2000 First-Year Student Survey

This document lists survey questions and response options for the 2000 First-Year Student Survey. To view frequency distributions of responses to a question, click on the question number.

1. How many colleges did you apply to this year, including NC State? 1 2 3 4 5
2. After applying for admission to NC State, did you receive a phone call or phone calls from any of the following people? (yes or no)
a. An NC State faculty or staff member
b. A current NC State student
c. A graduate of NC State
3. After applying for admission to NC State, did you receive a letter from someone other than the admissions office? (yes or no)
4. Overall, how would you rate the NC State Virtual Advising Center Web site? (If you didn't know about it before coming to orientation, just say so.)
Didn't know about Excellent Fair
Know about but never used Good Poor
5. To what extent did each of the following factors influence your decision to attend NC State? Using the scale below, please enter the number closest to your opinion for each factor listed.
5=very strong influence, 4=strong influence, 3=moderate influence, 2=weak influence, 1=very weak influence, 0=not applicable
a. Academic reputation k. Campus visit prior to orientation
b. Cost l. Contact with a current student
c. Location m. Contact with a faculty or staff member
d. Size n. Contact with a graduate
e. Availability o. Letter from someone other than admissions Office
f. Recommended by a friend, family member, teacher, counselor, etc. p. Attendance at a College Fair
g. Number of hours transferred/credited q. Publications from NC State
h. Level of support for my intended major r. Extracurricular opportunities
i. Facilities and resources available s. Acceptance into the First Year College Program
j. Scholarships/financial aid available t. Other (please specify)
6. Using the list from question 5, please select the single most influential factor in your decision to attend NC State, and fill in the letter below.
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t ß Single Most Influential Factor
For questions 7-9, please rate your satisfaction with the quality of that area at NC State. Use the following scale: 4 = very satisfied, 3=moderately satisfied, 2=moderately dissatisfied, 1=very dissatisfied, 0=Don't know/Didn't use
7. How satisfied were you with the university admissions process?
8. How satisfied were you with your departmental admissions process?
9. How satisfied were you with the university financial aid process (the process for applying for aid, not the award amount)?
Please use the following scale for questions 10 and 11: 3=well prepared, 2=adequately prepared, 1=poorly prepared
10. How well do you think your high school prepared you for college?
11. How well do you think you prepared yourself for college?
12. How certain are you about your choice of a college major?
Very certain Certain Uncertain Very uncertain
13. What is your primary goal or objective for attending NC State? (Mark only one.)
To obtain a bachelor's degree or certificate only To improve knowledge, technical skills, and/or competencies required for current profession
To obtain a bachelor's degree as preparation for graduate or professional school To take courses for personal interest
To obtain a bachelor's degree as preparation for a new career or profession Other (please specify)
14. What is the highest level of education you plan to complete?
Certificate (Agricultural Institute only) Doctoral degree (Ph.D., Ed.D.) Law Degree (JD)
Doctoral Degree (Ph.D., Ed.D.) Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM Divinity Degree (M.Div, D.Min)
Master's degree (MA, MS, MBA) Medical Degree (MD) Do not intend to complete a degree
15. How long do you intend to take to complete your bachelor's degree at NC State?
Less than 4 years 5 years Do not intend to complete bachelor's degree at NC State
4 years 5 ½ years
4 ½ years 6 or more years
16. What will your enrollment status (course load) be during your first semester at NC State?
15 credit hours of classes or more 12 - 14 credit hours of classes Less than 12 credit hours of classes
17. If you will be enrolling for less than 15 credit hours during your first semester, please indicate the reason(s) below.
Will need to work Was advised to carry a lighter load by my advisor Combination of credit hours would have been too much if I had taken another big course
Courses wanted were not available Was completing degree requirements and did not need more courses Family responsibilities
Want to be able to make better grades Participated in an internship, co-op, practicum, student teaching, or international study Other (please specify)
18. Below is a list of knowledge, skills, and personal development goals held by NC State for your undergraduate preparation.
In the left-hand column, please indicate your current level of development using the following scale: 5=very high, 4=high, 3=average, 2=low, 1=very low, 0=don't know In the right-hand column, please rate how important this goal is to you right now, using the following scale: 5=very important, 4=important, 3=moderately important, 2=of limited importance, 1=not important, 0=don't know
Current Development
General Education Goals
Goal Importance
Acquiring a broad general education
Ability to communicate ideas in writing
Ability to communicate ideas orally
Developing good listening skills
Developing good reading comprehension skills
Ability to apply mathematics skills
Understanding how science and technology influence everyday life
Ability to apply scientific principles
Developing computer skills
Ability to critically analyze events, information and ideas
Ability to plan and carry out projects independently
Understanding diverse cultures and values
Current Development
Personal Development Goals
Goal Importance
Taking responsibility for my own behavior
Viewing learning as a lifelong process
Recognizing and acting upon ethical principles
Improving leadership and management skills
Ability to function as part of a team
Being involved with public and community affairs
Understanding my own abilities and interests
Developing a commitment to personal health and fitness
Having self-confidence
Realizing my potential for success
Clarifying personal identity
Coping with change
Being independent and self-reliant
Handling stress
Managing my time
Having self-discipline
Current Development
World View Goals
Goal Importance
Understanding issues and problems facing the world
Understanding the present as it relates to historical events/processes
Being able to interact and work with people from diverse backgrounds
Advancing my appreciation of the arts, music and literature
Having a tolerance for different points of view
Valuing gender equity
Valuing racial equity
Please indicate if you play any of the following instruments. (Mark all that apply.)
Violin/Viola Oboe/Bassoon Trombone/Baritone/Euphonium/ 


