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					            Parent Satisfaction

            Lutheran Colleges
                   and
            Public Universities



             Findings of the LECNA
              College Sophomore
          Parent Satisfaction Research

                    February 2007

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                                Study Details

• The following charts comprise findings related to the study conducted by
  Hardwick~Day.
• 384 parents participated in a 10-minute telephone survey on topics regarding their
  satisfaction with their child’s college experience.
• Participant names were obtained from LECNA colleges and were divided into two
  groups:
   – 236 parents of sophomores currently enrolled at LECNA colleges (ELCA and
     LCMS colleges represented)
   – 148 parents of sophomores who were admitted to LECNA colleges, but enrolled
     instead at a public university (ELCA and LCMS colleges represented)
• Transfer students were excluded from the study.
• Interviews were conducted during December 2006.




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Colleges Submitting Student Names
            Augustana College -Sioux Falls, SD
            California Lutheran University
            Capital University, OH
            Carthage College, WI
            Concordia University -Austin, TX
            Concordia University -Irvine, CA
            Concordia University -Portland, OR
            Concordia University -Chicago, IL
            Concordia University -Seward, NE
            Concordia University -St. Paul, MN
            Dana College, NE
            Gustavus Adolphus, MN
            Luther College, IA
            Roanoke College, VA
            St. Olaf College, MN
            Susquehanna College, PA
            Texas Lutheran University
            Valparaiso University, IN
            Waldorf College, IA
            Wartburg College, IA



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                        Participant Profile
• Study participants include a high percentage of married parents.
• Household income is higher for the Public University families
  than the Lutheran College families.
• Two-thirds of participants have a college or graduate degree.

                             University Enrolled           LECNA Enrolled
                                          From
                     Total     Total   ELCA LCMS          Total    ELCA LCMS
Respondent: female 72%         75%      80%     64%         70%    71%       67%
Married              92%       93%      91%     98%         91%    89%       96%
Median HH income $91K         $102K $99K $109K            $85K     $88K $81K
Education: BA
 or higher           67%       63%      65%     61%         69%    71%       63%
n=                   384       148      104      44         236        166   70

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                             Student Profile

• Over half of the students were female.
• Even at the Public Universities, the vast majority lived on
  campus their freshman year.
• A very low percentage were first-generation college students.

                              University Enrolled          LECNA Enrolled
                                          From
                     Total     Total   ELCA LCMS          Total    ELCA LCMS
Daughter             56%       57%      56%     61%         55%    54%       57%
Lived on campus      92%       91%      94%     82%         93%    93%       94%
First generation
 college student     7%        5%       4%       7%         8%         7%    11%
n=                   384       148      104      44         236        166    70

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    Satisfaction with the
   Educational Experience




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                       Lutheran College Parents Are More Likely to Be
                   “Very Satisfied” Overall with the Educational Experience
                                                100%
                                                          2%          3%          2%
                                                          9%          13%         6%       1,2
                                                                                           Dissatisfied

      • Three of five                           75%                               31%
        Lutheran College                                  36%                              3 (neutral)
        parents are “very                                             43%
        satisfied” overall with
        the educational                         50%
        experience their child
                                                                                           4
        is getting.                                                                        (somewhat
      • This compares                                                             60%
                                                                                           satisfied)
        favorably to less than                  25%       52%
        half of the Public                                            41%                  5 Very
        University parents.                                                                satisfied

                                                 0%

                                                          Total      Public     Lutheran
                                                       Sophomore   University    College
12A. How would you rate your overall                     parents    parents      parents
 satisfaction with the educational experience
 your (son/daughter) is getting at college?

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        Parents Tend to Think their Child Would Give a Slightly Lower Overall
                         Satisfaction Rating than they Gave

                                                  100%
                                                            4%          5%          3%
                                                                                             1,2
     • Although three of five                               10%         16%
                                                                                     6%
                                                                                             Dissatisfied
       Lutheran College
       parents are “very                          75%
       satisfied” overall with                                                      40%      3 (neutral)
       the educational                                      41%
       experience their child                                           42%
       is getting, only half                      50%
       think their daughter
                                                                                             4
       or son is “very                                                                       (somewhat
       satisfied.”                                                                           satisfied)
     • This same pattern                          25%                               50%
                                                            45%
       holds true for Public                                            37%                  5 Very
       University parents.                                                                   satisfied

