After the Freshman Bubble Pops

More colleges try to help their sophomores thrive

Woe are the sophomores, higher education's middle children. Their freshman frolic has given way to daunting challenges. They are anxious and confused. They must declare majors, take weed-out classes, and decide whether to study abroad. They feel pressure to plan for internships and careers, and to figure out who they are and where they are going.

They have succumbed to the "sophomore slump," a 50-year-old diagnosis that still