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CSULB Freshmen 2015 versus Freshmen at Comparable Institutions

How did CSULB Freshmen compare to freshmen at other colleges and universities in 2015? The themes below are taken from the CIRP Publication, The American Freshman: National Norms Fall 2015. 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
Frequency of Drinking Beer, Smoking Cigarettes in Past Year
Importance of Developing Meaningful Philosophy of Life


Frequently or Occassionally did the Following:  
% CSULB Freshmen 2015

% Other

Freshmen 2015

Discussed politics
74.7
85.0

 

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Very Important or Essential:
% CSULB Freshmen 2015

% Other

Freshmen 2015

Keeping up with politics
31.6
43.1

 

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Skills for a Diverse Workplace:

Self Rated as a Major Strength or Somewhat Strong

% CSULB Freshmen 2015

% Other

Freshmen 2015

Ability to see world from someone else's perspective
75.1
80.4
Tolerance of others with different beliefs
81.1
83.7
Openness to having own views challenged
62.3
64.6
Ability to discuss and negotiate controversial issues
65.0
74.6
Ability to work cooperatively with diverse people
84.7
87.4

 

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College Choice
% CSULB Freshmen 2015

% Other

Freshmen 2015

First
42.1
55.7

 

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Concerns about Paying for College
% CSULB Freshmen 2015

% Other

Freshmen 2015

Major concerns
19.4
11.1

 

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Financial Reasons for Attending One's College: Very Important

% CSULB Freshmen 2015

% Other

Freshmen 2015

Offered financial assistance
42.0
37.1
Cost of attending this college
52.1
47.8
Not offered aid by first choice
11.0
13.6
Could not afford first choice
26.3
17.5

 

 

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Frequently did the Following:  
% CSULB Freshmen 2015

% Other

Freshmen 2015

Drank beer
2.3
7.6
Smoked cigarettes
1.0
1.1

 

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Very Important or Essential:
% CSULB Freshmen 2015

% Other

Freshmen 2015

Developing a meaningful philosophy of life
42.1
48.6

 

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