ERIC Number: ED411748
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
A Profile of Incoming Freshman Students at the University of Maryland at College Park, 1996-97. Research Report #10-97.
Quinonez, Carolina; Sedlacek, William E.
The report is a comprehensive survey of incoming freshmen at the University of Maryland at College Park (UMCP). The profile includes 2493 new students surveyed during their summer 1997 orientation. The student make-up included 53 percent males and 47 percent females; 64 percent were Caucasian and 36 percent were from minority ethnic or racial groups. Among the minority groups, 14 percent considered themselves African-American and 12 percent Asian/Asian-American/Pacific Islander. Most of the students lived in residence halls. Among the findings were: (1) 57 percent felt high school had prepared them for college while 16 percent said high school had not prepared them well; (2) the most popular reasons for attending college were to get a better job and self-development; (3) most students intended to go on to graduate school; (4) reasons for choosing UMCP included cost, location, programs and reputation; (5) students expected the most difficult adjustment to college to be time management and efficient studying, and the easiest adjustment to be getting to know other students; (6) 46 percent said they would not work during their first year of school; and (7) 70 percent of students said they would likely use counseling services to help with education and career plans. (DM)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Asian Americans, Black Students, College Environment, College Freshmen, College Preparation, College Programs, Counseling Services, Employment Opportunities, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Hispanic Americans, Pacific Islanders, Student Behavior, Student Characteristics, Student Surveys, Study Skills, Time Management
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.