Bringing ADHD to College

Years ago, there was a common belief that most people outgrew ADHD. Most educators and clinicians believed that ADHD did not persist into college years or into adulthood. We now understand that approximately 2/3 of children diagnosed with ADHD will continue to show symptoms of this disorder through adulthood. Now the actuality of kids bringing ADHD to college is well understood. For teens and college students with ADHD there are a number of special considerations when dealing with this disorder due to the academic demands of high school and college. Teenagers and college students are also expected to learn how to manage their lives independently, a skill that is frequently very difficult for individuals with ADHD in their teens and 20s.

Here are some of our favorite websites that can help teenagers and college students in dealing with ADHD:

The University of North Carolina’s Learning Center provides strategic planning for high school students with ADHD transitioning into college. They also provide access to the University’s Division of Student Affairs to determine the possible accommodations available there.

CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) provides young adults with an abundance of resources on how to decide if college is the right choice and how ADHD coaching is beneficial for students.’s ADHD site devotes an entire section to college students with ADHD. There are expert recommendations on study habits, time management, organization and procrastination.

Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities provides detailed information about protecting college students affected by ADHD. Resources are available for incoming college students who wish to receive accommodations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act

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