Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Departmental Honors


Languages, Philosophy and Communication Studies


On-campus student housing at any university has the opportunity to positively impact student experiences. This exploratory study looks at how frequency of interaction with the Resident Assistant (RA) and interaction with the residence hall community, sense of community, social self-efficacy, and academic self-concept correlate with academic success. This study is intended to show the effect the Resident Assistant has on students' academic and social experiences in apartment-style housing. Therefore, this study also looks at how variables are related to each other in order to give Resident Assistants a better understanding of their sphere of influence in a community. The relationships between these variables are partly facilitated with an understanding of the Symbolic Interactionism perspective. This theory states that how people view themselves influences how they interact with others and react to ideas, concepts, objects, etc. Results show positive correlations between the number of interactions with the community and sense of community and also between GPA and academic self-concept. What was unexpected was the moderate negative correlation between GPA and sense of community. Further work should be done to flesh out the connections between variables.

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Communication Commons



Faculty Mentor

Brad Hall

Departmental Honors Advisor

Matt Sanders

Capstone Committee Member

Jennifer Peeples

Co-Faculty Mentor

Lisa Guntzviller