UND 2004 CIRP New Freshmen Survey

Executive Summary:

Becky Brady
Carmen Williams
Jean Chen
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 2,169. 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 questions.

Of the 1,523 respondents, 819 male students (53.8%) and 704 female students (46.2%) were represented. The majority 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. This trend 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 counterparts 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 46.4%).

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% National).

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% National),
   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, 77.6% National),
   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%; National 49.6%),
   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.

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