ERIC Number: ED201244
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
International and Domestic Undergraduates: Enrollment Trends and Characteristics.
Overall, J. U.
Selected comparisons of international and domestic undergraduates at the University of Southern California (USC) were undertaken, using data from the annual Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS) and the Undergraduate Student Survey. On-campus enrollment data for these two student groups are presented by sex for Fall 1978, 1979, and 1980. USC was the first choice of over two-thirds of international and domestic undergraduates. USC's academic prestige and the association of a USC degree with getting ahead professionally were the most important reasons undergraduates chose the school. Reactions of the two student groups to the following possible reasons for choosing to attend USC are presented: academic prestige, social prestige, parent's advice, teacher/counselor's advice, post-college social contacts, financial aid offer, course offerings, get ahead professionally, help get into graduate school, and be in Southern California. Business and engineering were the majors most attractive to international and domestic undergraduates. Engineering was the planned major for almost 30 percent of the international students as compared to only 11 percent of the domestic students. Business administration was the planned major for 23 percent of the international respondents and 20 percent of the domestic respondents. About 50 percent of USC's undergraduates planned to earn at least a master's degree during their careers; 37 percent of the international and 20 percent of the domestic undergraduates planned master's degrees at USC. Obtaining a degree was the most important academically related goal of both student groups. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, College Choice, College Programs, Comparative Analysis, Enrollment Influences, Enrollment Trends, Foreign Students, Higher Education, Majors (Students), Occupational Aspiration, Parent Influence, Reputation, Student Educational Objectives, Teacher Influence, Undergraduate Students
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Office of Institutional Studies.