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ERIC Number: EJ906630
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-1542-3077
The Impact of Key Factors on the Transition from High School to College among First- and Second-Generation Students
Smith, William L.; Zhang, Pidi
Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, v22 n2 p49-70 2010
This study proposed to describe and understand the transition experiences of first-generation college students in comparison to second-generation college students by examining the frequency of activities linked to the transition process and the helpfulness of these behaviors for students at a medium-size state university in the Southeast. Parents, friends, high school teachers and guidance counselors, college professors and academic advisors, college orientation programs, and first-year seminars play a role in facilitating students' transition from high school to college. The study found that key factors (those listed above) reduced the generational effect but certain control variables including high school GPA, receipt of a scholarship, and an academic ethic make the most difference in college GPA and quality of transition to college. (Contains 4 tables.)
National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. University of South Carolina, 1728 College Street, Columbia, SC 29208. Tel: 803-777-6229; Fax: 803-777-4699; e-mail:; Web site:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A