2021-2022 Schedule


Unfortunately, this seminar is canceled. 

Friday, January 28, 2022
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Dr. Janice McCabe
Associate Professor of Sociology and Allen House Professor, Dartmouth College

Title: How College Friendship Networks Matter: Comparing Institutional Types

How do friendships matter socially and academically during college? What happens to these friendship networks after college? In my book Connecting in College, I examine 82 students’ friendships over 5 years, finding three types of friendship networks: tight-knitters, compartmentalizers, and samplers. Using new data from a comparative case study of three campuses, I examine and compare the friendship networks of 95 college students. I investigate between and within institution differences and similarities in their friendship network structure and how friendships matter socially and academically during college. I also investigate stability and change in their network type during the transition to life after college.

Janice McCabe is Associate Professor of Sociology and the Allen House Professor at Dartmouth College. Her research focuses on inequalities, identities, and friendship networks in higher education and into young adulthood. She is the author of Connecting in College: How Friendship Networks Matter for Academic and Social Success (University of Chicago Press, 2016).