ACT Withdrawing/Non-Returning Student Survey - 2006

Executive Summary:
Jean Chen
Carmen Williams
Office of Institutional Research
April 30, 2007

The purpose of this study is to assess why students leave the university before completing graduation. During the early fall semester of 2006, the Office of Institutional Research surveyed the students who were enrolled for fall semester 2005 but did not return for spring semester 2006 or fall semester 2006. The 2006 ACT Withdrawing/Non-Returning Student Survey (short form) was mailed to 400 students. Overall, 55 students responded to the survey for a net response rate of 16.3%. This survey consisted of demographic and background questions along with a total of 48 reasons why students did not continue at UND. Some of the findings include:

  • Female composed the larger percentage of non-returning respondents (61%)
  • Almost all respondents ranged from 19 years to 25 years of age (98%)
  • More than one-half of the respondents were freshmen and sophomores (54%)
  • The majority of the respondents were Caucasian (98%)
  • Most of the respondents were unmarried (94%)
  • Most of the respondents were enrolled full-time before leaving UND (98%)
  • The major reason for attending UND was to obtain a bachelorís degree (80%)
  • One our of four respondents lived on campus while attending UND (26%)
  • Two-thirds of the respondents paid in-state tuition while attending UND (68%)
  • Two-thirds of the respondents declared North Dakota as their state of residence (66%)
  • Two-thirds of the respondents planned to enroll in college for the coming year (70%)
  • Two-thirds of the respondents did not plan to re-enroll at UND (69%)
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