Date of Award

Spring 5-22-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



First Advisor

Jennifer Mueller

Second Advisor

Eun-sil Lee


The research reported here examines if one’s immigration status has an impact on what highest educational degree a student expects to receive. This study uses data from the Children of Longitudinal Study (CILS) with 1,443 respondents attending eighth and ninth grade in public and private schools at Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and San Diego, California. Respondents’ parents also participated in this study, in which they were asked about their highest completed educational degree and educational expectations for their child. I hypothesize that students who have a U.S. citizenship status will be more likely to expect higher educational attainment than students with non-U.S. citizenship status. Findings reveal that there is no statistically significant relationship between one’s citizenship status and a student’s educational expectations. Results also indicate that parent’s educational attainment and expectations for their child have a stronger impact on a student’s educational expectation than a student’s own immigration status.

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