North Carolina State University
2002 Sophomore Student Survey:
College Comparisons

This Web document points to tables reporting the frequency distributions of responses by college to questions in the 2002 Sophomore Survey. You can use the index below to link to web tables of college comparisons by topic, or directly download an Excel file of results by college for all survey items. Survey results for all respondents are provided in "2002 Sophomore Student Survey: All Respondents." For information about the survey and analysis methods see "2002 Sophomore Student Survey: Introduction, Methods, and Student Demographic Profile." Exact question wording is available on the web or by clicking on the "Q" in the section heading of the tables.

The number of sophomores 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 effects 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 2002 Sophomore Survey range from +0.6 percent in Engineering to +4.8 percent in First Year College. When looking at reported response distributions, it is important to keep the college margin of error in mind.

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

Academic Unit

Sophomore Class

Survey Respondents

Response Rate

Margin of Error

N % N %
Agriculture and Life Sciences 406 19.78 319 20.33


+ 1.2

Design 76 3.70 52 3.31


+ 4.3

Education 38 1.85 36 2.29


+ 0.9

Engineering 569 27.72 497 31.68


+ 0.6

Natural Resources 60 2.92 50 3.19


+ 2.3

Humanities and Social Sciences 362 17.63 268 17.08


+ 1.6

Physical and Mathematical Sciences 68 3.31 50 3.19


+ 3.7

Textiles 78 3.80 52 3.31


+ 4.5

Management 269 13.10 171 10.90


+ 2.7

First Year College 127 6.19 74 4.72


+ 4.8

Total 2053 100.0 1569 100.0


+ 0.6

Index of Results of College Comparisons by Topic

Background and Interests:
Plans for completing degree at NCSU | Would choose NCSU again | Hours worked per week during academic year
Job relation to academic major | Choice to work in unrelated job | Involvement in campus activities | Sense of belonging at NCSU

Campus Climate:
Student Assessment of Diversity at NC State |Campus Climate for Student Groups

Academic Environment and Faculty Contributions:
Intellectual environment | Overall instruction | Overall education | Classroom environment | Faculty contributions

Student Services
Campus safety | Services outside the classroom :
     New Student Orientation | Academic advising | Academic assistance or tutoring | Library services | Technology services
     Career-related services | Campus bookstore
Non-academic service areas:
     Non-academic services | Non-academic services staff
Financial Aid Services:
     Received Financial Aid | Satisfaction With Financial Aid | Rate Financial Aid Staff

Knowledge, Skills and Personal Development:
Meeting Student Needs | College Contribution to Knowledge, Skills and Personal Development
     General Education Goals | Personal Development Goals | World View Goals



For more information on the 2002 Sophomore Student Survey contact:
Dr. Nancy Whelchel, Associate Director for Survey Research
Office of Institutional Planning and Research
Box 7002
Phone: (919) 515-4184

Posted: October, 2002

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