In 2012, law enforcement made an estimated total of 12,196,959 arrests nationwide. Among those arrests were 29,800 criminal incidents involving college students. College often feels like a different plane of existence because the education system and dormitory housing disguises the reality of colleges being places of business. Therefore, when a young college student performs a criminal act such as getting into a fight or drinking underage, they're often surprised when the result is an arrest rather than a visit to the dean's office as the case would often be in high school.
College is a rite of passage for many in the United States. For most students, it is the first time they are away from their families, left to their own devices to learn how to manage their time, finances, and extracurriculars.