Date of Publication

Spring 2011

Document Type

Undergraduate Project

Professor's Name

Emily Dane-Staples


Previous studies have found that physical activity is associated with greater academic achievements among students. However, it remains unclear whether associations are present in both aerobic exercise and anaerobic exercise. The purpose of this study was to examine the associations between aerobic exercise, anaerobic exercise and academic outcomes in college students. Data was drawn from a survey administered to undergraduate students attending St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY. Students were asked to self record the type of exercise they participate in as well as their academic grade point average (GPA). The data collected was measured using two statistical models: first, two separate regression analyses with GPA as the outcome and either aerobic or anaerobic exercise as the predictor; second, a multiple regression where GPA is the outcome and both aerobic and anaerobic exercise are the predictors. The three measurements will be used to determine which form of exercise is most beneficial to the students’ academic achievements. After comparing the results of the survey, it was determined that there was no significant difference between the type of physical activity that students participated in and their GPA.