Cello/Double Bass Clarinet/Saxophone Tympani/Mallet/Percussion
Flute/Piccolo French Horn/Trumpet/Cornet Bagpipes
20. Please indicate any disability you may have. (Mark all that apply.)
Legally bind Hard of hearing/deaf Other (please specify)
Mobility impairment Learning Disability/Attention Deficit Disorder
Traumatic head injury Psychological
21. What is your religious preference?
Baptist Jewish Presbyterian
Catholic Latter-Day Saints Unitarian
Disciples of Christ Lutheran Other (please specify)
Episcopal Methodist No preference
Hindu Methodist
Islamic Non-Denominational
22. Please indicate your interest in learning about and/or participating in the following NC State co-curricular programs/activities by marking the appropriate bubbles. (Mark all that apply.)
Student Government Healthy lifestyles issues (stress management, sexuality, substance abuse, etc.)
Student Publications/Media Student Dance Companies (NC State Dance Company, Dance Visions)
Social Fraternity/Sorority ROTC
Volunteer Services Study Abroad/National Student Exchange
Co-op (Cooperative Education) program Union Activities Board programs/activities (College Bowl, concerts, African-American, International, etc.)
Student Leadership Development Program Residence Hall Councils
Student Judicial Board The Crafts Center programs/classes
Music Minor, Bands, Choirs, Orchestras, Chamber Music, Bagpipes, Drums Theatre participation as audience
Fitness (Aerobics, Walking, etc.) Theatre participation as artist
Indoor Recreation (Leisure Activities) Attending art exhibitions
Intramurals (Basketball, Gold, Table Tennis, etc.) Selecting Performing Arts attractions (concerts, comedy, drama, dance, etc.)
Club Sports (Aikido, Rowing, Wrestling, etc.) Planning programs and services for children and families
Informal Recreation (Archery, Pictionary, Wallyball, etc.) Gender issues (gender communications, work and family issues, violence against women, etc.)
Outdoor Activities (Backpacking, Camping, Rock Climbing, etc.)
Indicate the educational attainment of each parent/guardian: (Mark only one in each column.)
Less than a high school graduate 2-year associate degree or certificate Master's degree
High school graduate 4-year baccalaureate degree Doctorate or other professional degree (medicine, dentistry, law, etc.)
Some college/no degree Some graduate or professional coursework/no degree
24. This fall, will you have a computer for your personal use at NC State?
Yes, a laptop Yes, a desktop No Don't know
25. If yes, will you be able to connect your computer to the Internet at NC State?
Yes No Don't know
Are you receiving any type of financial aid? Include work study, grants, loans, and scholarships. (yes or no)
If you answered yes to question 26, please indicate what kind(s) of aid you are receiving. (Mark all that apply.)
Academic Other (dance music, etc.)
Financial need Other than listed above
Athletic based  
For the year 1999, what was the amount of your parents' or guardians' combined pre-tax income? Please try to answer even if you are financially independent. (Mark the category that represents your best estimate.)
$10,000 or less $20,001-$25,000 $35,001-$40,000 $60,001-$75,000 $150,001-$200,000
$10,001-$15,000 $25,001-$30,000 $40,001-$50,000 $75,001-$100,000 More than $200,000
$15,001-$20,000 $30,001-$35,000 $50,001-$60,000 $100,001-$150,000
How many people do your parents or guardians currently support in their household? Include yourself and parents or guardians, if applicable. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or more).
How many of your parents' or guardians' dependents including yourself are currently enrolled in college? (Mark only one.) 
Only myself 2 dependents 3 or more dependents
Which best describes the area in which you lived during high school?
Rural area Moderate size city (20,001-60,000) Urban area (over 100,000)
Small town (20,000 or less) Large city (60,001-100,000)
Do your plans include employment during your first semester? (Mark only one.)
I plan to work 20 hours or more each week. I plan to work less than 20 hours each week. I do not plan to work.
After graduation, where do you plan to seek employment? (Mark only one.)
Anywhere; the location is not an important factor in my job search In the USA only I will not be seeking employment after graduation.
In North Carolina only Outside the USA only

For more information on the 2000 First-Year Student Survey contact:
Dr. Nancy Whelchel, Associate Director for Survey Research
Office of Institutional Planning and Research
Box 7002
Phone: (919) 515-4184
Email: Nancy_Whelchel@ncsu.edu

Posted: February, 2001

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