Meghan Mettling



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Constantly connected to one another via various forms of technology, Millennial generation of students interact with one another in new ways, which represents a challenge and an opportunity for higher education professionals to reach out to students and help them to connect to campus and to one another. The purpose of this quantitative study is to find out how first year Millennial students at a mid-size private institution used social media during their first semester on campus to connect and form relationships with peers, faculty, and staff in the campus community. Data was collected via a survey sent to a random sample of first year residential students. Data analysis showed a positive correlation between students who used social media to connect to others in the campus community during their first semester and a positive social adjustment to college.. Higher education practitioners may use the results of this research to design new and innovative practices for connecting electronically with first year students during the college transition process and increasing second year retention rates.

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Graduate Research

Primary Advisor

Nasser Razek

Primary Advisor's Department

Counselor Education and Human Services


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#TrendingNow: Social Media Use and its Effect on First Year Millennial Students Interpersonal Relationships during College Transition