College Student Homesickness: An Overview

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The concept of homesickness in college students has likely been around for as long as students have been leaving home to go to college. However, there are no universally accepted definitions. Few measures of homesickness in college students exist. Little research has been conducted connecting homesickness directly to the experiences of college students and their academic success, and those that have been done are typically limited to a single campus. This note explores the concept of homesickness in college students using response from a national survey of over 25,000 first-year college students from nearly 30 institutions in the United States.


Key Questions:

  1. What is homesickness?
  2. How prevalent is homesickness in first-year students?
  3. How is homesickness related to the first-year student experience?