CIRP 2002

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					 CIRP 2002

The American Freshmen Survey
of the Cooperative Institutional
       Research Program
The American freshmen survey asks
   students questions regarding:
•   Biographic and demographic data
•   High school background
•   Career plans
•   Educational aspirations
•   Financial arrangements
•   High school activities
•   Current attitudes
•   White/Caucasian: 82%
•   Asian American/Asian: 7%
•   Mexican/Puerto Rican/Other Latino: 7%
•   African American/Black: 3%
•   American Indian: 2%
•   Other: 4%
• Note: Percentages are rounded and will add up to more than 100%
Anticipated Living Arrangements
• 50% of respondents planned on living on
• 32% planned on living at home or with
• 17% planned on private living arrangement
• 2% planned other living arrangements such
  as fraternities, sororities, or other campus
      Financial Consideration
• Financing a college education is a deciding
  factor for many students. Some of these
  deciding factors are:
•   Parental Financial Support
•   Employment
•   Savings
•   Loans
•   Gift Aid/Financial Assistance
•   Other Resources
      Own or Family Sources
• Overall 80% of students expected to receive
  financial assistance from parents, family or
• 30% of students expected this assistance to
  exceed $3,000 during their freshmen year.
• 67% of students expected to use savings,
  income, or work study to finance college.
• 10% of students expected this assistance to
  exceed $3,000 during their freshmen year
 Gift Aid/Financial Assistance
• 78% expected to receive some gift aid
• 39% expected to receive gift aid in excess
  of $3,000 during their freshmen year
• Gift Aid/Financial Assistance was the
  reason given by 62% of students for
  choosing the University of Nevada, Reno

• 19% of students expected to receive loans to
  pay for college as opposed to 40% of
  students nationally
• 6% of respondents expected to receive more
  than $3,000 in loans during their freshmen
  year as opposed to 21% nationally
          Educational Goals
• 23% planned to obtain a bachelors degree
• 59% planned to obtain their bachelors
  degree from the University of Nevada, Reno
• 76% planned to obtain some advanced
• 37% planned to obtain their advanced
  degree from the University of Nevada, Reno
Motivation for Attending College
        Reasons listed as important
• To learn more about things that interest me 79%
• To be able to make more money 75%
• To be able to get a better job 71%
• To get training for a specific career 71%
• To gain a general education and appreciation of
  ideas 66%
• To prepare myself for graduate or professional
  school 57%
       Reasons seen as very
      important in selecting
    University of Nevada, Reno

•   Financial assistance 62%
•   Low tuition 41%
•   Good academic reputation 32%
•   Wanted to live near home 25%
      Behaviors and Activities

• Used the internet for research or homework 79%
• Communicated via email 63%
• Drank wine or liquor 56%
• Visited art gallery or museum 56%
• Performed community service as part of a class
• Drank beer 51%
   Political and Social Attitudes
      Student were most likely to agree that:

• The federal government should do more to
  control the sale of handguns.
• Abortion should be legal.
• There is too much concern in the courts for
  the rights of criminals.
• Same sex couples should have the right to
  legal marital status.
   Political and Social Attitudes
    Student were most likely to disagree that:

• The death penalty should be abolished.
• People should not obey laws which violate
  their personal values.
• Racial discrimination is no longer a
  problem in America
• The activities of married women are best
  confined to home and family.
         Personal Objectives
     Objectives rated most important by students

•   Being very well off financially
•   Raising a family
•   Becoming an authority in my own field
•   Helping others who are in difficulty
 Expected Personal Activities
      Percentages of students who expect to:

• Work to supplement college expenses 55%
• Participate in student clubs or groups 37%
• Participate in volunteer or community
  service 21%
• Work fulltime to pay for college 10%
• Join fraternity or sorority 8%
• Play varsity or intercollegiate sports 7%
   Students’ Probable Career
          Most frequently listed careers

• Medicine (nursing, pharmacist, physician)
• Engineering 11%
• Business (clerical, owner/proprietor,
  management, or sales/buying) 10%
• Education (elementary, secondary, or
  administration) 8%
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