Dropping out is upsetting for everyone concerned – for the student, for you as a parent and for the institution. Wageningen University is committed to limiting the drop-out rate as far as possible. That said, if dropping out is unavoidable, it's best done in the first year. The consequences are far greater in subsequent academic years.
As a parent, please understand that students are responsible for their own academic success. They are expected to seek help or assistance themselves if necessary. If you notice that something is wrong with your son or daughter, encourage him or her to contact the study advisor as soon as possible. For more information visit weblog.wur.nl/universityguideparents and click on the 'Studying' tab.
Our goal is to support students in their personal and academic development. Lecturers, study advisors and student deans play an important role in this. We also strive to keep drop-out rates to a minimum.
Close contact with lecturers
Wageningen University structures its study programmes in such a way that students spend many hours at the university. They attend lectures and practical seminars and carry out assignments in groups. In this way, students maintain close contact with their peers and their lecturers. The lecturer-student ratio at Wageningen University is 1:15, which is the highest ratio in the Netherlands.
Study advisors for every programme
Each programme has its own study advisor. In addition to personal contact, he or she also provides curriculum-specific study advice. The small-scale nature of the programmes, the contact hours and the personal contact with fellow students, lecturers, and study advisors all help to give Wageningen University the highest graduation rate in the Netherlands.
A study advisor serves as an important source of information for students. The advisor meets students for the first time during the introduction week, after which the students receive their timetables and book lists. All first-year students will have an introductory meeting with their study advisor by January. During this meeting, they will discuss their study progress and personal issues, if desired. Students can also make an appointment with their study advisor if they need it. The primary role of the study advisor is to get the most out of the student; these advisors are not solely intended for students who are struggling academically. Strong students can also make an appointment for advice on developing a better academic learning attitude, for example. The students themselves are ultimately responsible for their own programmes, but good support can go a long way.
Wageningen University offers many programme options. The study advisor can play an important role in this as well, by providing information about specialisations and internships abroad.