Pregnant in College? A Guide for Young Women

If you are pregnant and still in school, you may be feeling scared and alone. You may feel like you are the only college student this has ever happened to, or that you cannot tell anyone the news. If you have just started college, or are lacking transportation from campus, you may not know where to go for help.

It is important to know that you are not alone. Each year, more than 2 million college-aged women – those who are 18-24 – become pregnant. Over 4.8 million undergraduate college students are raising children today, but the chances of finishing school while parenting are not as strong. In fact, unplanned births account for about 1 in 10 dropouts among female students at community colleges.

Because pregnancy in college is so common, there are many places you can turn for help. There are healthcare facilities that offer medical and emotional support. There are support groups – both in person and online – for women who have faced unplanned pregnancy. Finally, there are adoption agencies that can help you learn about your options as a college student.

Once you have absorbed the news of your circumstances, you can begin to consider your options. You may not have planned this pregnancy, but you have the power to make a positive outcome for your baby and yourself. You may choose between the three possible outcomes of pregnancy: parenthood, termination, and
adoption.

If you are a college student who is facing an unplanned pregnancy, continue reading. In this guide, we will share important information about your options and available support.

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