Office of Institutional Research
March 29, 2005
The number of new freshmen
enrolled at the University of North Dakota in the Fall Semester of 2004 totaled
While participating in “Getting Started” during
the summer of 2004, 1,523 students (70.2%) completed the
41-item Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP)
New Freshmen survey along with the additional 17-item supplemental
Of the 1,523 respondents, 819 male students
(53.8%) and 704 female students (46.2%) were represented.
of the respondents to the 2004 CIRP New Freshman Survey were
eighteen years old (50.8%), white (96.5%), and graduated
from high school in 2004 (97.2%).
Close to half (48.8%) of UND new freshmen
reported A+, A, or A- as their average grade in high school.
continues to be decreasing which is in direct contrast to
the slight increases seen in the national percentages.
The majority (85.2%) of UND new freshmen
plan to live in a college dormitory. A large percentage of
UND new freshmen
report having some concern about their ability to finance
their college education (60.8%).
Compared to their national counterparts,
UND freshmen appear to be less confident than their national
in areas of Academic Ability (UND 67.8%; National 76.0%),
Artistic Ability (UND 22.8%, National 30.3%), Creativity
(UND 48.0%; National 55.0%), Mathematical Ability (UND 44.6%;
National 51.6%), and Writing Ability (UND 39.9%; National
Seventy-two percent of the UND new freshmen
plan to graduate from UND in four years, 18.4% plan to graduate
from UND in
more than four years, while 3.6% plan to transfer elsewhere
before graduating from UND.
The top three objectives considered to
be essential or very important for UND new freshmen were
o being very well off financially (76.4% UND, 75.5% National),
o raising a family (76.1% UND, 75.0% National),
o helping others who are in difficulty (56.0% UND, 60.6%
The top five reasons noted as very important
in the 2004 UND new freshmen deciding to go to college were
o to get training for a specific career (81.7% UND, 74.2%
o to be able to get a better job (76.7% UND, 73.0% National),
o to be able to make more money (74.0% UND, 71.3% National),
o to learn more about things that interest me (72.5% UND,
o to gain a general education and appreciation of ideas (58.6%
UND, 64.7% National).
The top three
reasons influencing student’s decision
to attend this particular college were
o this college has a very good academic reputation (62.0%
UND, 58.8% National),
o this college’s graduates get good jobs (UND 52.5%;
o this college has a good reputation for its social activities
(43.7% UND, 30.6% National).
Only 9% of
the respondents did not access UND’s
Website to gain information and 27.7% visited the website
more than six times.
Forty percent of the UND new freshmen would
want employment in North Dakota after graduation, 17% would
not, and 43%
reported being unsure.