ERIC Number: ED328165
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
A Profile of Incoming Freshmen at the University of Maryland, College Park, 1990. Research Report 14-90.
Gerrity, Deborah A.; Sedlacek, William E.
A sample of 725 out of 3,241 incoming freshmen to the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) were administered the University New Student Census (UNSC) to determine a group profile for 1990. A selection of basic statistics included the following: (1) 53% of the incoming freshmen were male, and 71% were white; (2) approximately 20% had an A or A+ average in high school, and slightly more than 66% had a B or B+ average; and (3) the average high school GPA (grade point average) for all first-time freshmen was 3.00, and the mean SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) score was 1,086. Student responses revealed that about 33% were attending college to get a better job, and their choice of UMCP was because they wanted a good education. All but 1% planned to get at least a baccalaureate degree. Attaining a Master's (M.A. or M.S.) degree was most popular, and 33% of the students planned on attaining a higher degree (doctoral, law, medical, or divinity). Additionally, more than 33% of the students thought incoming freshmen would cheat on exams if they thought they wouldn't get caught, that the two most important issues to solve in society were the ecology/pollution problem and drug abuse, and both men and women said they were not encouraged to explore nontraditional interests in their high school studies and activities. (GLR)
Descriptors: Academic Aptitude, Academic Aspiration, Census Figures, College Freshmen, Extracurricular Activities, High School Graduates, High Schools, Higher Education, Responses, Scores, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Student Evaluation, Student Interests
Division of Testing, Research, and Data Processing, The Counseling Center, Shoemaker Building, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.