ERIC Number: ED083893
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Oct
Reference Count: 0
"Older" Freshmen: Do They Differ from "Typical" Undergraduates?
Holmstrom, Engin I.
This report examines the educational experiences and progress of freshmen who are 20 years of age or older at the time of matriculation. Data were obtained from questionnaire responses of a sample consisting of 18,848 first-time full-time freshmen in fall 1967 and a subsample of 63,510 students in 1971. Data indicated: (1) Only 5% of the entering freshmen in 1967 were 20 years or older. (2) Older students tended to enroll in public rather than private institutions. (3) Nearly three out of four older students were men. (4) Older students made slightly lower high school grades than did average-age students. (5) Older students differed from average-age students in their undergraduate activities, aspirations, achievements, and in some of their attitudes. (6) Older students made lower college undergraduate grade-point averages than did average-age students, except in two-year colleges. (7) A greater proportion of older students planned to get no more than the baccalaureate. (8) Among older students, men enrolled in universities were more likely to attain the baccaulaureate in four years than were women. (9) Older students in highly selective institutions or in four-year colleges were more likely to complete the B.A. than were older students enrolled in other types of institutions. (Author)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Age, Age Differences, College Freshmen, Educational Experience, Higher Education, Questionnaires, Research Projects, Student Characteristics
Publications Division, American Council on Education, One Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C. 20036 ($3.00)
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Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC. Office of Research.