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2005 First-Year Student Survey:
College Comparisons

This Web document points to tables reporting the frequency distributions of responses by college to questions in the 2005 First-Year Survey. You can use the index below to link to web tables of college comparisons by topic. For information about the survey and analysis methods see "2005 First-Year Student Survey: Introduction, Methods, and Student Demographic Profile." Exact question wording is available on the web or by clicking on the section headings in the tables.

The number of first-year students responding from each college varies widely. As noted in the introductory report on the survey's methods, both the actual number of respondents and the response rate affect the margin of error of the results reported. Table 1 below provides information on the number and proportion of students responding to the survey from each college, as well as the response rate and margin of error for the college. The margin of error in results reported for individual colleges in the 2005 First-Year Student Survey ranges from +0.2 in the College of Engineering to +3.4 in the College of Natural Resources. When looking at reported response distributions, it is important to keep the college margin of error in mind.

Table 1: Response Rates and Margin of Error by Academic Unit

Academic Unit First-Year Population Survey Respondents Response Rate Margin of Error
N % N % %
Agriculture and Life Science 685 16.1% 576 15.7% 84.1% +0.6
Design 90 2.1% 83 2.3% 92.2% +0.8
Education 105 2.5% 95 2.6% 90.5% +1.0
Engineering 1,176 27.7% 1,089 29.8% 92.6% +0.2
Natural Resources 110 2.6% 77 2.1% 70.0% +3.4
Humanities and Social Sciences 569 13.4% 457 12.5% 80.3% +0.9
Physical and Math Sciences 187 4.4% 159 4.3% 85.0% +1.2
Textiles 171 4.0% 143 3.9% 83.6% +1.3
Management 256 6.0% 218 6.0% 85.2% +1.0
First-Year 904 21.3% 763 20.8% 84.4% +0.6
Total 4,253 100.0% 3,660 100.0% 86.1% +0.2

Index of Results of College Comparisons by Topic

Background and Interests:

Financial aid | Parent/guardian income | Parent/guardian educational attainment | First Generation Students | Household dependents |
Home community size | Religious preference | Musical interests | Preparation for college | Personal Computers |
Location of future employment

Evaluation of the Application Process:

Number of colleges applied to | Contacts during the admissions process | Factors influencing decision to attend NCSU |
Most influential factor in decision to attend NCSU | Satisfaction with admissions process | Virtual Advising Center rating

Educational Intents and Interests:

Enrollment status | Reasons for less than 15 cr. hrs. | Intended time to complete Bachelor's degree | Highest level of education planned | Goal/objective for attending NCSU | Certainty of college major | Semester employment | Interest in co-curricular activities

Goals for Undergraduate Education:
Current Development:
General education goals | Personal development goals | World view goals
Goal Importance:
General education goals | Personal development goals | World view goals

For more information on the 2005 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

Posted: February, 2007

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