                                                   0%

                                                            Total      Public     Lutheran
12B. How do you think your (son/daughter)                Sophomore   University    College
 would rate (his/her) overall satisfaction with
 the educational experience?                               parents    parents      parents

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                        Many Issues Impact the Overall Satisfaction Rating

     • For parents, quality of                                  Quality of                                55%
       academic instruction is                                  academic                            45%
       universally the most                                    instruction                                  61%
       significant of all items tested
       in regards to overall                                   Amount of                            45%
       satisfaction.                                           contact w/               26%
                                                               professors
     • Amount of contact with                                                                             56%
       professors is much more
       important to Lutheran                                                                   37%
                                                           Fitting in with
       College parents, while                                                            28%                        Total
                                                          other students                                            sophomore
       affordability is the second-                                                                 43%
                                                                                                                    parents
       highest of the items for
       Public University parents.                               Quality of                    36%
                                                                                                                    Public
                                                                academic                 29%
     • Two other items tested,                                                                                      University
                                                                advising
       “level of academic difficulty”                                                           41%                 parents
       and “social life and activities”
                                                                                         28%                        Lutheran
       were less significant in the
       overall satisfaction rating                           Affordability                    35%                   College
                                                                                                                    parents
       (not shown).                                                                     24%

13. Please indicate how significant each of the following items is in        0%   20%         40%         60%     80%    100%
 your overall satisfaction with your (son’s/daughter’s) college (%
 rating “very significant”).
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        Lutheran College Parents Are More Likely than University Parents to
                         Rate the College a “Good Value”

   • More than eight of ten                         100%
                                                               4%          5%          3%
     (82%) Lutheran College                                                                     1,2 Poor
     parents rate their son’s or                               18%
                                                                                       14%      value
     daughter’s college a “good                                            24%
     value” (4 or 5 on a 5-point                     75%
     scale).                                                                                    3 (neutral)
   • Only 70% of Public                                        38%
                                                                                       41%
     University parents rate the                                           34%
     university a “good value,”                      50%

     even though it is likely to                                                                4
     cost less than a Lutheran                                                                  (somewhat
     college.                                                                                   good value)
                                                     25%
   • Families making $100K or                                  39%                     41%
                                                                           36%                  5 Very good
     more tend to give higher                                                                   value
     value ratings at both public
     universities and Lutheran
     colleges, although neither                       0%

     is significant.                                           Total      Public     Lutheran
                                                            Sophomore   University    College
                                                              parents    parents      parents
14. How would you rate the value of the education at your
 (son’s/daughter’s) college, compared to the amount paid?

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  Nearly All Parents Would Recommend Their Student’s College or University
                                                          100%        96%               96%                 95%
   • There is no difference
     between Lutheran
     College parents and                                  80%
     Public University
     parents in the rate
     that would
     recommend the                                        60%
     college or university
     to family or friends.
                                                          40%




                                                          20%




                                                           0%
                                                                 Total sophomore   Public University   Lutheran College
                                                                     parents           parents             parents
16. Would you recommend your (son’s/daughter’s) college
 to friends or family members considering colleges?

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                  Satisfaction Summary
• Lutheran College parents are more likely to be “very satisfied”
  with the overall educational experience (60% vs 41% of Public
  University parents).
• Lutheran College parents rate quality of instruction, amount of
  contact with professors, fitting in with other students and quality
  of academic advising as most significant in their satisfaction
  rating.
• Public University parents rate quality of instruction and
  affordability as most significant in their satisfaction rating.
• Public University parents are less likely to rate the university as
  a “good value” for the amount paid.
• Regardless of the satisfaction rating, virtually all would
  recommend the college or university to friends and family.

