1997 New Freshmen Survey

Introduction

In May 1997, new freshmen registering to begin in the fall were surveyed to learn about their motivations for attending college and their reasons for selecting UW-Green Bay. As of July, 790 students had completed the surveys. This represents approximately 85% of the new freshmen who had registered. Because the majority of the surveys were completed during the SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration) sessions, the sample may underrepresent populations that are less likely to attend SOAR (e.g., older students, international students, and students who applied and registered late). The survey instrument did not collect any personal identifiers.

Table 1.  Reasons to Attend College. Part 1, Items 1 and 2.

  Percent Rated #1 Percent Indicating
"Very Important"
To be able to get a better job 45% 84%
To learn about things that interest me 20% 71%
To prepare for graduate or professional school 11% 50%
To gain a general education 10% 63%
To be able to make more money 9% 58%
To get away from home 2% 17%
My parents wanted me to go 1% 10%

Table 2.  Choice of Schools.  Part 1, Item 3.

UW-Green Bay is my first choice 75%
UW-Green Bay is my second choice 22%
UW-Green Bay is my third choice (or less) 3%

Table 3.  Top Ten Reasons to Attend UW-Green Bay.  Part 1, 5 & 6.

  Percent Rated #1 Percent Indicating
"Very Important"
Programs/majors 27% 69%
Graduates get good jobs 14% 63%
Good academic reputation 10% 48%
Campus appearance and facilities 7% 46%
Low tuition 8% 44%
Type of campus housing 3% 43%
Size 5% 35%
Wanted to live near home 12% 29%
Graduates get into top graduate schools 3% 29%
Good reputation for social activities 1% 26%

Table 4.  Likelihood of Various Things Happening.  Part 2, Item 1.

  Not at all Somewhat likely Very likely
Get a job to help pay college expenses 5% 27% 68%
Make at least a B average 1% 35% 64%
Change majors 28% 52% 19%
Transfer to another college 34% 52% 14%
Work full-time while attending college 53% 36% 11%
Attend summer sessions 40% 56% 4%
Drop out temporarily or permanently 94% 6%

Table 5.  Highest Degrees Earned by Mother and Father, and Planned by Student.   Part 2, Item 3 and Part 3, Item 6

  Earned by Mother Earned by Father Planned by Student
High School or less 46% 43% -
Some college 28% 25% 2%
Bachelor's degree 17% 20% 33%
Graduate degree 9% 12% 65%

Table 6.  Top Ten Words or Word-Groups Describing UW-Green Bay.

  n Percent
Friendly 241 31%
Fun/exciting/cool 180 23%
Pretty/beautiful/lovely/scenic 128 16%
Small/smaller 112 14%
Nice 75 9%
Close 69 9%
Clean/neat/tidy 59 7%
Helpful 57 7%
Affordable/cheap/inexpensive/deal 46 6%
Bathrooms/dorms/housing 38 5%

Students used a wide range of words to describe the physical setting of the campus: spacious, open, quiet, cozy, comfortable, peaceful, serene, secluded, safe, natural, etc. They also used a variety of words to describe the university's personnel: attentive, approachable, caring, cheerful, concerned, courteous, dedicated, easy going, honest, kind, personable, polite, professional, qualified, respectful, sincere, etc.