Graduate Program

College Student Affairs

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

Dianne Timm


A college degree is important because it provides opportunities for graduates to become educated in a field of study that they can start a career in. There is a large underrepresentation of Black male students in higher education. This lack of representation reflects the lack of professional Black men in our society and limits the number of Black role models these men have can look up tot. The purpose of the qualitative study is to identify what influences Black men to attend college and what challenges they may face getting admitted to college. It also examined how these men transition to a predominantly White institution and adjust to their new environments. Results from the study presents influences, challenges, and identifies how the transition to college is experienced by Black men providing a better understanding of they perceived their college admission journey. These results are guides to help professionals within education guide Black men to college.