ERIC Number: ED187265
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of Prospective Students Who Declined the Offer to Attend Shippensburg State College in September 1978.
Ernakovich, Donald G.; And Others
The reasons why academically qualified prospective students offered admission to Shippensburg State College for the fall semester 1978-79 did not matriculate were studied. Study goals were to determine factors that may have influenced their decision, identify the colleges and universities chosen by the students and the reasons for their choice, and to assess the effects of the college's recruitment and admissions policies and practices upon prospective students. Students who were offered admission and did not matriculate (773 first-time freshmen and 73 transfer students) were mailed a questionnaire. Usable responses were obtained from 41 prospective transfer students and 426 prospective first-time freshmen. The following information was obtained from the application forms of students not matriculating: sex, program applied for, high school rank in class, College Entrance Examination Board Scholastic Aptitude Test scores, and county of origin. First-time freshmen who matriculated elsewhere cited the following reasons: impressed with the quality of the program or the scholastic reputation of the school, impressed with the buildings and campus, preferred to attend a college closer to home, selected an area of study not available at Shippensburg, and preferred a larger school. A sample questionnaire is included. (SW)
Descriptors: College Admission, College Applicants, College Bound Students, College Choice, College Freshmen, College Transfer Students, Decision Making, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Reputation, State Colleges, Student Recruitment
Office of Institutional Planning and Research, Shippensburg State College, Shippensburg, PA 17257
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Shippensburg State Coll., PA.