Ubagharaji, Chibuzo
March 2008
Ohio Journal of Science;Mar2008, Vol. 108 Issue 1, pA-20
Academic Journal
This study examined social and economic factors that influenced Denison University students' choice of college, major, and career. Forty-two Denison students responded to an IRB-approved questionnaire asking them to rank social and economic factors causing them to attend Denison, choose a major, and a career. I hypothesized that the majority of students came to Denison because of economic variables, and that parental influence and money were the most influential factors in students' choice of major and career. 35.8% of the respondents came to Denison for scholarships, 24.7% came for student-professor interactions, 16.7% came for small class size, and 4.7% came for specific academic disciplines. 54.7% of students came to Denison because of economic factors and 45.2% came because of social factors. The top three factors that influenced students' choice of major were personal interest, future career ambitions, and a desire to make a positive impact in the world. The most important influence from individuals came from mothers (4.78 ± 1.13, out of 5) and fathers (4.34 ± 1.5). Major factors affecting career choice were personal fulfillment (5.00 ±1.43, out of 6) and making a difference in the world (3.98 ±1.81). Other factors include future economic success (2.83 ± 1.72) and having or adopting children (2.93 ±1.63). By knowing which factors influence Denison college students' choice of college, major, and career, we can learn more information about college decision-making and admission counselors can better understand their students.


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