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									                                       Entering Student Survey
                             Orientation for the Fall 1998 Freshman Class
                                           Summary Report
                                               UP00-0900




                                                     09-12-00



                                         Jimmie R. Naugher, Ph.D.
                                    Senior Institutional Research Analyst

                                            V. Allen Clark, Ed.D.
                                    Senior Institutional Research Analyst


                                            University Planning
                                          University of North Texas
                                              September 2000




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                                 Entering Student Survey
                       Orientation for the Fall 1998 Freshman Class

                                      Introduction and Summary

Of the 2,729 new-from-high-school students enrolled in fall 1998 there were 1,484 (54%) who completed an
Entering Student Survey at a new freshman orientation session in July or August. Those completing the
survey were 58% women and 42% men. This was very close to the actual fall enrollment for new freshmen
of 56% women and 44% men. Those completing the survey were 77% white compared to 72% of the actual
enrollment, meaning that the proportion of minorities in the orientation group was slightly less than in the
actual fall class.

Many items were the same in both the fall 1997 orientation survey and in the fall 1998 instrument, but there
were also several differences. Results for similar items were compared. Only two items in the fall 1998
survey differed by as many as five percentage points from equivalent items in the fall 1997 survey. Both
items were in the check list of factors that might have influenced the student’s decision to attend UNT. They
were ―accreditations from national organizations for UNT programs‖ (checked by 8% of the fall 1998 group
and by 13% of the fall 1997 group) and ―publications received‖ (checked by 20% of the fall 1998 group and
by 15% of the fall 1997 group).

What is it about UNT that influenced your decision to attend? The two top factors were being close to
home (64%) and reasonable cost (57%). The next five items were the academic reputation of UNT (43%),
advice of current or former UNT students (43%), advice from a relative (36%), material from the major
department (31%), and advice from a counselor or teacher (29%). UNT’s social reputation (24%), a tour of
UNT (24%), and publications received (20%) complete the top ten of the list. The other 13 items were
checked by from 18% to 6% of the respondents.

Education of parents. Three-fourths of the parents have some college work: 76% of the fathers and 73% of
the mothers. There were 51% of the fathers and 40% of the mothers with a four-year college degree.
However, of the parents who have attended college, only 11% attended UNT. This reflects the fact that a
large part of the metroplex population has come from other states and other parts of Texas.

Did you take a college course while in high school? There were 22% who answered ―yes,‖ 18% at a
community college and 4% at a senior college or university.

School of first choice. For two-thirds (66%) UNT was the school of first choice. Other schools named as
first choice by three or more students were: UT at Austin (81), Texas A&M University (40), Texas Tech
University (35), TCU (26), Baylor University (24), Southwest Texas State University (19), SMU (14),
University of Houston (11), Stephen F. Austin State University (10), Abilene Christian University (9),
Berklee College of Music (5), UT at Dallas (5), Arizona State University (4), UCLA (4), University of
Miami (4), New York University (4), Southwestern University (4), UT at Arlington (4), Savannah College of
Art and Design (4), Clark University (3), Pratt Institute, NY (3), Ohio State University (3), Angelo State
University, Texas A&M University at Commerce (3), Rice University (3), Sam Houston State University (3),
Tarrant County Community College (3), and Tarlton State University (3).
 Why didn’t you enroll at your first choice? The most often mentioned reasons for not attending the
     institution of first choice were financial (UNT was more affordable), the school of first choice was too




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    far from home, the school of first choice was too close to home, academic programs at UNT better met
    the student’s needs, various personal reasons, and several said they missed the deadline or were not
    accepted there. (Some students wrote ―I did‖ indicating that UNT was their first choice.) See Appendix
    A for a complete list of reasons for not enrolling the in school of first choice.

