ERIC Number: ED217814
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
A Profile of the Incoming Freshmen at the University of Maryland, College Park, 1981. Research Report #13-81
Leong, Frederick T. L.; Sedlacek, William E.
Results of the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP), 1981 University, New Student Census, which is based on data from both the 1-day and the 2-day freshmen orientation programs, are presented. The total sample consisted of 1,454 entering freshmen. Eighty-five percent of the students were white, 7 percent were black, 3 percent were Asian-American, 2 percent Hispanic, and 0.5 percent American Indian or Alaskan. The students came from families with a median family income of $35,000 annually. For over 60 percent of the students, UMCP was their first choice of all the colleges they applied to for admission. In regard to academic aspirations, 36 percent expected to earn a bachelor's degree, 35 percent a master's degree, and 24 percent a doctorate or professional degree. Over 80 percent of the incoming freshmen indicated that they sometimes felt anxious about succeeding in college, while 8 percent disagreed. Studying efficiently, budgeting time wisely, and selecting a field of study and/or career were considered to be the hardest parts of adjusting to college. Information was also obtained on the following areas: father's and mother's level of education, size of their high school class, their high school course of study, high school rank, extracurricular activities in high school, factors that contributed to their development during the last year, their study skills and habits, career plans, work experience, social and political attitudes, sex role attitudes, and attitudes toward the UMCP. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, College Choice, College Freshmen, Educational Background, Enrollment Influences, Family Characteristics, Family Income, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Occupational Aspiration, Racial Distribution, State Universities, Student Adjustment, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Study Habits
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.