Research shows today's college students are more engaged in their studies

Today, many students who attend Christian colleges and universities know earning a degree is more important than ever. Therefore, these individuals are very academically focused, understanding that the knowledge and skills they gain in the process could bring them closer to a job after graduation.

According to the 2011 National Survey of Student Engagement, the average full-time college student spends about 15 hours studying per week. However, this time varies depending on their major. For instance, students who pursue degrees in engineering spend about 19 hours per week studying, while those who major in social sciences and business spend five fewer hours each week hitting the books.

Recently, the Christian Science Monitor said the increase in the time students spend engaged in their coursework represents one of the biggest shifts in higher education. Citing data from a new study by the University of California, Los Angeles, the news source reported that today, about 48.8 percent of college freshmen expect to discuss course material with their peers outside of class, marking an increase from 46.9 percent in 2010.