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CSULB Freshmen 2014 versus Freshmen at Comparable Institutions

How did CSULB Freshmen compare to freshmen at other colleges and universities in 2014? The themes below are taken from the CIRP Publication, The American Freshman: National Norms Fall 2014. CSULB students are compared to those at medium-selective, public four-year institutions.

Frequency of Discussing Politics in Past Year
Importance of Keeping up with Politics
Self-Ratings in Various Skills for a Diverse Workplace
College of Attendance Being the First Choice
FInancial Concerns about Paying for College
Financial Reasons for Choosing to Attend One's College
Learning Disability
Frequency of Drinking Beer, Wine, or Liquor in Past Year
Importance of Developing Meaningful Philosophy of Life


Frequently did the Following:  
% CSULB Freshmen 2014

% Other

Freshmen 2014

Discussed politics
23.0
25.1

 

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Very Important or Essential:
% CSULB Freshmen 2014

% Other

Freshmen 2014

Keeping up with politics
26.5
30.5

 

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Skills for a Diverse Workplace:

Self Rated as a Major Strength or Somewhat Strong

% CSULB Freshmen 2014

% Other

Freshmen 2014

Ability to see world from someone else's perspective
72.9
73.2
Tolerance of others with different beliefs
78.7
77.8
Openness to having own views challenged
60.1
62.4
Ability to discuss and negotiate controversial issues
62.7
67.2
Ability to work cooperatively with diverse people
83.2
84.3

 

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College Choice
% CSULB Freshmen 2014

% Other

Freshmen 2014

First
42.0
51.6

 

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Concerns about Paying for College
% CSULB Freshmen 2014

% Other

Freshmen 2014

Major concerns
15.5
14.5

 

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Financial Reasons for Attending One's College: Very Important

% CSULB Freshmen 2014

% Other

Freshmen 2014

Offered financial assistance
43.1
40.1
Cost of attending this college
55.5
53.5
Not offered aid by first choice
11.7
10.9
Could not afford first choice
18.2
16.9

 

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Learning Disability
% CSULB Freshmen 2014

% Other

Freshmen 2014

Reported
1.8
3.4

 

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Frequently or Occasionally did the Following:  
% CSULB Freshmen 2014

% Other

Freshmen 2014

Drank beer
26.9
28.5
Drank wine or liquor
31.5
33.7

 

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Very Important or Essential:
% CSULB Freshmen 2014

% Other

Freshmen 2014

Developing a meaningful philosophy of life
39.5
41.8

 

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