Student Development of Campus Place Attachment

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Shelby C. Allen


This article will examine the psychological process of place attachment as it applies to relationships students develop with college and university spaces. Manzo and Wright (2014) define place attachment as the bond that forms between a person and their physical surroundings. These connections inform an individual’s sense of identity, create meaning, and influence action. During their collegiate experience, many undergraduate students develop positive emotional ties to their campus, specifically those spaces in which they feel a sense of belonging. In contrast, some undergraduate students may never form an emotional bond with their campus, which can lead to feelings of loneliness or homesickness (Scopelliti & Tiberio, 2010). The article will explore the construction of a theory that discusses the developmental process by which students form these meaningful person-place bonds in the collegiate environment.


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Allen, S. (2019). Student Development of Campus Place Attachment. Journal of the Student Personnel Association at Indiana University, 56-64. Retrieved from