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ERIC Number: ED408001
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Pages: 56
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Non-Matriculant Survey Report, Fall 1995.
Cunningham, Stephen
In fall 1995, Pennsylvania College of Technology undertook a study of students who were accepted for admission but did not enroll to determine their reasons for not enrolling. Surveys were mailed to the 1,619 students, out of 3,524 accepted in fall 1995, who did not enroll, receiving responses from 52.4% (n=849). Study results included the following: (1) response rates varied significantly by age and family income, with non-matriculants 20 or younger more likely to respond than those over 20 and those with family incomes under $30,000 less likely than those with family incomes over $40,000; (2) only 48% of non-local applicants matriculated in fall 1995, compared to 60% for the local 10-county area; (3) applicants with deficient academic preparation were less likely to actually enroll than those with adequate preparation; (4) only 48% of the applicants who expected to be employed part-time, but over 20 hours per week, matriculated, compared to 57% expecting to work full-time and 55% expecting not to work at all; (5) the primary reason for not enrolling was choosing another college, while explanations given for choosing another college included the distance from home, uncertain career goals, unsatisfactory housing, and expected costs; and (6) 16% indicated they had postponed college until spring 1996, while 32% indicated that they had postponed until fall 1996. The survey instrument and cover letters are appended. (HAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania Coll. of Technology, Williamsport. Office of Strategic Planning and Research.