on the circumstances.
It is important for students with ADHD who are preparing to enter CSULA to register with the Office for Students with Disabilities soon after acceptance. The OSD can play a vital role in providing students with information‚ resources‚ and support to improve their efforts in making these transitions and completing their educational degree programs.
Students must provide current documentation of their diagnosis to the OSD and schedule an appointment to discuss their accommodations needs. See ADHD documentation guidelines for more information.