ERIC Number: EJ746585
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 29
Do First-Year College Students' Expectations Align with Their First-Year Experiences?
Smith, Joshua S.; Wertlieb, Ellen C.
NASPA Journal, v42 n2 p153-174 Win 2005
First-year college students' expectations about "what college is like" do not always align with their actual experiences. This study examined 31 first-year students' social and academic expectations and compared those expectations with students' experiences at the middle and end of their first year of college. Paired t tests revealed that students' academic and social expectations did not align with their first-year experiences. Academic and social expectations/experiences were not statistically significant predictors of first-year academic achievement. However, students with unrealistic high social or academic expectations had lower first-year grade point averages (GPAs) than students with average or below-average expectations. Recommendations for increasing high school and college collaboration to assist students with the transition to college are included.
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Expectation, Educational Experience, Social Experience, Academic Achievement, Grade Point Average, Females, Comparative Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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