Robert Reis II
Office of Institutional Research
February 26, 2004
number of new freshmen enrolled at the University of North
Dakota in the Fall
Semester of 2003 totaled 2,194. While participating in “Getting
Started” during the
summer of 2003, 1,497 students (68.2%) completed the 40-item
Research Program (CIRP) New Freshmen survey along with the
Of the 1,497
respondents, 747 male students (49.9%) and 750 female students
(50.1%) were represented. The majority of the respondents
to the 2003 CIRP New Freshman
Survey were eighteen years old (56.9%), white (97.1%), graduated from high school
2003 (97.7%), speak English as their native language (99.5%), and a U.S. citizen
permanent resident (99.8%)
Close to half (49.0%) of UND new freshmen reported A+, A, or A- as their average
in high school. This decreased slightly from last year (50.8%) although the national
percentage increased over the past year.
The majority (86.4%) of UND new
freshmen plan to live in a college dormitory.
percentage of UND new freshmen report having some concern about their ability
finance their college education (62.6%).
Compared to their national counterparts (10.1%), 4.5% of UND new freshmen plan
study within the fields of Arts and Humanities. UND new freshmen chose the following
areas less often than their national counterparts: Biological Sciences (3.3%
National), Business (13.2% UND, 14.7% National), Engineering (11.4% UND, 13.8%
National), Social Science (6.2% UND, 9.7% National), Technical (1.0% UND, 1.5%
National). UND new freshmen chose the following fields more often or at the same
as their national colleagues: Education (5.2% UND, 5.1% National), Physical Science
(3.6% UND, 3.0% National), Professional (24.3% UND, 17.3% National), Other fields
(11.5% UND, 7.2% National), and Undecided (15.7% UND, 8.0% National).
The top three objectives considered
to be essential or very important for UND
freshmen were being very well off financially (78.2% UND, 75.9% National), raising
family (76.3% UND, 74.5% National), and helping others who are in difficulty
UND, 62.5% National).
The top five reasons noted as
very important in the 2003 UND new freshmen deciding
go to college were to be able to get a better job (80.5% UND, 71.6% National),
training for a specific career (79.7% UND, 70.0% National), to be able to make
money (75.3% UND, 71.6% National), to learn more about things that interest me
(73.7% UND, 77.1% National), and to gain a general education and appreciation
ideas (57.2% UND, 64.9% National).
The top three reasons influencing
student’s decision to attend this particular
this college has a very good academic reputation (54.1% UND, 56.7% National),
college has a good reputation for its social activities (27.4% UND, 30.5% National),
a visit to the campus (26.2% UND, 31.9% National).
Thirty-seven percent of the UND
new freshmen would want employment in North Dakota after graduation, 17% would
not, and 46% reported being unsure.