ERIC Number: ED409768
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Who Are Our Students and What Are Their First Semester Experiences? A Look at Fall 1995 New Freshmen. Research Report 97-01.
Belcheir, Marcia J.
This report provides the results of a study designed to assess the type of student who chooses to enroll at Boise State University (BSU) in Idaho and what these students experience during their first semester. It is based upon information available from school records for 1,497 Fall 1995 first-time-in-college students who indicated that they were degree-seeking and were enrolled in an academic program, supplemented by a survey given to students in the First Year Experience Seminar and several sections of an Introduction to Psychology course. The study found that BSU's freshman class was fairly reflective of other freshman classes around the country, though only 72 percent of the students indicated that they actually planned to get a degree from BSU. Popular majors included general business, elementary education, psychology, criminal justice, and nursing. At the end of the first semester about 65 percent of freshmen had a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher, and 90 percent of this group re-enrolled in the spring semester. For students with a first semester GPA of less than 2.0, only 66 percent returned. An appendix contains a copy of the student survey. (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Boise State Univ., ID.