ERIC Number: ED031140
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jun-23
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Major Influences in Deciding to Attend the University of South Carolina. Research Notes No. 6-69.
Fidler, Paul P.
Data on entering freshmen at 358 institutions of higher education including the University of South Carolina (USC), were obtained in the fall of 1968 on a questionnaire prepared by the American Council on Education. This report, the third in a series drawn from analyses of these data, focuses on what USC freshmen consider as the major influences in their selection of a college, and compares their responses to weighted normative data based on questionnaire results from the 76 participating universities in the institutions surveyed. Of the 5 most frequently mentioned major influences, USC freshmen placed parents or other relatives first and the academic reputation of the college second, but freshmen at the national level reversed these influences in order of importance. Both groups were influenced by low cost and a chance to live away from home. USC students' fifth major influence involved friends who attended USC, while the national norms showed the role of the high school teacher or counselor as a major influence. Data on 1967 and 1968 USC freshmen revealed no change in the ranking of the 5 most frequently mentioned major influences in 2 years, and while reasons for selecting USC remained stable and in the same order of preference, a larger percentage of the 1968 freshmen selected this institution because of its academic reputation. (WM)
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Authoring Institution: South Carolina Univ., Columbia.
Identifiers: University of South Carolina