Findings from the UTE!

Of 6,391 eligible, first-time UT students (between 17-19 years), 4,832 consented to participate in the “UT Experience!” study. Most of you completed annual or semi-annual surveys, others completed 1 or 2 surveys, and some of you came to our laboratory for additional studies. Here are some findings from the UTE that you helped us discover!  References are provided for those of you interested in reading more.


The transition from high school to college is accompanied by increased personal freedom and changes in the social environment. As students actively seek out new social groups that match their own personal characteristics, their drinking is shaped by their new peers’ behavior, especially among heavier drinking students. Quinn, P.D., & Fromme, K. (2011). In R.J.R. Levesque (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Adolescence. New York: Springer Science & Business Media, LLC.