Date of Award


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Degree Name



Department of Sociology

First Advisor

Dr. K.S. Murty


This thesis is an examination of factors which inhibit Black junior college students from pursuing bachelor's degrees. Sex, age, family, students' attitudes and extraneous factors were examined in order to determine the extent to which they helped to explain the specific factors that inhibit Black junior college students from continuing their education beyond the Associate of Arts degree. The sample was comprised of fifty-nine respondents, thirty-seven females and twenty-two males. Twenty-five of the participants were the head of their household and thirty-four lived with parents, friends, and relatives. All respondents were between the ages of seventeen to thirty-two. The respondents for this study were selected from both DeKalb College and Atlanta Metropolitan College. The findings showed that there was no relationship between friends and plans on transferring to senior college by Black junior college students. However, a significant relationship was found between family influence and educational plans and between extraneous factors and plans on transferring to senior college.