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The Importance of Relationship Building on Campus

DID YOU KNOW that college students who form meaningful connections with others on campus are more likely to persist in school and continue toward graduation? More importantly, establishing relationships within the first two to six weeks of class is especially critical, as it can positively impact students’ level of campus involvement and academic achievement [1,2,3] . Whether you’re a first-year or returning student, a staff or faculty member, or you’ve stumbled upon this blog post later in the semester, there are plenty of opportunities awaiting you to connect with someone!

Benefits of building relationships

Have you ever looked around campus and thought to yourself, “I don’t fit in here”? Many students feel this way if they haven’t yet developed a community of their own. Connecting with other peers, faculty, and staff however, can enhance the sense of belonging and support that you feel at Rutgers-Camden. Finding someone who shares your same interests, culture, or major can expose you to people, events, and activities that you never knew existed. Other reasons to prioritize making connections on campus?

Where to Begin:

If you’re wondering how to go about building these relationships and reaping some of the benefits, here are some simple ways to get started:

Why Not Start Now?

Try introducing yourself at least one new peer, one professor, and one staff member within the next week. Exchange Instagram handles, email addresses, phone numbers or business cards to stay in touch. It’s never too late!


  1. 1. Levitz, R., & Noel, L. (1989). Connecting students to institutions: Keys to retention and success. In M. L. Upcraft, J. N. Gardner & Associates (Eds.), The freshman year experience (pp. 65-81) Jossey-Bass Publishers.
  2. 2. Pascarella, E., & Terenzini, P. (1992). Designing colleges for greater learning. Planning for Higher Education, 20, 1-6.
  3. 3. Upcraft, M. L., & Gardner, J. N. (1989). A comprehensive approach to enhancing freshman success. In M. L. Upcraft, J. N. Gardner & Associates (Eds.), The freshman year experience (pp. 1-12) Jossey-Bass Publishers.