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Desire for Diversity: Exploring Black Students' Expectations and First-Year Experiences at a Predominantly White Institution

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Through the lens of Schlossberg’s (1981) transition theory, the purpose of this study was to explore whether Black students’ first-year transitional experiences at a PWI aligned with their expectations that facilitated their choice to enroll in this particular context. Since prior research unanimously confirms that the first year is the most stressful year of students’ transition into higher education and the most decisive for degree attainment, it is important to learn more about the collegiate experiences of Black students, specifically after choosing a PWI over a HBCU. Despite some challenges, Black students' expectations for a diverse environment were met, they intentionally sought out Black communities, and the institution supported their transition.