Transfer plans. Most (84%) said they had no plans to transfer. Some of the 16% who said they did plan to
transfer indicated it was to a graduate school (medical school, law school, etc.) and counted that as ―planning
to transfer.‖ Schools name by three or more students as places where they plan to transfer were: UT at
Austin (34), Texas A&M University (25), Texas Tech University (9), SMU (7), Texas Womans University
(7), Baylor University (5), University of Houston (5), Angelo State University (4), Southwest Texas State
University (4), TCU (4), UCLA (3), University of Colorado (3), Berklee College of Music (3), and
Manhattan School of Music (3).
 Reasons for planning to transfer. The reason given most often for plans to transfer relates to an
     academic program. Either UNT does not offer the major (―UNT doesn’t have architecture‖), or the
     student perceives that the offering at another institution is superior in some way to that at UNT (―UT –
     the degree looks better on paper‖). Several said they simply want to move to another region, particularly
     to move to another state. Attending a particular institution is a goal of long standing for some (―I always
     wanted to go there‖). Some plan to attend UNT now and later transfer to their school of first choice.
     Many students stated their satisfaction with UNT rather than listing reasons for transferring: ―I love
     UNT.‖ ―This is my home!‖ ―Happy where I am.‖ ―UNT provides all.‖

Years to complete degree. There were 66% who expected to complete their degree in 4 years or less, 28%
in 5 years, and 6% in 6 years or more.

Summer school. There were 44% who said they intended to take summer courses at UNT. Those who
intended to take summer courses at institutions other than UNT named mostly community colleges: Tarrant
County Junior College (74), Dallas County Community Colleges (51), Collin County Community College
(14), Grayson County Community College (7), Austin Community College (7), Amarillo College (5),
Houston Community College (5), Trinity Valley Community College (4), UT at El Paso (4), Kilgore College
(3), Mclennan Community College (3), Weatherford College (3), San Antonio College (3), North Central
Texas College (3), and Kingwood Community College (3).

Residence, employment, and financial aid. While attending UNT 76% will live in a UNT residence hall,
8% will live in Denton but not in a residence hall (4% with parents or relatives), and 16% will live outside of
Denton (14% with parents or relatives). Slightly less than one-third (30%) did not expect to be employed,
while almost one-half (48%) expected to work 20 hours or less per week, 18% expected to work 21 to 30
hours per week, and 4% expected to work 31 or more hours per week. There were 57% who had contacted
the UNT Student Employment Office about a job or were considering doing so. One-half (50%) had already
applied for financial aid. Another 17% said they may apply at a later time. A credit card was used to pay the
college bill by 20% of the students.
 Suggestions for improving the financial aid process. Among the most frequent comments were
    expressions of satisfaction with the financial aid process as indicated by statements such as the
    following: ―No suggestions.‖ ―None, it was pretty good.‖ ―The process is great.‖ ―Its fine—I didn’t
    qualify though.‖ The most frequently comment was the one word. ―None.‖ However, many expressed
    difficulty in reaching Financial Aid by phone: ―Every time I called the Financial Aid Office the phone
    was busy.‖ Another difficulty was the time required to find out if they were to receive an award and the
    amount of the award: ―Make it faster. I am at orientation and have not received my award letter yet,‖
    ―speed up the verification process,‖ and ―a quicker response of my status.‖ One student made the




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    following suggestion to fellow students for improving the financial aid application process: ―Apply
    earlier.‖

Areas where help is perceived as needed. The 10 areas are listed by the percentage who checked each
area: math (51%), study skills (31%), time management (29%), adjustment to college (25%), writing (24%),
use of the library (23%), foreign language (22%), science (20%), economics (14%), and apprehension about
communicating (10%).

Impression of UNT student services.
 The majority (95%) ―agreed‖ or ―strongly agreed‖ that UNT responded to requests for information in a
   timely manner.
 The majority (96%) ―agreed‖ or ―strongly agreed‖ that the application procedures were easy to follow.
 The majority (92%) ―agreed‖ or ―strongly agreed‖ that freshman orientation was helpful in introducing
   them to college life.

