Survey of American College Students: Friendship and Romance on Campus

Survey of American College Students: Friendship and Romance on Campus

We asked: About how successful do you feel that you have been in making friends at your college? There were six possible responses: 1) No Answer 2) Not at all successful 3) Not as successful as l as I would like 4) Moderately successful 5) Rather successful 6) Very successful

Of the entire sample, 27. 23% gave answer 4 (moderately successful), and 27.14% selected 5(rather successful) while 21.05% chose answer 6, (very successful). 20.52% chose either 2, Not at all successful, or 3, Not as successful as I would like.

For participants who were 20 years old or over, there was an inverse relationship between increasing age and answer 6, very successful. Age 20 participants chose 6) at a rate of 28.48%, age 21 at 25.30%, age 22 at 24.00%, age 23 – 30 at 17.17%, and over-30 (oldest) at 6.02%. However, the over-30 group selected 4) much more often than the other age groups, at 43.37%. The age-22 respondents came in second with this response, at 27.20%. In general, students over age 30 tended to be much more social isolated than others, as were students aged 23 to 30.


This unique study presents the results of a representative sample of 1,065 full time US college students drawn from 4-year colleges in the United States about their evaluation of their success in forming friendships and romantic relationships on campus. The 67-page reports gives detailed data on how well students think that their colleges have done in fostering student social relations on campus, and how well that they have done individually in forming attachments in college. A significant body of research points to success in social relations as a key element in college admissions and retention strategy and in overall life success for college students. This report gives college administrators detailed benchmarking information about how college students experience and evaluate social relations at their college, and their view of how their college fosters, or not, those relations.

Table 1.1 About how successful do you feel that you have been in making friends at your college?
Table 1.2 About how successful do you feel that you have been in making friends at your college? Broken out by age of survey participant
Table 1.3 About how successful do you feel that you have been in making friends at your college? Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin
Table 1.4 About how successful do you feel that you have been in making friends at your college? Broken out regional origins of the survey participant
Table 1.5 About how successful do you feel that you have been in making friends at your college? Broken out by college year class standing

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