Freshman Survey: This Year, Even More Focused on Jobs

January 24, 2013

Today's freshmen are focused on the future. They are certain they'll finish their degrees in four years, despite evidence to the contrary; they want to land good jobs after graduation; and they increasingly aspire to be well-off. Those are among the many findings of the 2012 Freshman Survey,published on Thursday by the Cooperative Institutional Research Program, part of the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles. The annual survey delves into nearly every aspect of first-year students' lives: study habits, religious beliefs, family income, career goals, even exercise habits. This year's survey was administered last fall to 192,912 first-time, full-time students at 283 four-year colleges and universities.