Factors Influencing Students College Choice at Traditional and Metropolitan Universities.Report as inadecuate

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This study examined differences in ratings between students in a metropolitan university system and traditional university freshmen on a set of factors that influence college choice. Data in regard to factors influencing college choice was collected from a sample of 1,795 University of South Florida (USF) freshmen and 1,108 USF students at various levels, and compared to similar data from 210,739 freshmen entering 431 institutions in 1991-92 who responded to the annual survey of college freshmen conducted by the American Council of Education and the Higher Education Research Institute. It was found that while the same factors were important and had an influence on college choice among all three groups, academic reputation was ranked higher (first) by traditional university freshmen compared to USF freshmen (who ranked it fifth) and USF students overall (who ranked it sixth). It was also found that while traditional university freshmen rated "graduates get good jobs" highly (second), USF students overall rated it much lower (thirteenth). Among USF students, the academic reputation of an institution was perceived by the majority as being based on the use of cutting edge technology, using technology in the classrooms, and having a quality library on campus. (Contains 15 references.) (MDM)

Descriptors: College Choice, College Freshmen, College Students, Employment Potential, Enrollment Influences, Higher Education, Reputation, Selective Colleges, Technology, Urban Universities

Author: Wajeeh, Emad M.; Micceri, Ted

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=10233&id=ED416727

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