Parent orientation. Almost one-half of the students (45%) had one or both parents attending parent
orientation.
 Reasons why parents did not attend parent orientation. The most commonly stated reasons for why
    the parents did not attend parent orientation were work, too busy with other obligations, the parents had
    attended earlier when a brother or sister enrolled at UNT, the parents did not feel they needed to attend,
    and the child did not want the parents to attend. ―They had to work.‖ ―Other obligations.‖ ―Too busy.‖
    ―My brother is a sophomore so they went for his orientation last year.‖ ―They did not feel it was
    necessary.‖ ―Mom felt I needed to do this on my own.‖ ―I didn’t want them here and they didn’t want to
    come.‖ ―I told them I could do everything myself and they listened.‖ Some parents came for only a
    portion of the orientation: ―They came for some of it.‖



What suggestions do you have for improving freshman orientation? Many students expressed strong
approval of the orientation process. One said, ―It was very informative and helpful. It must be difficult to
organize this many young adults.‖ Another commented, ―Kind of overwhelming -- but I don't know how to
improve it.‖ Other evaluations included: ―No suggestions. Everything went smoothly and orientation was
fun and helpful.‖ ―It seemed to run smoothly and I enjoyed it thus far. I don't see anything wrong with it.‖
―I had a blast! Mingle everyone (males & females)!‖ ―I don't have any suggestions. It went fairly smoothly
for me.‖ ―It was great and helpful.‖ ―Orientation moved smoothly for me.‖ ―It's been OK so far.‖ ―No
suggestions. I had a really great time.‖ ―I was really nervous at first but my peer counselor helped.‖
Perhaps the comment written most often was, ―None‖ (i.e., no suggested changes). Specific suggested
changes included the following:
 More academic advising: ―More time with students/staff involved in majors.‖ ―More time for peer
    group advising.‖ ―Helping students one on one with registration and choosing majors.‖ ―More advice
    on scheduling times for classes.‖
 Information of a practical nature: ―Tell us more about actual college life-homework, exams, etc.‖
 Some free time was requested: ―Find better activities for students and allow them more free time to be
    alone.‖ ―A little more free time.‖ ―More free time to browse and check out stuff on our own.‖
 Time for sleep and rest was an important point for many: ―Do not keep students up past midnight
    and then have them test early in the morning.‖ ―Spend more time on scheduling and less on activities.
    Sleep is important!‖ ―A little more time to sleep.‖ ―Let you either go to bed earlier or get up later.‖




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    ―Less activity so we aren't up late the night before placement exams. Sleep is important!‖ ―We need
    time to rest.‖
   Relating to the matter of sleep time, some resented the curfew while others wanted it better
    enforced or even an earlier curfew: ―No curfew.‖ ‖Later curfew.‖ ―Make the curfew work. We all
    may have been here, but no one was going to bed.‖ ―Earlier curfew.‖
   Some suggested a shorter orientation session: ―Don't make it so long. Don't keep us up all night then
    expect us to take placement test early.‖ ―Make it shorter.‖ ―Orientation could be improved if it was
    shortened, and the groups were smaller.‖ ―Taking less time to do the icebreakers will create less rush
    during the first evening registration.‖
   Others suggested a longer orientation session: ―Don't cram everything in. Make it longer.‖ ―Maybe
    making it last a day longer so there is more time to get things done.‖ ―I think you should make it a day
    longer, and have more activities to do.‖ ―Longer, for more relaxed days.‖
   There were several comments about icebreakers, skits, and cheers. There were those who suggested
    fewer icebreakers and those who suggested more: ―Less icebreaker activities and less paperwork.‖
    ―More icebreakers.‖ Several suggested doing away with the skits: ―No skits!‖ Many suggested doing
    away with the cheers: ―Don't have us make up cheers.‖ ―No more cheers.‖ ―Get rid of cheers.‖ Of
    course, when interpreting the comments about icebreakers, skits, and cheers it is important to remember
    the students are responding to a question about suggested changes and not with an evaluation of what
    may have been liked.‖ The icebreakers and cheers are probably favored by students such as the one who
    commented, ―No suggestions. Everything went smoothly and orientation was fun and helpful.‖




