Educational Administration, Department of


First Advisor

Corey Rumann

Date of this Version



Grant, B. D. (2020). Perceptions of stress and coping in traditional-age first-year college students (Master's thesis). University of Nebraska Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska.


A THESIS Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Arts, Major: Educational Administration, Under the Supervision of Professor Corey Rumann. Lincoln, Nebraska: April 14, 2020

Copyright 2020 Bridgett Grant


This qualitative research study examined the perceptions of stress and coping in traditional-age, first-year college students. This study sought to form an understanding of the participants’ lived experiences relating to stress and coping throughout their first semester of college. Five participants’ were separately interviewed twice for the purposes of data collection. The findings from the data analysis process showed that these first-year college students experienced stress as a result of new and challenging academic expectations while also trying to navigate interpersonal relationships. Further, participants’ in this study experienced stress as a result from interacting with social media. These traditional-age, first-year college students also utilized various coping strategies to deal with the stressors in their lives. These coping strategies included both effective and ineffective techniques. Recommendations are offered for student affairs professionals and areas for future research.

Adviser: Corey Rumann