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2007 First-Year Student Survey:
College Comparisons Introduction

This Web document points to tables reporting the frequency distributions of responses by college to questions in the 2007 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 "2007 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 2007 First-Year Student Survey ranges from +0.1 in the College of Engineering to +1.4 in the College of Textiles. 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
Margin of
N % N %
Agriculture and Life Sciences 823 17.2 760 17.2 92.3 +0.3
Design 74 1.5 68 1.5 91.9 +1.0
Education 147 3.1 130 2.9 88.4 +1.0
Engineering 1411 29.5 1351 30.6 95.7 +0.1
Natural Resources 140 2.9 126 2.9 90.0 +0.9
Humanities and Social Sciences 542 11.3 485 11.0 89.5 +0.5
Physical and Mathematical Sciences 205 4.3 190 4.3 92.7 +0.5
Textiles 198 4.1 162 3.7 81.8 +1.4
Management 380 7.9 332 7.5 87.4 +0.7
First-Year College 870 18.2 811 18.4 93.2 +0.2
Total 4790 100.0 4415 100.0 92.2 +0.1

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 | Factors influencing decision to attend NCSU | Most influential factor in decision to attend NCSU |
Satisfaction with admissions process | Contacts during the admissions process

Educational Intents and Interests:

Reasons for less than 15 credit hours | Highest level of education planned | Goal/objective for attending NCSU | Certainty of college major
First semester employment plans | 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 2007 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: March, 2008

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