ERIC Number: ED201245
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
First-Time International and Domestic Freshmen: Enrollment Trends and Characteristics.
Overall, J. U.
Selected comparisons of first-time international and domestic freshmen at the University of Southern California (USC) were undertaken, using data from the annual Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS) and the American Council on Education Freshman 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 at least 75 percent of the entering international and domestic freshmen, and female freshmen were more likely than male freshmen to make USC their first choice. Academic reputation was selected by about 75 percent of the entering international and domestic freshmen as their reason for choosing to attend USC. Reactions of the two groups of students to the following possible reasons for choosing to attend USC are presented: academic reputation, USC student advice, special educational programs, relative's influence, friend's influence, and financial assistance. Business, engineering and "other professional" were the areas most attractive to international and domestic freshmen. Academic majors planned by at least 10 percent of respondents to the 1980 Fall Freshman Survey are indicated. Domestic female freshmen appeared somewhat more likely to select social science and "other professional" (architecture, pharmacy, pre-dentistry, pre-medicine, and public administration) than domestic male freshmen; international male freshmen also appeared more likely to select engineering and "other professional" but less likely to select business than international female freshmen. About half of the two student groups planned to earn at least a bachelor's degree at USC, and almost a third of the international students planned USC studies through the master's level. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, College Choice, College Freshmen, College Programs, Comparative Analysis, Enrollment Influences, Enrollment Trends, Foreign Students, Higher Education, Majors (Students), Occupational Aspiration, Parent Influence, Reputation, Student Educational Objectives, Teacher Influence
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Office of Institutional Studies.