Date of Award

January 2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Nutrition & Dietetics

First Advisor

Desiree Tande


Students’ food preferences may change and develop while attending college. These changes could have an impact on their nutritional health during enrollment and after graduation and, as an extension, their disease risk and overall health. College students living on or near a campus are a convenient population to provide health and nutrition education. A cross-sectional, secondary analysis was completed on NCHA-ACHA health survey data from one public, Midwestern university. Survey questions relating to dietary behaviors were included in this secondary data analysis. Females were more likely to report higher intake of fruits and vegetables compared with males. Fruit and vegetable intake varied by perceived health in college students. No significant relationship was found between year in school, age, or living situation and reported fruit and vegetable intake. This study adds to the body of research regarding the dietary behaviors of college students. Future research could elaborate on the relationship of fruit and vegetable intake and health perception.