What can UNT do to help you succeed in college? Comments reflect the fact that students recognized
their own responsibility for success: ―Just basically work with me on my major and getting a job after
graduation.‖ ―Be there to answer questions for me.‖ ―Nothing. Succeeding in school is up to me. UNT
provides the perfect atmosphere for this to happen.‖ ―Provide what I need as long as I hold my end of the
deal.‖ ―Nothing more than offering the same opportunities as they do now.‖ ―Give me a good education.‖
―Give me a strong education.‖
 Many said that what UNT is already doing will help them succeed: ―Be as helpful as UNT has
    already been.‖ ―Already doing a great job.‖ ―Nothing that you guys are not already doing.‖ ―Keep up
    the good work.‖ ―Continue helping students.‖ ―Stay the same.‖ ―Just continue doing what you have
    been doing by being interested in me and my career.‖ ―Be what you have advertised to be.‖
 Students want good courses and a schedule that meets their needs: ‖Give me mentally challenging
    classes with no busy work.‖ ―Challenge me in classes.‖ ―Offer exciting courses and good outside help.‖
    ―Offer many courses and flexible times and days.‖ ―Keep classes open!‖ ―Have classes available for my
    interest. Everything was full. Provide tutors when needed.‖ ―More classes that are smaller. I really like
    UNT. I hope the professors are personal.‖
 Faculty are important: ―Have professors who care and want us to succeed.‖ ―Provide me with helpful
    teachers and materials.‖ ―Have good teachers.‖ ―Good teachers that care.‖ ―Have professors who want
    to help us learn.‖
 Students want good counseling, advising, tutoring when needed, and other study help: ‖Offer help
    in tough classes.‖ ―Listen and advise.‖ ―Provide adequate counseling and advising.‖ ―Make
    advice/advising as readily available as possible.‖ ―Make advisors easily accessible.‖ ―Offer tutors.‖
    ―Have tutors readily available.‖ ―Tutoring, and lots of it!‖ ―Study groups.‖ ―Quiet study areas.‖




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   Help from peers is highly valued: ―Have good student advisors and counselors.‖ ―They can help give
    good advice about studying and time management skills. These two are crucial.‖ ―Have peer counselors
    in designated areas to help with incoming freshmen and transfers.‖ ―Fellow student advisement.‖
    ―Continue to provide aid/assistance through student peers.‖
   Help is needed in many areas, but math is mentioned often: ―Give me tutorials and help in any area.‖
    ―Study help in writing.‖ ―Get me a math tutor!‖ ―Lots of study groups for math.‖
   Finances are always a concern: ‖Help with my financial problems.‖ ―Keep costs low: tuition,
    housing, everything.‖ ―Continue to provide the proper resources and make them available. A little more
    financial assistance.‖ ―Help me find scholarships.‖ ―Contact me about scholarships that are available to
    me.‖




A list of the survey items, with response frequencies and percentages, is provided on the following pages.




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                                        Entering Student Survey
                              Orientation for the Fall 1998 Freshman Class
                          Survey Items, with Response Frequencies and Percentages


