Predicting school sense of community: Students perceptions at two catholic universities

Todd L. Bottom, Joseph R. Ferrari, Elizabeth Matteo, Nathan R. Todd

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Understanding the factors that predict sense of community (SOC) among college students has important implications for higher education policy and practice. The present study determined whether perceptions of inclusion and religious pluralism across 2,199 university students' (1,442 women, 757 men; M age=23.42, SD =7.84) at two Catholic universities predicted levels of school sense of community (SSOC). As expected, results indicated that perceptions of both inclusion and religious pluralism significantly predicted SSOC. However, mixed results were found regarding the interaction of university setting with inclusion and religious pluralism. Limitations and future directions for research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4-14
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Catholic university
  • innovative and inclusive
  • religious pluralism
  • school sense of community
  • students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology

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