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Guided by the theoretical assumption that college life is a culturally situated, symbolic process of interaction between students and various others, this qualitative study attempts to explore how minority students’ home culture, which is different from the dominant college culture, helps them make sense of their college experiences. The respondent interviewing method was used to obtain Hispanic students’ responses to questions that allow them to share their experiences, which were centered around student-professor interactions. A total of 112 Hispanic college students from a comprehensive university in South Texas participated in the study. Results confirmed the significance of examining minority students’ college experiences in light of their home culture as they indicated that student experiences were strongly influenced by their Hispanic cultural values. In this study, suggestions for improving Hispanic college experiences are provided.


This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Latinos and Education on August 15, 2023, available at:

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Journal of Latinos and Education


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