lore m. dickey
Office of Institutional Research
January 31, 2008
The purpose of this study is to assess why students leave the university before completing graduation. During the early fall semester of 2007, the Office of Institutional Research surveyed the students who were enrolled for fall semester 2006 but did not return for spring semester 2007 or fall semester 2007. The 2007 ACT Withdrawing/Non-Returning Student Survey (short form) was mailed to 876 students. Overall, 113 students responded to the survey for a net response rate of 12.9%. 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 (65%).
Almost all respondents ranged from 19 years to 25 years of age (93%).
More than one-half of the respondents were freshmen and sophomores (67%).
The majority of the respondents were Caucasian (93%).
Most of the respondents were unmarried (94%).
Most of all respondents were enrolled full-time before leaving UND (98%).
The major reason for attending UND was to obtain a bachelor's degree (69%).
One out of two respondents lived on campus while attending UND (53%).
Three-fourths of the respondents paid in-state tuition while attending UND (79%).
Two-thirds of the respondents declared North Dakota as their state of residence (68%).
More than half of the respondents planned to enroll in college for the coming year (61%).
Two-thirds of the respondents did not plan to re-enroll at UND (67%).