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Residence hall climate: Predicting first-year students' adjustments to college

Author(s): Kaya, N.

Citation: Kaya, N. (2004). Residence hall climate: Predicting first-year students' adjustments to college. Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 16(1), 101-118.



This study investigated the relationship between residence hall climate and students' adjustment to their collegiate environment. A web-based questionnaire was administered to first-year students living in coeducational residence halls at a public university in the southeastern United States. The results revealed that group cohesiveness in residence halls was significantly related to students' college adjustment. In addition, high degrees of personalization in a residence hall room and less disruption by noise were significantly related to students' attachment to their institutions. Practical applications of these findings are discussed and future research areas are identified.


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