Publication Date

Spring 2024

Document Type



Counselor Education

First Advisor

Dr. Ahmet Can

Second Advisor

Dr. Patricia Robey

Third Advisor

Dr. Leonis Wright


Achieving higher education goals and becoming acculturated to the social and economic values of the U.S. is critical for the success of immigrants. According to a survey by the Pew Research Center, immigrants are estimated to account for 93% of the nation's workforce population growth over the next three decades (Pew, 2013). However, much of the existing empirical work on postsecondary outcomes among immigrant youth mainly focuses on the challenges and deficits faced by this group, as well as differences between racial/ethnic categories. This This emphasis might potentially mask within-group differences (e.g., ethnic/regional variations) that arise from unique pre- and post-migration contexts and experiences. This study proposes to focus on the protective factors that lead to the successful trajectories of immigrants in higher education. A special focus is placed on under-represented immigrants (e.g., Latino/a, Asians) enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs across Illinois. This study will provide an exploratory investigation of the variables that have contributed to the successful matriculation of immigrants in higher education, including family involvement, grit, acculturation, academic persistence, and sense of belonging to the institution and overall subjective well-being. This study proposes to utilize and multiple regression design to predict the contribution of the variables in understanding their individual and collective contribution to success in undergraduate and graduate school.