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The College Application and
     Funding Process




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                    Public University Students Applied to More Colleges
                              than Lutheran College Students
                                          100%
  • Over half of Public University
    parents report their child                                                         Four of
    applied to four or more                                                            more
                                                                              34%
    colleges.                                      42%
                                          75%
                                                                54%
      –This compares to one in three
       parents of Lutheran College                                                     Three
       students.
  • One in five Lutheran College          50%
                                                                              30%
    students only applied to that                   30%                                Two
    college; this is primarily true of
    LCMS colleges (33% vs 11%                                    30%
    for ELCA colleges).                   25%                                 17%
                                                   14%
  • A small percentage of Public                                                       One
    University parents (6%) did not                              9%           18%
                                                   13%
    remember their child had               0%
                                                                 6%
    applied to a second college
    (the Lutheran college that                      Total      Public       Lutheran
    provided the student’s name.)                Sophomore   University      College
                                                   parents    parents        parents
1A. To how many colleges did your
                                         Average: 3.7            4.3           3.4
 (son/daughter) apply?
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                                 Private Colleges (Mainly non-LECNA) Were
                                  Second Choice Schools for Both Groups
• For both groups, private colleges are the                                                56%
                                                      Total private
  second choice of more than half.                                                        53%
                                                        colleges
• Church-based privates were chosen over                                                    59%
  secular private colleges 4:1.
                                                                                        45%
• One in four (28%) Public University parents       Church-based
                                                                                      40%
  named a Lutheran college as their second            privates
                                                                                         48%
  choice.
   – One in three (34%) named a public                                        24%                       Total
      university.                                        Lutheran
                                                                               28%                      sophomore
                                                         colleges
• Although Lutheran College parents were as                                  21%                        parents
  likely as their counterparts to name a church-
  based private college, the college was                                      21%
                                                    Other church-                                       Public
  somewhat more often affiliated with another                              12%
                                                    based privates                                      University
  faith (27% non-Lutheran college vs 21%                                        27%
  Lutheran college).                                                                                    parents
     – A larger number named a public                 Non-church-          11%
       university (36%) as second choice.                                                               Lutheran
                                                       affiliated          12%
                                                                                                        College
                                                        privates           11%
                                                                                                        parents
                                                                                  35%
                                                      Total public
                                                                                  34%
2A. Besides (enrolled college), which one other       universities
 college did your (son/daughter) most seriously                                    36%
 consider? Think only about colleges (he/she) was
 admitted to.                                                         0%   20%    40%     60%     80%       100%
based to those applying to 2+ colleges

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                   Public Universities Offer Merit Scholarships… Frequently!
                                                            Average (median) amount per year:
                                                    $6.5K                $2K              $8K

  • While most Lutheran                                                                  91%
    colleges offer merit and
    talent scholarships, it is                      74%
    perhaps surprising that
    universities are also
    offering these types of
    scholarships to the                                                 48%
    extent that they are.                                                                       42%
                                                             34%

                                                                                20%
1B. Did your (son/daughter) receive any
 scholarships from (enrolled college), such as
 a talent scholarship or those based on
 academic performance?
1C. How much would you say (he/she)
 received for a scholarship, that is before any
 need-based aid may have been added?              Total Sophomore Public University Lutheran College
 Please answer in terms of one year of study.          parents        parents           parents
1E. And did your final package include any
 additional grant aid--an award that does not
 have to be paid back?
                                                            Merit/talent scholarship   Other grant

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   Second-Choice Colleges Were Less Likely to Offer Scholarships and Grants
                                                            Average (median) amount per year:
                                                    $5.5K                $6K              $5K
  • The largest group of
    second choice colleges
    for both groups is private
    colleges, and the similar
    offers reflect that.
  • Some parents (about                             53%                 53%              53%
    10%) indicated they
    didn’t complete the
    process at their second
    choice college.
                                                             15%                14%             16%
2B. Did your (son/daughter) receive any
 scholarships from that college?
2C. How much would you say (he/she)
 received for a scholarship, that is before any
 need-based aid may have been added?              Total Sophomore Public University Lutheran College
 Please answer in terms of one year of study.
                                                       parents        parents           parents
2E. And did your final package include any
 additional grant aid--an award that does not
 have to be paid back?
based to those applying to 2+ colleges
                                                            Merit/talent scholarship   Other grant

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     Most Students Submitted the FAFSA to the College Where They Enrolled

 • Four of five or more                                                                   86%
   submitted the FAFSA to the                         84%
                                                                       80%
   college where they ultimately
   enrolled.
 • The financial aid package
   was “very important” to the
   majority of Lutheran College                                                                   47%
                                                             41%
   parents who applied; nearly
   two-thirds have family                                                      30%
   incomes under $100,000.
 • Financial aid was “very
   important” to fewer public
   university parents, over half
   of whom have family incomes
   of $100,000 or more.                             Total Sophomore Public University Lutheran College
                                                         parents        parents           parents
1D. Did you submit the FAFSA for need-based
 financial aid at this college?
3C. How important was the financial aid package        Submitted FAFSA       Very important to decision
 in your (son’s/daughter’s) decision to enroll at
 the college?
(based to all parents of enrolled students)