                    What is it about UNT that influenced your decision to attend?
 The percentages for items 1-23 are based on the total number of respondents (N = 1,484).
1.  Academic reputation of UNT.                                                               644    43%
2.  Accreditations from national organizations for UNT programs                               173     8%
3.  Advice from a relative                                                                    529    36%
4.  Advice from a counselor or teacher                                                        425    29%
5.  Advice of current or former UNT student                                                   637    43%
6.  Alumni who are famous in their fields                                                      81     6%
7.  Availability of financial aid                                                             163    11%
8.  Availability of scholarships                                                              129     9%
9.  Close to home                                                                             943    64%
10. Close to where I work                                                                     172    12%
11. Current students’ GPA and SAT scores                                                      117     8%
12. Information showing current students are happy                                            246    17%
13. Location gives me a chance to get a job to pay my bills while attending school            233    16%
14. Material from my major department                                                         462    31%
15. One or both of my parents attended UNT                                                    103     7%
16. Opportunities for hands-on experience in my field before graduation                       265    18%
17. Publications received                                                                     301    20%
18. Reasonable cost                                                                           845    57%
19. Reputation of UNT graduates in getting good jobs                                          244    16%
20. Reputation of UNT graduates in gaining entrance to professional and graduate schools      151    10%
21. UNT alumni who are successful in their positions in the Metroplex                         101     7%
22. UNT’s social reputation                                                                   361    24%
23. A tour of UNT                                                                             361    24%



                                             General Information
 The percentages for items 24-40 are based on the total responding to the specific item.
24. Are you --                       Female?                                                   854    58%
                                     Male?                                                     609    42%
                                      Total responding                                      1,463   100%




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25.    Which statement best               White, Non-Hispanic                           1,123    77%
describes you?                            African-American                                172    12%
                                          Hispanic                                        110     7%
                                          American Indian or Alaskan Native                 8     1%
                                          Asian or Pacific Islander                        41     3%
                                          Non-resident international student                0     0%
                                           Total responding                            1,454   100%

26.     What is your father’s highest     Less than high school diploma                    57     4%
level of education?                       Graduated from high school                      262    18%
                                          Completed GRE                                    33     2%
                                          Some college                                    267    19%
                                          Completed 2-year degree                          87     6%
                                          Completed 4-year degree                         403    28%
                                          Completed graduate or professional degree       336    23%
                                           Total responding                            1,445   100%
27.     What is your mother’s highest     Less than high school diploma                    51     4%
level of education?                       Graduated from high school                      317    22%
                                          Completed GRE                                    24     2%
                                          Some college                                    352    24%
                                          Completed 2-year degree                         127     9%
                                          Completed 4-year degree                         366    25%
                                          Completed graduate or professional degree       221    15%
                                           Total responding                            1,458   100%
28.      Have any of your brothers or     No                                            1,201    82%
sisters received a 4-year college         Yes                                             263    18%
degree?                                    Total responding                            1,464   100%
29.      If one or both of your parents   No, neither of my parents attended UNT.       1,294    89%
attended college, did they attend the     Yes, my father attended UNT.                     59     4%
University of North Texas?                Yes, my mother attended UNT.                     57     4%
                                          Yes, both parents attended UNT.                  38     3%
                                           Total responding                            1,448   100%
30.     Did you take a college course     No – I have not completed a college course.   1,137    78%
while in high school?                     Yes – from a community/junior college.          269    18%
                                          Yes – from a senior college/university.          53     4%
                                           Total responding                            1,459   100%
31.    Was UNT your first choice          Yes                                             979    66%
among colleges/universities you           No                                              498    34%
considered attending?                      Total responding                            1,477   100%




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If UNT was not your first choice, please give the name of your first choice. See the “Introduction and Summary”
section for a listing of the colleges and universities named as first choice by three or more of the respondents.

32. Why didn’t you enroll at your first choice?

Summary. The most often mentioned reasons for not attending the institution of first choice were financial
(UNT was more affordable), the school of first choice was too far from home, the school of first choice was
too close to home, academic programs at UNT better met the student’s needs, various personal reasons, and
several said they missed the deadline or were not accepted there.
 Some students wrote ―I did‖ indicating that UNT was their first choice.


33.     Do you have plans to transfer    No, I have no definite plans to do so at this time.          1,225        84%
to another college or university?        Yes – If yes, please give the name of the school.              226        16%
                                          Total responding                                           1,451       100%

If you plan to transfer to another school, please give the name of the school. See the “Introduction and Summary”
section for a list of the colleges and universities named by three or more of the respondents.

Why do you plan to transfer?

