Month/Year of Graduation


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)



First Advisor

Marshall Kole


The World Health Organization defines mental health as “a state of mental well-being that enables people to cope with the stresses of life, realize their abilities, learn well and work well, and contribute to their community” (“Mental Health,” 2022). Risk and protective factors can be used to predict mental health outcomes. Both positive and negative outcomes can be predicted, respectively. The categories of these include individual, relationship, community, and societal. When examining college students, it is most reasonable to study the relationship and community factors. This study examined whether living on or off campus impacts predicted mental health outcomes in college students. Researchers hypothesized that those living on campus would show a higher probability for positive mental health outcomes. Participants responded to an eight-question Likert matrix in which they responded if they agree or disagree with prompts related to mental health. Surveys were split up based on the student’s living conditions. A significant difference was found between the two conditions, with those living on-campus showing a higher average mental health probability score. The results of this study, considering the limitations and future outcomes, can be used as another foundational piece for future research regarding mental health in students of all ages and living conditions.