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                      Regardless of College Type, The Majority of Parents
                         Are Primarily Responsible for College Costs

 • Three of five parents say they are
   primarily responsible for paying for
                                                      100%      2%          2%
   the college education.The
   percentage for Public University                                         16%
   parents is not significantly higher.                                                          Others
                                                                19%                     21%
 • Similar significant differences are
   found by income in each group.                     75%                   16%
     – Only half of those making under                          17%                     19%
       $100,000 say the parents are                                                              Both
       primarily responsible.                                                                    equally
     – Four of five parents in
       households making $100,000                     50%
       or more say they are primarily
       responsible for the college                                                               Student
       costs.                                                               66%
                                                                62%                     60%
                                                      25%

                                                                                                 Parent


                                                       0%

4. Not including any grant or scholarship sponsors,             Total      Public     Lutheran
 who is primarily responsible for paying for your
 (son’s/daughter’s) college education?                       Sophomore   University    College
                                                               parents    parents      parents

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                     Funding Summary

• Students applied to three or four colleges, on average.
    – LCMS colleges’ enrolled students were more likely than ELCA
      colleges’ enrolled students to apply to only one college.
• Church-based private colleges are a popular second choice;
  and not just Lutheran colleges.
• While nearly all Lutheran Colleges offered a scholarship, nearly
  half of the Public Universities did as well, although at a lower
  dollar amount.
• Most families submitted the FAFSA to the college where the
  student enrolled; for most Lutheran College families, the
  financial aid package was “very important” to their decision to
  enroll.
    – Lutheran College families are more likely to make less than $100K.

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    Involvement at College




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                              Lutheran College Students Are More Likely
                              to Meet a Mentor or Role Model at College

 • Three of four Lutheran                                                                      67%
   College parents say                      Someone
                                                                                         53%
   their son or daughter                     (total)
   met someone at                                                                                    76%
   college who is a
   mentor or role model                                                      36%
   for them, especially
   professors and                         Professors                   24%
   advisors.                                                                       43%
 • Only half of Public                                                                                 Total
   University parents                                       10%                                        sophomore
   think their child met a                 Academic                                                    parents
                                                            7%
   role model or mentor                    advisors
   at college.                                               11%                                       Public
                                                                                                       University
                                                                                                       parents
                                                             12%
                                              Older                                                    Lutheran
                                                                 16%                                   College
                                            students                                                   parents
                                                            9%
11. Who, if anyone, has your (son/
 daughter) met at college who is a
 mentor or role model?                                 0%        20%         40%         60%     80%         100%


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   Parents Report Students Are Involved in a Variety of Activities at College

• Nearly all students (94%) are involved in                                                        63%
                                                   Volunteer or service
  some of the activities listed.                                                                 55%
                                                         activities
                                                                                                     67%
• Lutheran College students are involved in
  more activities, on average (3.3 vs. 2.6).                                                   49%
                                                     Religious activities                    41%
• Many students in both groups have been
                                                                                                 54%
  involved in volunteer or service activities,
  followed by religious activities, although                                             35%
  both are higher for Lutheran College               Intramural athletics                 37%
  students.                                                                             33%                  Total
• Other activities that have higher                                                                          sophomore
                                                                                         34%
  participation rates among Lutheran College                                                                 parents
  students are a work-study program, music              Academic clubs                    37%
                                                                                                             (avg 3.0)
  or theatre performance and varsity athletics.                                         31%

• Just over one in ten students at either                                              28%                   Public
  college type participated in                      Work study program           14%                         University
  fraternities/sororities or campus                                                      37%                 parents
  publications/student government (not                                                                       (avg 2.6)
  shown).                                                                              27%
                                                        Music or theatre         14%
                                                                                         35%                 Lutheran
                                                                                                             College
                                                                                    21%                      parents
                                                        Varsity athletics        11%
                                                                                                             (avg 3.3)
   10. Is your (son/daughter) involved in any of                                      27%
    the following at college?
                                                                            0%   20%    40%     60%    80%    100%


