Benefits of Out-of-Class Experiences for Students:

  • One author estimates that 70% of student learning in college takes place outside of the traditional classroom.
  • Students involved in out-of-class activities are more positive about their college experience, social life, living environment and academic major.
  • Out-of-class activities contribute to the development of leadership, decision making, and planning skills.
  • The ability of students to establish mature and intimate interpersonal relationships is related to participation in out-of-class experiences.
  • The single most important variable related to the development of social concern and altruistic values is participation in leadership activities.
  • The only factor predictive of adult success, including post-college income, is participation in out-of-class activities.