Predicting transition and adjustment to college: Biomedical and behavioral science aspirants' and minority students' first year of college

Sylvia Hurtado, June C. Han, Victor B. Sáenz, Lorelle L. Espinosa, Nolan L. Cabrera, Oscar S. Cerna

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The purpose of this study is to explore key factors that impact the college transition of aspiring underrepresented minority students in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, in comparison with White, Asian students and non-science minority students. We examined successful management of the academic environment and sense of belonging during the first college year. Longitudinal data were derived from the Higher Education Research Institute's (HERI) 2004 Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) Freshman Survey and the 2005 Your First College Year (YFCY) Survey. Using a reformulation of the integration model (Nora, Barlow, and Crisp, 2005), we find concerns about college financing, negotiating family support and responsibility, and campus racial dynamics (perceived and behavioral) affect student adjustment and sense of integration in the first year.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)841-887
Number of pages47
JournalResearch in Higher Education
Issue number7
StatePublished - Nov 1 2007
Externally publishedYes



  • College adjustment
  • First year of college
  • Science education
  • Sense of belonging
  • Transition
  • Underrepresented minorities

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  • Education

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