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           Lutheran College Students Are More Likely to Be “Very Involved”
                    in Social Activities During the Freshman Year

                                                100%
    • Two of five Lutheran                                13%         16%
                                                                                  11%      1,2 Not very
      College parents said                                                                 involved
      their child was “very
      involved” in social                       75%       21%         23%
                                                                                  20%
      activities during their                                                              3 (neutral)
      freshman year.
                                                                                  27%
    • Less than one in                                    28%
                                                50%
      three Public                                                    30%
                                                                                           4
      University parents                                                                   (somewhat
      rated their son or                                                                   involved)
      daughter as “very
                                                25%
      involved.”                                                                  42%
                                                          38%                              5 Very
                                                                      31%                  involved


                                                 0%

                                                          Total      Public     Lutheran
6. How would you rate your (son’s/daughter’s)          Sophomore   University    College
 level of involvement in social activities at
 college during the freshman year?                       parents    parents      parents

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          Lutheran College Parents Are More Likely to Be “Very Satisfied”
         with their Child’s Ability to Make Friends During the Freshman Year
                                                100%
                                                          5%          8%          4%
    • Two of three                                                                         1,2
                                                          12%         13%         11%      Dissatisied
      Lutheran College
      parents are “very
                                                75%                               19%
      satisfied” with their                               22%
      son’s or daughter’s                                                                  3 (neutral)
                                                                      26%
      ease of making
      friends during their
                                                50%
      freshman year.
                                                                                           4
    • About half of Public                                                                 (somewhat
      University parents                                  61%                     66%      satisfied)
      are “very satisfied.”                     25%                   53%
                                                                                           5 Very
                                                                                           satisfied


                                                 0%

                                                          Total      Public     Lutheran
5. How would you rate your satisfaction with           Sophomore   University    College
 your (son’s/daughter’s) ease of making
 friends at college during the freshman year?            parents    parents      parents


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            Parents Generally Believe their Child Was Able to Do a Good Job
             Balancing Social and Academic Life During the Freshman Year
                                                     100%
                                                               7%          3%
  • Regardless of school                                                               10%      1,2 Not well
    type, three of four parents                                            21%
    give a positive rating to                                  18%
                                                                                       16%
    their son’s or daughter’s                        75%
    ability to balance                                                                          3 (neutral)
    academic and social life                                   30%         31%         29%
    during their freshman
    year.                                            50%
                                                                                                4
  • There are a significantly                                                                   (somewhat
    higher number of parents                                                                    well)
    of Lutheran College
                                                     25%
    students (in both ELCA                                     45%         44%         45%
                                                                                                5 Extremely
    and LCMS colleges) who                                                                      well
    believe their child didn’t
    do this balancing act all
                                                      0%
    that well (10% vs 3% at
    public universities).                                      Total      Public     Lutheran
                                                            Sophomore   University    College
7. How would you rate your (son’s/daughter’s)
                                                              parents    parents      parents
 ability to balance social life with academic life
 at college during the freshman year?
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        Lutheran College Parents Tend to Rate Academic Life at their Child’s
         College as More Difficult than Their Son or Daughter Had Expected
                                                 100%
 • A rating of “3” on this question
   would be “as expected.”                                20%                      18%      1,2 Easy
                                                                       24%
 • Lutheran College parents are
   two-and-a-half times more likely              75%
   to say the academics were
                                                                                            3 (neutral)
   “more difficult” than “easier” than
                                                           37%                     36%
   expected (45% vs. 18%).                                             39%
     –ELCA colleges were most likely             50%
      to be rated “very difficult” (16%                                                     4
      vs. 7% for LCMS colleges)                                                             (somewhat
 • The largest group of Public                                                     31%      difficult)
                                                          31%
   University parents’ ratings fall in           25%
                                                                       30%
   that “as expected” category.                                                             5 Very
   They are only one-and-a-half                                                             difficult
   times more likely to say “more                         11%                      14%
                                                                       6%
   difficult” (36% vs. 24% “easier”).             0%

                                                           Total      Public     Lutheran
                                                        Sophomore   University    College
8. How would you rate academic life at college            parents    parents      parents
 compared to what your (son/daughter)
 expected before (he/she) enrolled?

