ERIC Number: ED208717
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Profile of Full-Time, First-Time Freshmen: Fall 1980 and Recent Trends. Data Brief Series.
Characteristics of the fall 1980 full-time, first-time freshmen enrolled in New Jersey colleges and universities are tabulated and trends in the past five years are summarized. Highlights include the following: There was a modest decline in entering freshmen over the previous year, consistent with projections in the statewide plan. The decline was not uniform across sectors, with a higher decline at Rutgers University than at state, independent, and community colleges. Women continued to comprise the majority of freshmen at 52 percent. The racial/ethnic distribution was six percent Hispanic, 12 percent black, and 82 percent "other" (including white, American Indian/Alaskan native, Asian/Pacific Islander, and non-resident aliens). The greatest percentage decline was among blacks. A two to three percent decline occurred in all age groups except 35 and over, in which it grew about one percent in the last year. The number of New Jersey residents declined by four percent in the last year, while out-of-state residents increased 13 percent, although state residents did increase in the community college sector. Of the freshmen in senior institutions who are high school graduates, 70 percent were in the top two-fifths of their high school classes, an improvement over the previous year. Students' Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) verbal component scores remained about the same, with the proportion of math scores over 500 declining two percent. Tables show distributions of students characteristics such as sex, ethnicity, age, geographic origin, class rank, and SAT scores as well as five-year trends. Individual institutions' enrollment data are appended. (MSE)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Aptitude, Age, College Freshmen, College Students, Enrollment Trends, Ethnic Groups, Females, Higher Education, In State Students, Males, Out of State Students, Private Colleges, State Colleges, State Surveys, Student Characteristics, Student Mobility, Trend Analysis
New Jersey Department of Higher Education, 225 W. State St., Trenton, NJ 06825.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Jersey State Dept. of Higher Education, Trenton.
Identifiers: New Jersey