OIA Releases 2001 Freshman Survey Results

Posted: May 21, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Kiley Cogis

The results of the Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) freshman survey, released by the Office of Institutional Assessment (OIA), show that the top two reasons students attend George Mason are to get good jobs and for the university’s outstanding academic reputation. More than 60 percent also indicate that George Mason’s location–near Washington, D.C., in Northern Virginia, and close to home–is an important consideration in choosing the university.

The survey was completed by 1,503 full-time freshmen, a 70 percent response rate, during 2001 summer orientation.

The responses of George Mason freshmen were compared to freshmen at other public universities. According to the results, George Mason students are ethnically and linguistically more diverse than students from other universities. They are also varied in terms of religious preference. Seven percent of George Mason full-time freshmen are Islamic compared to one percent at other public universities, and Roman Catholicism remains the single largest religious group.

For George Mason freshmen, the top five reasons in deciding to attend college are to learn more about things that interest them, to make more money, to get training for a specific career, to get a better job, and to gain a general education and appreciation of things.

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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