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                  Involvement Summary

• Lutheran College students are more likely to have met a mentor
  or role model during their freshman year.
• Lutheran College students are involved in more activities on
  campus, and also involved to a greater degree.
• Lutheran College parents are more likely to be “very satisfied”
  with their daughter or son’s ability to make friends during their
  freshman year.
• Three of four parents at Lutheran Colleges and Public
  Universities say their child was able to balance social and
  academic life well during their freshman year.
    – However, 10% of Lutheran College parents believe their child did
      not do this well.
• Lutheran College parents (especially ELCA) are more likely to
  rate the college as “more difficult” than their child expected.
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              Other Factors




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                               Parents Report Students’ High School Friends
                                Are Primarily Attending Public Universities

• The majority of friends of both
  groups are attending public                          Attending a
                                                                                                56%
  universities more than other types                      public                                      73%
  of colleges.                                          university
                                                                                              45%
• For Lutheran College students,
  nearly as many parents report their
  child’s friends are attending a                                                     26%
                                                     Attending a
  private college (36%) as those                                            11%
                                                    private college
  whose friends attend public
  universities (45%).                                                                   36%
• For Public University students, the
  gap between public and private is                    Attending a          11%                       Total
                                                       community                                      sophomore
  much greater. Only 11% have                                               9%
  most friends attending a private                    college/ tech                                   parents
  college, while 73% have the                            school                 13%                   Public
  majority of friends attending public                                                                University
  universities.                                                                                       parents
                                                                           3%
                                                                                                      Lutheran
                                                          Working          3%                         College
                                                                           3%                         parents
17. How would you characterize what the
 majority of your (son’s/daughter’s) friends from
 high school are currently doing?                                     0%        20%     40%     60%   80%    100%

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                    Lutherans Are More Likely to Attend a Lutheran College,
                         While Catholics Opted for Public Universities

 • More parents of Lutheran College                                                   39%     List Source:
   students report that they are
                                                                                              ELCA LCMS
   Lutheran than parents of Public                       Lutheran                    32%
   University students in the study                                                           25%        48%
   (43% vs 32%).                                                                       43%
                                                                                              38%        56%
      – Parents of students who
        applied at LCMS colleges are                                           19%
        more likely to be Lutheran--
        whether they enrolled at                          Catholic               26%
        Lutheran Colleges or Public                                                           28%        20%
        Universities.                                                      14%                                           Total
                                                                                              17%            9%          sophomore
 • Catholics who applied to Lutheran                                                                                     parents
   colleges were more likely to end up                                         15%
   at Public Universities (26% vs 14%                                                                                    Public
   at Lutheran Colleges).                                Christian             17%            19%        11%
                                                                                                                         University
 • For parents of all other religions,                                                        14%        14%             parents
   there is no difference between                                          14%
   whether the student enrolled at a                                                                                     Lutheran
   Lutheran college or public                                                                                            College
   university.
                                                                          7%
                                                                                                                         parents
                                                         Methodist        5%                      7%         2%

21. To make sure we have included the opinions of                         8%                  10%            3%
 all religious groups, please tell me the religion you
 consider yourself most affiliated with?
                                                                     0%    20%       40%    60%        80%        100%


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                    Lutheran College Parents Are More Likely to Have Met
                  the College President or Have Heard the President Speak
                                                100%
    • Lutheran College
      parents are nearly
      twice as likely as
                                                                                              78%
      Public University                         80%
      parents to have met
      the college president                                 64%
      or have heard the
      president speak.                          60%


                                                                             42%
                                                40%




                                                20%




                                                 0%
15. Have you had occasion to meet your                 Total sophomore Public University Lutheran College
 (son’s/daughter’s) college president or hear
 the president speak?
                                                           parents         parents           parents

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                Other Factors Summary

• The peer group has an influence on college choice; most Public
  University students’ friends also attend public universities.
• Lutheran College students have friends attending private
  colleges as well as public universities.
• Two in five participants are Lutheran, a higher proportion of
  them have children at Lutheran colleges than public universities.
• Catholics in the sample tend to have children attending public
  universities rather than Lutheran colleges.
    – No other religion shows differences between college types.
• Lutheran College parents have a stronger connection to the
  college as far as meeting or hearing the college president
  speak.


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