Date of Graduation

Spring 2017

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science


Exercise Science - PrePhysical Therapy

Research Sponsor

Laura Richardson

First Reader

Melissa Smith

Second Reader

Rachele Kappler


The purpose of this study was to explore factors that may predispose college seniors to pre-hypertensive or hypertensive blood pressures. This study was done by taking students' blood pressures and administering a self reported survey to all participants asking about predisposing factors. Results indicated that none of the students tested exhibited hypertensive blood pressures, but five of them had pre-hypertensive blood pressures. Factors that seemed to correlate with the pre-hypertensive students included commute time, having changed majors during their college career, alcohol consumption, hours worked per week and post graduation plans (or lack thereof).