The Benefits of Living on Campus for Low-Income, First-Generation Students’ Belonging, Perceptions of Campus Climate, and Resilience

Soria & Roberts / Journal of First-generation Student Success / August 2021

The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of living on campus for first-year, first-generation students from low-income backgrounds. Using propensity score matching techniques with Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership survey data (n = 642) drawn from four-year colleges and universities, the authors found that first-year, first-generation students from low-income backgrounds who lived on campus had a significantly higher sense of belonging, a more welcoming perception of campus climate, and higher resilience compared to a group of matched peers who did not live on campus.

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