ERIC Number: ED373640
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Factors Influencing the College Choice Decisions of Graduate Students. AIR 1994 Annual Forum Paper.
Kallio, Ruth E.
A survey of 1,068 admitted graduate students at the University of Michigan examined the relative influence of factors affecting college choice decisions. Factor analysis of ratings of importance of 31 college characteristics yielded dimensions upon which student decisions are based. These results were used to build five scales of importance and preference which were then tested with other variables in a regression model in which the dependent variable was the decision to enroll or not to enroll at the surveying institution. The following were found to influence decisions: residency status, quality and other academic environment characteristics, work-related concerns, spouse considerations, financial aid, and the campus social environment. Of the six factors, residency, academic environment characteristics, and work considerations appeared to have the greatest influence on student decisions. Similarities and differences are analyzed between prospective graduate and undergraduate students in terms of the relative influence of factors affecting their selection of college or university. (Contains 34 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum; University of Michigan
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (34th, New Orleans, LA, May 29-June 1, 1994).