The Journal of College Student Development (JCSD) Cover ImageThe Journal of College Student Development (JCSD) is one of the world’s leading journals on higher education. Subscribers include the members of ACPA-College Student Educators International, individuals (subscriptions available through Johns Hopkins University Press), and academic libraries (as JCSD or Project Muse subscribers). JCSD is included in numerous research databases including the Social Science Citation Index, where JCSD is one of only five U.S. and international higher education journals indexed.

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  • View JCSD Accepted Articles - Please note: You must be logged in with your ACPA membership information to view these articles.  These articles are online pre-publications and therefore have not been copy edited.  As indicated, the manuscripts are still in draft form.  Each manuscript posted here will appear in print in JCSD in a future issue, but they are being made available here so that students, practitioners, and researchers can access research findings in a more timely manner.  If you wish to cite these manuscripts at this point, please cite them as "In Press."  Contact our editorial office at with any questions.

If you are interested in submitting a manuscript to JCSD, please see the Submissions section page above. Please contact us via e-mail or if you have any questions about the Editorial Manager system or the manuscript submission process in general. 

Charles L. Lewis served as the first editor of JCSD (then known as the Journal of College Student Personnel) from 1959 through 1964. During its history, JCSD has been led by ten editors and 25 associate editors.

JCSD receives approximately 400 full-length manuscript submissions per year.  Our acceptance rate is around 10%. JCSD receives national and international manuscript submissions from a wide range of academic fields including student affairs, higher education, sociology, psychology, social work, nursing, business administration, and health sciences.

Submissions to the Journal must be masked to facilitate blind review (please refer to the Submissions link and the Guidelines for Authors) and are reviewed by at least two Editorial Board members and the Editor. Approximately 50 Editorial Board members with extensive scholarly expertise and experience in a number of fields review manuscripts for JCSD. Board members are chosen for three-year terms through a nomination and application process (please refer to the Editorial Board link). The ACPA Governing Board selects the JCSD Editor via a nomination and application process.

Debora L. Liddell, Editor 
Journal of College Student Development
Department of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies
University of Iowa