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The transition to college is a new and exciting time in a studentâs life. However, it may also become increasingly stressful due to rapid changes, new experiences, and added responsibilities. Friendship has been found to influence how well a student adjusts to college life, but the influences of individual aspects of friendship are not well understood. This study examined the effects of friendship on college adjustment as indicated by overall satisfaction and academic achievement. Results showed that experiencing more social support and acceptance was associated with better academic adjustment. In addition, it was found that overall adjustment is associated with factors such as amount of acceptance, academic performance in school, the degree to which one is connected to home, and how much social support is provided by friends.

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Jackson A. Goodnight

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The Effects of Social Support on Adjustment to College