The purpose of this study was to explore the differences in academic achievement between American students and international students. A sample of convenience (n=50) was taken from Southern Adventist University. The hypotheses and research questions were used to compare American and international students in the following areas: whether international students had higher GPAs than American students, if gender affected GPA, if parental education affected GPA, and if international students placed a higher value on school than American students. After analyzing the data, no significant relationship was found between any of the variables, but there tended to be a strong difference that neared significant difference between international and American students in GPA (i.e. international students tended to have higher GPA). Results were inconclusive. Future research should use a larger sample and include socioeconomic status as a variable.
Keywords: academic performance, immigrants, immigrant paradox, culture