According to “Underachievement among college student” by Megan Balduf, nearly 50% of college students are not academically prepared (Balduf, 2009). Students entering college appear to underestimate how much time college academic take for-a full week of classes: an average of 48 hours is spent on sleeping; an average of 46 hours is spent on academic such as class, lab, and studying; an average of 24 hours is spent on media: watching television and listening to music; an average of 13 hours is spent on student groups such as: extracurriculars and volunteering (Quadlin & Rudel, 2015); With an increase of unpreparedness and poor time management skills, the average of student retention rates from freshman to sophomore year for public 4-year colleges ranged from 66 to 70% between 1983 and 2006(Renzulli, 2015). Students lack with effective study strategies and strong time management skills are 3 times more likely to become relatively uninvolved in campus life and they have the lowest probabilities of spending time on academics and students group activities (Quadlin & Rudel, 2015). Statement of the Problem Through previous studies, we see the significance of strong time management skills and strategies for study play in the student’s academic success. As stated in the statistics and percentages show that lack of time management skills and strategies for study are very common experiences of first-year college students that enrolled in the college. In addition, poor self-control increases the likelihood of students dropping out, placing on academic probation, and changing schools. Therefore, creates barriers to their access to maintain a high GPA in the postsecondary study. Purpose of the study The purpose of this study is to highlight the unpreparedness in education for first-year college students. Therefore, prevents the increase of poor time management and underachievement by implementing more support systems and programs for first-year college students to help them maintain a balanced lifestyle and aim for a high GPA. Many studies have been done on students who placed on academic probation and the importance of establishing positive programs and support systems to help them learn to become effective with their time and academic study. While these studies continue to show positive impacts that these programs have on students who placed on probation, not enough studies have been done to the same for students who work, and able to maintain a high GPA. More research needs to be done to capture these students’ habits and practice of time use. Significance of the study With an increase in poor time management and underachievement, this has become a social issue on micro and mezzo level. Without strong time management skills and strategies for study, first-year college students are more likely to be at risk of dropping out, placing on academic probation, and changing schools. With these affecting students negatively, issues occur such as wasted investment, family conflict, limited career options, and lower earning potential. The significance of this study will increase awareness about barriers that first-year college students experience in college: lack the preparation, desire, discipline or ability to succeed academically. In addition, this study gives insight into interventions, especially in the area such as counseling and advisement to decrease the barriers. This study will not only help our society to end the reoccurring cycle, but children will benefit substantially by having these skills and strategies, whether it be in school or workplace. By implementing more programs for college students and encouraging them to utilize services and seek out for help, we will see a decrease in both underachievement and poor time management.