Office of Institutional Research
March 10, 2005
The purpose of this
study is to assess why students leave the university before
completing graduation. During the early
fall semester of 2004, the Office of Institutional Research
surveyed the students who were
enrolled for fall semester 2003 but did not return for spring
semester 2004 or fall semester 2004. The 2004 ACT
Withdrawing/Non-Returning Student Survey (short form) was
mailed to 700 students. Overall, 94 students
responded to the survey for a net response rate of 14.2%.
This study provides background information on the
non-returning respondents and their reasons for leaving this
(percentage of respondents shown in parenthesis)
- Female composed the larger percentage of non-returning
- Nine-tenths of the respondents ranged from 19 years
to 25 years of age (89%).
- Three-fourths of the respondents were freshmen
and sophomores (73%).
- The majority of the respondents were Caucasian
- Most of the respondents were unmarried
- Most of the respondents were enrolled
full-time before leaving UND (94%).
- The major reason for attending UND
was to obtain a bachelor’s degree (68%).
- Four out of ten respondents lived
on campus while attending at UND
- Three out of four respondents paid
in-state tuition while attending
at UND (76%).
of the respondents declared North Dakota as their
- Three-fourths of the respondents
planned to enroll in college
for the coming
- Two-thirds of the respondents
did not plan to re-enroll
at UND (62%).