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2007 First-Year Student Survey:

NC State conducted its annual survey of entering first-year students during New Student Orientation sessions held in July and early August 2007. The survey response rate was 91.9 percent (N=4,510 of 4,906). The margin of error for survey results is ±0.1 percentage points at a 95% confidence interval.

NC State's academic reputation is very influential in the decision to attend NC State. A majority of respondents applied to three or more colleges including NC State. Academic reputation was most frequently reported as the single most influential factor in the decision to attend NC State, followed by level of support for intended major.

Almost all incoming students felt adequately prepared for college by their high school and by their own efforts. Although respondents were slightly more likely to report being "well prepared" for college by their high school than by their own efforts, they were twice as likely to say they were "poorly prepared" by their high school than by their own efforts.

Good grades and high achievement are important to incoming students. Among those taking fewer than 15 credit hours, want better grades was the most commonly reported reason for taking fewer hours. The majority of respondents reported that they do not intend to work during their first semester at NC State. Among those planning to work, eighty percent plan to work less than 20 hours a week. More than half of incoming students say their primary goal or objective for attending NC State is to "obtain a bachelor's degree as preparation for graduate or professional school." More than 70 percent of respondents have plans for post-baccalaureate studies leading to a Master's degree or higher.

Incoming students report room to grow on various knowledge, skills, and personal development goals. Respondents consistently gave higher ratings to the importance of each of 35 different knowledge, skills, and personal development goals than to their current development of the goal. Taking responsibility for my own behavior, valuing racial equity, and valuing gender equity were among the highest rated goals in terms of both development and importance. Time management and handling stress ranked high in importance, but low in development. Several goals central to the University's core general education curriculum received low importance and development ratings, including developing the ability to communicate in writing, developing the ability to apply scientific principles, and understanding the present as it relates to history.

Location is not a determining factor in future employment plans of incoming students. Among those planning to seek employment after graduation, respondents were twice as likely to report that they will seek employment "anywhere in the United States" than to report that they will seek work "in North Carolina only." Another one-third will seek employment "anywhere."

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, 2009

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