ACT Withdrawing/Non-Returning Student Survey - 2005

Executive Summary:
Jean Chen
Carmen Williams
Office of Institutional Research
March 6, 2006

The purpose of this study is to assess why students leave the university before completing graduation. During the early fall semester of 2005, the Office of Institutional Research surveyed the students who were enrolled for fall semester 2004 but did not return for spring semester 2005 or fall semester 2005. The 2005 ACT Withdrawing/Non-Returning Student Survey (short form) was mailed to 686 students. Overall, 95 students responded to the survey for a net response rate of 15.2%. This survey that was administered consisted of demographic and background questions along with a total of 48 reasons why students did not continue at UND. Background Information (percentage of respondents shown in parenthesis)

  • Female composed the larger percentage of non-returning respondents (60%)
  • Almost all respondents ranged from 19 years to 25 years of age (98%)
  • Three-fourths of the respondents were freshmen and sophomores (75%)
  • The majority of the respondents were Caucasian (98%)
  • Most of the respondents were unmarried (95%)
  • All respondents were enrolled full-time before leaving UND (100%)
  • The major reason for attending UND was to obtain a bachelor's degree (68%)
  • Four out of ten respondents lived on campus while attending UND (38%)
  • Three out of four respondents paid in-state tuition while attending UND (73%)
  • Two-thirds of the respondents declared North Dakota as their state of residence (69%)
  • Four-fifths of the respondents planned to enroll in college for the coming year (80%)
  • Three-fourths of the respondents did not plan to re-enroll at UND (73%)
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