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ERIC Number: ED031143
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968-Apr
Pages: 22
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Influences on College Choice.
Stordahl, K. E.
Reasons given by students for their selection of Northern Michigan University and the relationship between these reasons and selected demographic and academic characteristics were the major concerns of this study. Data about 1966 freshmen were obtained from university records, and from an 18-item questionnaire on college choice with high loadings on 4 factors of influence: intellectual emphasis, practicality, advice of others, and social emphasis. Analysis of variance was used to discover differences in scores on each 3-point influence scale between 8 groups of 55 students each: Upper and Lower Michigan residents, males and females, and those who graduated in upper and lower halves of their high school classes. Most of the differences found among the groups were small. The more academically able students --particularly females-- from lower socioeconomic groups in Upper Michigan emphasized practical matters such as cost and distance, but not students from upper socioeconomic families in Lower Michigan who were lower achievers yet had expected to go to college. Practicality seemed to be correlated with first semester academic performance, since students in the Lower Michigan group who were most influenced by this factor tended to achieve more academically than others who were not. Social factors were only slightly more important to Lower Michigan students. Both groups stressed intellectual factors but not the advice of others, and females emphasized intellectual considerations more than males. (WM)
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Authoring Institution: Northern Michigan Univ., Marquette. Institutional Research Office.