Summary. The reason given most often for plans to transfer relates to an academic program. Either UNT
does not offer the major (―UNT doesn’t have architecture‖), or the student perceives that the offering at
another institution is superior in some way to that at UNT (―UT – the degree looks better on paper‖).
Several said they simply want to move to another region, particularly to move to another state. Attending a
particular institution is a goal of long standing for some (―I always wanted to go there‖). Some plan to
attend UNT now and later transfer to their school of first choice.
   Many students stated their satisfaction with UNT rather than listing reasons for transferring: ―I love UNT.‖ ―This
    is my home!‖ ―Happy where I am.‖ ―UNT provides all.‖.


34.     How many years do you plan       4 years or less                                                892        61%
to take to get your degree at UNT?       5 years                                                        385        26%
                                         6 years or longer                                               79         5%
                                         I do not plan to graduate from UNT.                            111         8%
                                          Total responding                                           1,467       100%
35.  Do you intend to take               Yes                                                            632        44%
summer classes at UNT?                   No                                                             820        56%
                                          Total responding                                           1,452       100%

If you intend to take summer classes at a school other than UNT, where do you plan to do so? . See the “Introduction
and Summary” section for a list of the schools named by three or more of the respondents.

36.    Where will you live while         In Denton in a UNT residence hall                            1,120        76%
enrolled at UNT?                         In Denton but not in a UNT residence hall                       60         4%
                                         Outside of Denton                                               34         2%
                                         With parents or relatives in Denton                             56         4%
                                         With parents or relatives outside of Denton                    202        14%
                                          Total responding                                           1,472       100%




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37.     How many hours per week do      I do not expect to be employed.                                  444        30%
you expect to be employed while         20 hours or less per week                                        707        48%
attending UNT?                          21 to 30 hours per week                                          256        18%
                                        31 or more hours per week                                         55         4%
                                         Total responding                                             1,462       100%
38.     Have you considered             Yes                                                              817        57%
contacting UNT Student Employment       No                                                               616        43%
about getting a job while in school?     Total responding                                             1,433       100%
39.     Have you applied for            No, I have not applied.                                          472        33%
financial aid at UNT?                   No, but I may apply at a later time.                             238        17%
                                        Yes, I have already applied.                                     724        50%
                                         Total respondents                                            1,434       100%

If you have applied for financial aid, what suggestions do you have for improving the financial aid application process
at UNT?

Summary. Among the most frequent comments were expressions of satisfaction with the financial aid
process as indicated by statements such as the following: ―None, it was pretty good,‖ ―the process is great,‖
―its fine—I didn’t qualify though,‖ ―no suggestions,‖ and most frequently the one word ―none.‖ However,
many expressed difficulty in reaching Financial Aid by phone: ―Every time I called the Financial Aid office
the phone was busy.‖ Another difficulty was the time required to know if they were to receive an award and
the amount of the award: ―Make it faster. I am at orientation and have not received my award letter yet,‖
―speed up the verification process,‖ and ―a quicker response of my status.‖ One student made the following
suggestion for improving the financial aid application process: ―Apply earlier.‖



40.     Did you (or will you) use a     Yes                                                              277        20%
credit card to pay your college bill?   No                                                             1,100        80%
                                         Total respondents                                            1,377       100%




                      In what areas will you need help to succeed in your courses?
 The percentages for items 41-50 are based on the total number of respondents (N = 1,484).
41. Writing                                                                                              348        24%
42. Math                                                                                                 757        51%
43. Science                                                                                              289        20%
44. Economics                                                                                            202        14%
45. Foreign language                                                                                     323        22%
46. Study skills                                                                                         459        31%
47. Time management                                                                                      427        29%
48. Adjustment to college                                                                                371        25%
49. Apprehension about communicating                                                                     145        10%
50. Use of the library                                                                                   338        23%




