ERIC Number: ED101609
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Accepted Applicant Survey-1972 and 1973: Important Criteria in Choosing a College, and Perceptions of Hofstra by Students Who Did Not Attend. Report No. 107.
Metlay, W.; And Others
In 1972 and 1973, a 37-item questionnaire, the Accepted Application Survey (AAS), was mailed to a number of students. In the 1972 study the focus was on applicants accepted by Hofstra but who decided not to attend (no-shows). Approximately 45 percent of the 1972 population completed and returned the questionnaire. In 1973, the questionnaire was mailed to both no-shows and those who did attend. In the former and latter categories, 28 percent and 31 percent, respectively, completed and returned the questionnaire. The AAS was designed to elicit certain kinds of information about factors relevant to university life. Such factors include academic, location, financial, social activities, external advice, and a general category that includes items that are mixtures of two or more factors. Findings indicate: (1) No-shows rated their attended university more positively than they did Hofstra, although they rated Hofstra in a positive manner as well. (2) In 1973, more than 50 percent of the no-shows rated Hofstra positively on the following academic items: academic reputation, course offerings, availability of desired major, innovative curriculum, and quality of the faculty. (3) The positive rated items included under location were: commuting convenience, easy access to home for residential students, and general geographic location. (4) Under social activities, the positive items were: degree of freedom allowed students, extra-curricular activities, and dorms available. Appendixes include the applicants' survey and the accepted applicants' survey. Statistical tables accompany the text. (Author/PG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hofstra Univ., Hempstead, NY. Center for the Study of Higher Education.