OIA Releases 2000 Freshman Survey Results

Posted: March 22, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Muneeza Alam

The results of the Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) freshman survey, released by the Office of Institutional Assessment (OIA), show that the number one reason students decide to attend George Mason is its outstanding academic reputation. More than 60 percent of students surveyed also say being near Washington, D.C., and in the Northern Virginia area are important reasons to attend the university. More than 90 percent of freshmen are pleased with their decision to attend George Mason.

The survey was completed by 1,753 full-time freshmen (81 percent response rate) during the 2000 summer orientation. Results of the survey compared responses of George Mason freshmen to those of freshmen at other public universities in the country.

According to the results of the survey, George Mason students are ethnically and linguistically more diverse than students from other public universities. Approximately 60 percent of George Mason students live within 50 miles of their permanent home compared to only 30 percent of freshmen nationally. Findings also show that George Mason freshmen decide to attend college primarily to learn more about things that interest them.

The CIRP is a continuing study of the American higher education system sponsored by the American Council on Education and the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. To view the survey results, visit the OIA web site.

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