ERIC Number: ED424849
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Who Goes to America's Highly Ranked "National" Universities? Statistics in Brief.
Owings, Jeff; Madigan, Timothy; Daniel, Bruce
This report examines characteristics of students who enroll in the 50 highly selective universities identified by "U.S. News and World Report" as "Tier 1 National Universities." It explores whether achievement, course-taking patterns, participation in extracurricular activities, having a computer at home, or type of high school attended help predict enrollment of students in these institutions. Data from the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 and the 1995 institutional rankings by "U.S. News and World Report" were combined for the analysis. The study found that overall, 10 percent of 1991-92 high school graduates who attended four-year institutions attended Tier 1 universities; Asian/Pacific Islanders were more than twice as likely as Hispanics, blacks, or whites to attend Tier 1 institutions; in 1988 eighth graders with computers at home were twice as likely as others to attend Tier 1 institutions; students scoring 1100 or higher on the Scholastic Assessment Tests were almost five times as likely as those with lower scores to attend Tier 1 institutions; students who earned a 3.5 or higher grade point average and/or took calculus, physics, and advanced foreign languages were three to four times more likely to attend these institutions. The study also examined such variables as socioeconomic status, gender, and high school characteristics. Technical notes are appended. (Contains 11 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, College Choice, High Achievement, Higher Education, Selective Admission, Student Characteristics, Tables (Data)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.