This may depend on what your OCD focuses on. If it is related to your schoolwork, you may have difficulty accomplishing work in your classes.
For example, if you try to read every source available on a topic to be sure that your paper does not sound as if you are inadvertently plagiarizing someone else’s work, you may spend so much time reading other works that you do not actually complete your paper.
Or, you may fear turning it in because you worry that the professor will think that you stole other writers’ work. Further, if you are obsessive about finding all of the sources for a topic or making sure your work is perfect before you turn it in, you will probably only get one or two papers turned in all semester. That could have an extremely negative impact on your grades.
However, OCD may also have a significant impact on schooling even if it is not related to school work, such as in the case of the following obsession: “Did I turn off my curling iron? What if I did not and the house is on fire?” It is easy to see how this could interfere with your ability to stay focused in class.
You may even leave class just to go home and be sure it is off, or try to call someone to have that person check on the house for you. Some individuals are able to suppress their rituals while they are at school, but once they get home, the rituals may start and last hours. This could interfere with the ability to complete homework or projects in a timely fashion.
You can take several steps to help ensure success in school. First, most colleges or universities have a counseling center. Check to see if any therapists there are specialists in OCD. Be sure you check to see if they use CBT and ERP, because many college counseling centers, unfortunately, do not have many people on staff who do this type of therapy.
If there is no one at the center, then there are probably therapists in the surrounding area of the university who have some training in OCD. Second, if you are on medications, be sure to stay in contact with your psychiatrist, let him or her know how things are going throughout the semester, and schedule periodic visits with the psychiatrist during breaks or holidays for medication checks.
Do the same if you have been seeing a therapist at home. Third, you may want to tell your professors about your OCD so that they are aware that there may be occasions when you will need some extra time to get things completed. Many professors are willing to work with their students to help them be successful in their classes. If you find you are having difficulties with some of your professors, you can always turn to the university ombudsman (a person designated to help with any complaints or concerns) or with the student affairs office, which may have someone who specializes in disability issues.
Finally, you may also need to be open about your OCD with your college roommates so that they are aware of why you do certain things that may seem odd. Let them know how best to respond to your rituals, reassurance-seeking, or avoidance of certain things so that they will not just think you are “weird” or spread rumors about you throughout the dorm.