Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Reader/Committee Chair

Shon, Herbert


Social anxiety can have consequential effects on college students’ academic performance. Many students’ college experiences will involve some levels of anxiety. However, social anxiety is very distinct from natural anxiety. Considering the effects of social anxiety in a college setting, there are students whose grades can decrease due to non-performance in specific class activities or unfortunately discontinuing school. This research project desired to identify if social anxiety indeed affects college students’ academic performance. This study utilized a quantitative design by providing existing social anxiety scales to students through email and social media platforms. Within this design, three analyses were used: Independent samples t-test, One-Way ANOVA, and Pearson r Correlation Coefficient. The findings of these analyses did not support the hypothesis of this study, however results showed that in the sample more college students do not experience problems with social anxiety while in college and there is no correlation between college students’ GPA and social anxiety. Limitations of the study and suggestions for future research are discussed.

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