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39th Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience

S. Nicole Jones
Jennifer Ann Morrow
University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Student retention and persistence is an ongoing concern for college and university administrators. While there are many possible predictors of student retention and persistence, sense of belonging among First-Year students was the focus of this quantitative study. The researcher surveyed First-Year, first-semester college students enrolled at the University of Tennessee during the fall 2019 semester to determine if there is a difference in sense of belonging levels among first-generation and non-first-generation students. Housing situation and other demographics were also examined for differences in sense of belonging.