This study seeks to examine the relationship between networks of social relationships (social capital), and academic achievement (grade point average). It provides an introduction of the topic, relevant definitions and a brief literature review of supporting studies. The survey research presented in this study was taken from a convenience sample of the University of New Hampshire students (N=471). The study found that there were statistically significant results at the 0.01 alpha level supporting the existence of this relationship. Overall, there was a positive relationship between students that took more classes with friends as well as students that were involved in extracurricular activities/organizations and their GPAs. This study concludes by summarizing the research findings, presenting clear limitations, and highlighting key areas of implications for future research. Overall, this research supports the idea that higher levels of social capital are beneficial to a student’s academic performance.
"Effects of Social Capital on Student Academic Performance,"
Perspectives: Vol. 12, Article 3.
Available at: https://scholars.unh.edu/perspectives/vol12/iss1/3