ERIC Number: ED028701
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Why They Don't Show in September. A Report on the Facts Relating to Failure to Enroll After Being Admitted to Wisconsin State University at Stevens Point.
Clements, William H.
Institutional Research and Studies, v3 n4 Dec 1968
The answers to why high school graduates who apply and are admitted to institutions of higher education but fail to appear in the fall may help college and universities better predict what proportion of their accepted applicants will enroll and to improve their services to prospective students. In November 1968, a questionnaire was mailed to the 999 "no shows" previously accepted for admission that fall to the Wisconsin State University at Stevens Point. The "no shows" constituted 30.4% of all the applicants accepted. Responses were received from 620 persons or 62%. According to the answers: about 86% enrolled elsewhere; only 37% indicated that Stevens Point had been their first choice. The chief reason for enrolling elsewhere was attendance at a school nearer home. Financial considerations were major determinants of institutional choice, and many of the applicants not enrolled anywhere cited financial difficulties as the chief reason. Final choice of an area of study caused many changed plans. About one-third of the male respondents not enrolled anywhere were in the armed forces. Marriage was the cause of nonattendance for about one-third of the women. A detailed analysis of the questionnaire results and comments is presented. (JS)
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Authoring Institution: Wisconsin State Univ., Stevens Point.