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Promoting Academic Persistence Among Racial/Ethnic Minority and European American Freshman and Sophomore Undergraduates: Implications for College Counselors


concerning this article should be addressed to Sharon Robinson Kurpius, Department of Counseling Psychology, Arizona State University, 446 Payne Hall, 1000 South Forest Mall, Tempe, AZ 85287 (e-mail:


Factors influencing persistence decisions among 346 racial/ethnic minority and 813 European American freshman and sophomore undergraduates were explored. Gender and racial/ethnic differences were found in centrality and public regard of racial/ethnic identity. Perceptions of the university environment and self-beliefs predicted persistence decisions for everyone. Suggestions for college counselors working with students exhibiting risk factors for academic persistence are presented.