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Education Research International
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 272030, 6 pages
Research Article

Predictors of Academic and Social Success and Psychological Well-Being in College Students

Department of Psychology, Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, NY 14222, USA

Received 29 March 2012; Revised 17 September 2012; Accepted 23 September 2012

Academic Editor: Yi-Shun Wang

Copyright © 2012 Jill M. Norvilitis and Howard M. Reid. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The present study utilized 217 student participants to examine academic, circumstantial, and personal predictors of four categories of college success. Although study skills were most important in predicting grade point average, other factors, including parental encouragement of intellectual curiosity during childhood, ADHD symptomatology, appreciation of the liberal arts, and varying motives to attend college, were also predictive of success, as indicated by measures of academic adjustment, social adjustment, and satisfaction with life. The results replicate previous research indicating that study skills, ADHD symptomatology, and motives to attend college are predictors of various measures of college success and extend prior work by establishing a relationship between college success and two additional variables, parental encouragement of intellectual curiosity and the correspondence between student and institutional values.