Department Chair

Kimberly A. Kline Ph.D.

Date of Award


Access Control

Open Access

Degree Name

Student Personnel Administration, M.S.


Higher Education Administration


Amy Wilson, Ph.D.

First Reader

Amy Wilson, Ph.D.

Second Reader

Kim VanDerLinden, Ph.D.

Third Reader

Kimberly Kline, Ph.D.


The purpose of this study was to examine the influence of Living-Learning Communities on first-year students at a large Mid-Atlantic university. Students were asked to complete the Career Decision Self-Efficacy Scale and the Academic Major-Fit Scale in the beginning of their first semester in college, and then again mid-way through their second semester. The final results included 21 participants. No significant difference in career decision self-efficacy was found from the pre-test (prior to their experience in the living-leaning community) and the post-test. Two factors of perceived fit in the Academic Major-Fit Scale did show significant increases. These were academic major commitment, and academic major satisfaction. The results suggest that Living-Learning Communities do not directly aide students in their academic or career development.