ERIC Number: ED263801
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
A Profile of Incoming Freshmen at the University of Maryland, College Park, 1984. Research Report No. 14-84.
Boyer, Susan P.; Sedlacek, William E.
Results of the University New Student Census and the Mini Census completed by 1,655 freshmen entering the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP), are presented. Half of the incoming freshmen were male and half were female, and 84 percent were White, 9 percent were Black, 5 percent were Asian American, and 3 percent were Hispanic. Important educational objectives were learning skills directly applicable to career goals (45 percent) and deciding on a career (19 percent). Thirty-three percent stated their primary reason for staying to complete a degree was to meet requirements for their chosen career, 25 percent persisted because they perceived that college graduates find better jobs, 7 percent believed that college graduates earn more money, and 20 percent felt that they must have the degree to enter graduate or professional school. Fifty-nine percent of the students related that UMCP was their first choice of schools. Information is also presented on: students' religious background, family characteristics, place of residence, educational background, living accommodations, expectations of college, attitudes toward college student concerns, personal philosophy, extracurricular activities, UMCP social responsibilities, and male-female differences. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, College Choice, College Freshmen, Education Work Relationship, Educational Background, Family Characteristics, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Occupational Aspiration, State Universities, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student College Relationship
Counseling Center, Shoemaker Building, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.