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Ah, Freshmen

April 9, 2007

UCLA charted 40 years of incoming Freshman. This is a summary of a summary of what they found (with no attention to proper documentation given).

  • today’s freshmen are the most well-off since at least 35 years ago— with median incomes 60 percent above the national average, as compared to 46 percent above average in 1971
  • students state that they would participate in community service
    • being a community leader is rated higher than previous years
    • raising a family is the number one goal
      • number two is being well-off
      • number three is helping others
  • 1971: 90.9 percent of first-time freshmen were white; 2007: 76.5 percent white.
    • Blacks have “reached their numerical peak and, due to various factors, have slowly decreased their share of the freshman population.”
  • More non-religious affiliations
  • 2/3 socialize with those outside their ethnic group
  • Women have closed the academic gap in math, but not in computer or physical science
  • More students are getting A’s than ever before (24.1%)


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