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Does It Matter Where College Students Live? Differences in Satisfaction and Outcomes as a Function of Students’ Living Arrangement and Gender
The Journal of College and University Student Housing (2014)
  • Larry D Long, Michigan State University
The purpose of this study was to compare the experiences of students residing in on-campus housing with those of students residing in fraternity/sorority housing, specifically to explore the differences in academic success, alcohol use, and perceptions of the living environment as a function of students’ living arrangement and gender. The researcher sampled 772 respondents from the aggregate results of five institutions that administered the ACUHO-I/EBI Resident Assessment and the AFA/EBI Fraternity/Sorority Assessment during the 2009—10 academic year. Differences by living arrangement and gender were tested using a rank-based factorial analysis of variance. The results revealed several significant differences. Implications for practice include encouraging students to review their academic behaviors, promoting active engagement within residence halls, establishing improved safety measures in fraternity and sorority houses, promoting academic engagement in fraternities, and reducing the prevalence of alcohol use in fraternities and sororities.
  • College Students,
  • Residence Hall,
  • Fraternities,
  • Sororities,
  • GPA,
  • Alcohol
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Long, L. D. (2014). Does it matter where college students live? Differences in satisfaction and outcomes as a function of students’ living arrangement and gender. The Journal of College and University Student Housing, 40(2), 66-85. Retrieved from