ERIC Number: EJ1227393
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Close Campus Friendships and College Student Success
Bronkema, Ryan H.; Bowman, Nicholas A.
Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, v21 n3 p270-285 Nov 2019
Friendships are widely considered to be an essential part of life in college and beyond. The existing literature on college friendships, academic achievement, and student attrition is mixed, which may occur as a result of varying ways of defining friendship. This study adds to an understanding of these dynamics by examining both the number of close campus friends as well as the emotional connection students have with these friends within a large, multi-institutional sample. Multilevel analyses found that both of these attributes of campus friendships are positively and significantly related to six-year graduation rate, whereas only the number of close campus friends significantly predicts college grade point average.
Descriptors: Friendship, Academic Achievement, Emotional Response, Graduation Rate, Grade Point Average, Undergraduate Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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