ERIC Number: ED172664
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Feb
Reference Count: 0
A Study of Resident and Non-Resident Students at Auburn University.
Burtner, Robert F.; Tincher, Wilbur A.
Problems experienced by nonresident students at Auburn University and areas in which they are receiving fewer opportunities for personal development, compared with residential students, were studied. Responses to a survey were obtained from 624 nonresident students and 223 resident students. Statistical data and a descriptive summary of the survey findings are presented concerning: general characteristics of students, financial data, academic and social life, and activities and services. The grade point averages of nonresident and resident students were almost identical. Resident students were found to be more likely to come from upper middle class or higher class homes than were nonresident students. It was found that nonresidents were less likely to form close friendships with students they did not know before comming to the university and that they dated less frequently than resident students. It appears that nonresident students are less satisfied than resident students with their social lives at the university. Campus activities in which nonresident students participate with much less frequency than resident students are listed. Recommendations concerning the planning and implementation of programs and services for nonresident and resident students are offered, and a sample survey is appended. (SW)
Descriptors: College Environment, College Students, Commuting Students, Comparative Analysis, Grade Point Average, Higher Education, On Campus Students, Place of Residence, Questionnaires, School Activities, Social Adjustment, Statistical Data, Student Characteristics, Student College Relationship, Student Needs, Student Participation
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Auburn Univ., AL. Office of the Dean of Student Services.
Identifiers: Auburn University AL
Note: Graduate-level independent study project undertaken by the first author