Postsecondary education has become an important mechanism to expose students to a variety of cultures and perspectives. One of the most influential ways in which undergraduates become exposed to a variety of perspectives is through their first-year roommates. This research seeks to explore the following question: “Do students of different faiths develop a greater sense of personal openness towards the religious groups to which their roommate(s) belong?”.
As emerging young adults, sustained exposure to differing perspectives cultivates our abilities to think critically and work collaboratively, translating to further social gains as we enter the professional world. Analyzing the implications of this research will allow for a stronger understanding of the extent to which random undergraduate housing pairings lead to social multipliers.