Graduate Research Papers


Graduate Research Paper (UNI Access Only)


Despite an increase in Latino/as enrolling in higher education, there is a low percentage of Latino/a first-generation college students (FGCS) who graduate college. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of specific factors on the academic success, sense of belonging, and overall well-being of Latino/a FGCS. The study found that Latino/a FGCS face unique challenges because they may have fewer resources and connections. Latino/a FGCS often feel a sense of isolation in predominantly White campuses and may struggle with multiple marginalized identities such as low-income status, being a person of color, and being a first-generation college student. A sense of belonging and social support is crucial for student persistence and success. The results suggest that understanding factors that contribute to their success and well-being is essential in developing tailored programs and services to support Latino/a FGCS and improve their chances of graduating college. Policymakers and higher education staff and faculty can take steps to prepare for the rise of Latino/a students and better support and provide services for them.

Year of Submission


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Health, Recreation, and Community Services

First Advisor

Julianne Gassman

Date Original


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