Culminating Project Title
Date of Award
Culminating Project Type
Higher Education Administration: M.S.
Educational Administration and Higher Education
School of Education
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Keywords and Subject Headings
International students, Background characteristics, Adjustment to college, Student success, SACQ
This quantitative study examined the relationships between international students’ background characteristics, adjustment to college and academic success in the United States. An online survey questionnaire was sent to all graduate and undergraduate degree-seeking international students (935 students) studying in Saint Cloud State University in the spring semester 2016 and 149 (nearly 16%) completed questionnaires were returned. The data was collected using a modified version of Student Adjustment to College Questionnaire developed by Gomez et al. (2014). Independent sample t-test and one-way ANOVA tests were used to study the relationship between students’ background characteristics and five adjustment sub-scales. Multiple and stepwise regression were used to examine the relationship between international students’ academic success and five adjustment sub-scales. The results of the study showed that there were statistically significant relationships between international students’ age, level of education, school of study, region (country of origin), marital status, father’s education, and English language skills with some of the adjustment sub-scales to college. Based on the results of the study it was difficult to find a clear pattern on how the international students’ background characteristics affect their adjustment to college. The results of the study also showed that two adjustment sub-scales significantly predicted students’ success. The results of stepwise regression indicated that 10% of the variance in student success was related to personal-emotional adjustment and social adjustment.
Ahmadi, Ghulam Yahya, "International Students Adjustment to College: The Relationships between Adjustment, Background Characteristics and Student Success" (2016). Culminating Projects in Higher Education Administration. 8.