Backgrounds and Beliefs of College Freshmen
For five decades, researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles have surveyed the nation's incoming freshmen to learn more about their backgrounds, views, and expectations. Use this interactive graphic to see how their attitudes and self-images have changed since the 1960s, as measured by UCLA's Cooperative Institutional Research Program, part of the Higher Education Research Institute. Read our coverage of the latest survey here.
Source: Cooperative Institutional Research Program, Higher Education Research Institute, U. of California at Los Angeles
Notes: Some questions have been slightly rephrased from the original survey for clarity in the context of this graphic. Regarding probable majors, we combined "Biological and Life Sciences" with "Physical Science" and called the grouping "Physical and Life Sciences."
- 2016: Today’s Freshman Class Is the Most Likely to Protest in Half a Century
- 2015: College Freshmen Seek Financial Security Amid Emotional Insecurity
- 2014: Cost and Financial Aid Increasingly Influence Students’ Choice of College
- 2013: This Year, Even More Focused on Jobs
- 2012: Mixed Portrait of Freshman Political Views
- 2011: College Freshmen Report Record-Low Levels of Emotional Health