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                                     Impression of UNT Student Services
 The percentages for items 51-54 are based on the total number of respondents (N = 1,484).
51.     UNT responded to my          Strongly agree                                              549      38%
requests for information in a timely Agree                                                       817      57%
manner.                              Disagree                                                     52       4%
                                     Strongly disagree                                            12       1%
                                      Total responding                                        1,430     100%
52.     The application procedures   Strongly agree                                              584      41%
were easy to follow.                 Agree                                                       786      55%
                                     Disagree                                                     50       3%
                                     Strongly disagree                                            13       1%
                                      Total responding                                        1,433     100%
53.     Freshman Orientation was     Strongly agree                                              454      32%
helpful in introducing me to college Agree                                                       855      60%
life.                                Disagree                                                     93       7%
                                     Strongly disagree                                            21       1%
                                      Total responding                                        1,423     100%


54.    Did your parents attend           Yes                                                     647      45%
Parent Orientation this year?            No                                                      786      55%
                                          Total responding                                    1,433     100%

If your parents did not attend parent orientation, why not?

Summary. The most commonly stated reasons for the parents not attending parent orientation were work,
too busy with other obligations, the parents had attended earlier when a brother or sister enrolled at UNT, the
parents did not feel they needed to attend, and the child did not want the parents to attend. ―They had to
work.‖ ―Other obligations.‖ ―Too busy.‖ ―My brother is a sophomore so they went for his orientation last
year.‖ ―They did not feel it was necessary.‖ ―Mom felt I needed to do this on my own.‖ ―I didn’t want them
here and they didn’t want to come.‖ ―I told them I could do everything myself and they listened.‖ Some
parents came for only a portion of the orientation: ―They came for some of it.‖


Two unnumbered, open ended questions were included:

What suggestions do you have for improving Freshman Orientation?
Summary. Many students expressed strong approval of the orientation process. One said, ―It was very
informative and helpful. It must be difficult to organize this many young adults.‖ Another commented,
―Kind of overwhelming-but I don't know how to improve it.‖ Other evaluations included: ―No suggestions.
Everything went smoothly and orientation was fun and helpful.‖ ―It seemed to run smoothly and I enjoyed it
thus far. I don't see anything wrong with it.‖ ―I had a blast! Mingle everyone (males & females)!‖ ―I don't
have any suggestions. It went fairly smoothly for me.‖ ―It was great and helpful.‖ ―Orientation moved
smoothly for me.‖ ―It's been OK so far.‖ ―No suggestions. I had a really great time.‖ ―I was really nervous
at first but my peer counselor helped.‖ Perhaps the comment written most often was, ―None‖ (i.e., no
suggested changes). Specific suggested changes included the following:
 More academic advising: ―More time with students/staff involved in majors.‖ ―More time for peer group
     advising.‖ ―Helping students one on one with registration and choosing majors.‖ ―More advice on
     scheduling times for classes.‖




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   Information of a practical nature: ―Tell us more about actual college life-homework, exams, etc.‖
   Some free time was requested: ―Find better activities for students and allow them more free time to be
    alone.‖ ―A little more free time.‖ ―More free time to browse and check out stuff on our own.‖
   Time for sleep and rest was an important point for many: ―Do not keep students up past midnight and
    then have them test early in the morning.‖ ―Spend more time on scheduling and less on activities. Sleep
    is important!‖ ―A little more time to sleep.‖ ―Let you either go to bed earlier or get up later.‖ ―Less
    activity so we aren't up late the night before placement exams. Sleep is important!‖ ―We need time to
    rest.‖
   Relating to the matter of sleep time, some resented the curfew while others wanted it better enforced or
    even an earlier curfew: ‖ ―No curfew.‖ ‖Later curfew.‖ ―Make the curfew work. We all may have been
    here, but no one was going to bed.‖ ―Earlier curfew.‖
   Some suggested a shorter orientation session: ―Don't make it so long. Don't keep us up all night then
    expect us to take placement test early.‖ ―Make it shorter.‖ ―Orientation could be improved if it was
    shortened, and the groups were smaller.‖ ―Taking less time to do the icebreakers will create less rush
    during the first evening registration.‖
   Others suggested a longer orientation session: ―Don't cram everything in. Make it longer.‖ ―Maybe
    making it last a day longer so there is more time to get things done.‖ ―I think you should make it a day
    longer, and have more activities to do.‖ ―Longer, for more relaxed days.‖
   There were several comments about icebreakers, skits, and cheers. There were those who suggested
    fewer icebreakers and those who suggested more: ―Less icebreaker activities and less paperwork.‖
    ―More icebreakers.‖ Several suggested doing away with the skits: ―No skits!‖ Many suggested doing
    away with the cheers: ―Don't have us make up cheers.‖ ―No more cheers.‖ ―Get rid of cheers.‖
    Of course, when interpreting the comments about icebreakers, skits, and cheers it is important to
    remember the students are responding to a question about suggested changes and not with an evaluation
    of what may have been liked.‖ The icebreakers and cheers are probably favored by students such as the
    one who commented, ―No suggestions. Everything went smoothly and orientation was fun and helpful.‖



