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Campus Only Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts



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David Day

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In this paper I will be exploring the differences between collegiate student-athletes and collegiate non-athletes, and in particular, how each group’s reactions to stress, anxiety, and motivation affect their academic success/achievement. Previous research has dedicated time evaluating the factors that contribute to the academic success of college students in general, but rarely has it distinguished between the factors for athletes versus non-athletes. Other researchers have studied how student-athletes differ from the rest of the student body, in terms of added demand and stress by their participation in sport, but also how their motivation has changed. I plan to integrate both of these topics and take a closer look at how stress and anxiety affect college students versus college athletes, and also how their motivation for academic success/achievement differ.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.