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In an effort to better understand the patterns of life stress sources, stress reactions, and perceptions of control over life situations of college student-athletes, a battery of three self-report instruments were administered to 400 male and female student-athletes at a medium size, land grant university. Responses from 263 individuals on the Campus Stress Questionnaire, Levenson's locus of control questionnaire, and the Sport Competition Anxiety Test, indicated that the student-athletes perceived they experienced significantly greater amounts of overall life stress, cognitive stress symptoms, and less sport competition anxiety than the norm. Respondents reported they own a significantly more external locus of control disposition, which tends to be chance-oriented. The results lend support to the assumption that student-athletes have unique psychosocial needs and that they probably can be considered a special college population worthy of special helping services.