What can UNT do to help you succeed in college?
Summary. Comments reflect the fact that students recognized their own responsibility for success: ―Just
basically work with me on my major and getting a job after graduation.‖ ―Be there to answer questions for
me.‖ ―Nothing. Succeeding in school is up to me. UNT provides the perfect atmosphere for this to
happen.‖ ―Provide what I need as long as I hold my end of the deal.‖ ―Nothing more than offering the same
opportunities as they do now.‖ ―Give me a good education.‖ ―Give me a strong education.‖
 Many believe that what UNT is now doing will help them succeed: ―Be as helpful as UNT has already
    been.‖ ―Already doing a great job.‖ ―Nothing that you guys are not already doing.‖ ―Keep up the good
    work.‖ ―Continue helping students.‖ ―Stay the same.‖ ―Just continue doing what you have been doing
    by being interested in me and my career.‖ ―Be what you have advertised to be.‖
 Students want good courses and a schedule that meets their needs: ‖Give me mentally challenging
    classes with no busy work.‖ ―Challenge me in classes.‖ ―Offer exciting courses and good outside help.‖
    ―Offer many courses and flexible times and days.‖ ―Keep classes open!‖ ―Have classes available for my
    interest. Everything was full. Provide tutors when needed.‖ ―More classes that are smaller. I really like
    UNT. I hope the professors are personal.‖
 Faculty are important: ―Have professors who care and want us to succeed.‖ ―Provide me with helpful
    teachers and materials.‖ ―Have good teachers.‖ ―Good teachers that care.‖ ―Have professors who want
    to help us learn.‖




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   Students want good counseling, advising, tutoring when needed, and other study help: ‖Offer help in
    tough classes.‖ ―Listen and advise.‖ ―Provide adequate counseling and advising.‖ ―Make
    advice/advising as readily available as possible.‖ ―Make advisors easily accessible.‖ ―Offer tutors.‖
    ―Have tutors readily available.‖ ―Tutoring, and lots of it!‖ ―Study groups.‖ ―Quiet study areas.‖
   Help from peers is highly valued: Have good student advisors and counselors.‖ ―They can help give
    good advice about studying and time management skills. These two are crucial.‖ ―Have peer counselors
    in designated areas to help with incoming freshmen and transfers.‖ ―Fellow student advisement.‖
    ―Continue to provide aid/assistance through student peers.‖
   Help is needed in all areas, but math is mentioned often: ―Give me tutorials and help in any area.‖
    ―Study help in writing.‖ ―Get me a math tutor!‖ ―Lots of study groups for math.‖
   Finances are always a concern: ‖Help with my financial problems.‖ ―Keep costs low: tuition,
    housing, everything.‖ ―Continue to provide the proper resources and make them available. A
    little more financial assistance.‖ ―Help me find scholarships.‖ ―Contact me about scholarships
    that are available to me.‖




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