Study Finds 3 Degrees Separation Between Most College Students; What Does This Mean For Reopening?


(WXIR-Rochester) A college campus--even a large one with tens of thousands of students--can be a "small world."


According to a recent study by two sociology professors at Cornell, the vast majority of that university's 22,000 students are connected to one another by no more than 3 degrees of separation through the classes they take.


The study, "The Small-World Network of College Classes: Implications for Epidemic Spread on a University Campus," was co-authored by Kim Weeden and Benjamin Cornwell, and it was published Thursday in the open-source journal Sociological Science.


WXIR's Darien Lamen recently spoke with Dr. Kim Weeden about the study, and its implications for reopening college campuses this fall.