Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Honors Thesis



First Advisor

Dr. Katherine Novak


Drinking on college campuses is a primary concern of university staff, administration, law enforcement, and parents. In a study that evaluated the normative perceptions about college life and alcohol use with 147 college freshmen, normative perceptions of the college experience were evaluated with their relationship to drinking behavior. Researchers surveyed the residential, incoming freshmen class about their perceptions their first night on campus and followed up with these students on their behaviors after a full semester on campus. Researchers aimed to pinpoint a relationship between the expected student role, the typical student role, and the campus climate. It was hypothesized that each of the aforementioned measures would be significant predictors of drinking behaviors in students. While both the expected student role and typical student role were found to be significant predictors, the campus climate had seemingly no effect. The data suggests that overall campus impressions are not as significant to the student in terms of their behaviors, and any attempt to establish programs on drinking behaviors should be centered on specific and direct norms that are related to the students.