ERIC Number: ED256273
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The First Year at UC Davis: New Students' Reactions to Campus Life. Research Report No. 9.
Kroll, Bonnie L.
Reactions of freshmen and transfer students to campus life during the first year at the University of California (UC), Davis, were studied, with consideration to the evaluation of support services for educationally disadvantaged students, specially-admitted students, and minorities. Comparative findings for the other undergraduate UC campuses are also provided. Attention was directed to changes in interests and degree/career aspirations, degree of preparedness for academic studies, and students' suggestions for changing support services. Findings include the following: 92 percent of students would recommend UC Davis to a friend; the most demanding aspect of the first few months at UC Davis was the difficult coursework; 9 out of 10 students were satisfied with the friendliness of other students, the library facilities, and the opportunity to participate in both ethnic/cultural events and sports; 60 percent of new students were satisfied with relationships with faculty members or average class sizes; 60 percent of new students planned to attain a postgraduate degree; and while about four out of five students had a specific career plan when they entered UC Davis in the fall, by spring 28 percent had changed their career goals. Appendices include a student questionnaire. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, College Freshmen, College Transfer Students, Educational Background, Educationally Disadvantaged, High Risk Students, Higher Education, Minority Groups, Occupational Aspiration, Open Enrollment, Questionnaires, Selective Admission, State Universities, Student Attitudes, Student College Relationship, Student Interests, Student Personnel Services
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Davis. Office of Student Affairs Research and Information.