Alex McSwain


This poster reflects research conducted as part of a course project designed to give students experience in the research process.



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Alcohol consumption is a lifestyle choice embraced by the majority of students on most college campuses. According to the Princeton Review (2016), the University of Dayton (UD) is the number two institution in the nation based on the amount of beer consumed by students. If alcohol consumption is such a key aspect of the student experience, this begs the question on how students who abstain from alcohol consumption perceive their sense of belonging on campus. By sampling a specific portion of the population at UD (undergraduate, White, domestic, full-time, residential, male students), the experiences of seven students were collected and analyzed through personal interviews. Themes were identified, looking at factors that contributed or detracted from the students’ sense of belonging on campus. One of the greatest contributing factors to these students sense of community and belonging came from their experience and involvement with campus ministry. Overall, most students expressed a satisfactory experience at UD although abstaining from alcohol consumption, at times, did make them feel out of place among their floor or residential community.

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Project Designation

Course Project - Graduate

Primary Advisor

Savio D. Franco

Primary Advisor's Department

Counselor Education and Human Services


Stander Symposium project, student affairs, School of Education and Health Sciences

Am I Part  of the  Community?  Perceived “Fit” of Non-Drinkers at the University of Dayton