ERIC Number: ED203751
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Profile of USC Entering Freshmen, Fall, 1980. Research Notes No. 38-41.
Fidler, Paul P.
A profile of entering freshmen at the University of South Carolina (USC), Columbia campus, for fall 1980 is presented. Information was obtained from the responses of 2,166 students (approximately 65 percent of the freshmen class) to a questionnaire prepared by the American Council on Education. Comparisons are also made to national norms, based on the responses of 355 colleges and universities. Statistical data are presented on the following: age, racial background, average grade in high school, highest degree planned anywhere, reasons noted as very important in selecting USC, estimated parental income, probable major field of study, political orientation, residence planned during fall term, future estimations concerning educational and career plans, views on controversial issues, and objectives considered important. Among the findings are the following: the percentages of USC entering freshmen by age level were generally the same as the national norms; female entering freshmen were more likely to be younger than 18 both at USC and in the national norms; male entering freshmen were more likely to be 19 and older in both the USC and national samples; a larger percentage of black male (67 percent) and black female (77 percent) entering freshmen at USC planned to pursue postbaccalaureate degrees than did white males (63.4 percent) and white females (53.3 percent), and these percentages were also higher than the university national norms (male, 58.9 percent; female, 53 percent). (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Age, Black Students, College Choice, College Freshmen, Comparative Analysis, Grades (Scholastic), Higher Education, Institutional Research, Majors (Students), National Norms, Occupational Aspiration, Race, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: South Carolina Univ., Columbia. Career Planning and Placement Center.