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Illinois Pulse

Issue 5
Published May 2016

From the "2015 CIRP Freshmen Survey"

Selected Comparative Data from the 2015 CIRP Freshmen Survey (pdf)

Freshmen are engaged politically and in their community.

Percentage of freshmen that expect to participate in student protests or demonstrations while in college:

  • 33% – Nationally
  • 41% – UIUC

Percentage of freshmen that feel it's important to help others in difficulty:

  • 75% – Nationally
  • 77.5% – UIUC

Percentage of freshmen that believe being a community leader matters:

  • 40% – Nationally
  • 77.1% – UIUC

Percentage of freshmen that want to improve their understanding of other countries and cultures:

  • 59% – Nationally
  • 67.1% – UIUC
Infographic showing how freshmen are engaged politically and in their community.

Which may relate to their stance on key social policy issues.

Percentage of freshmen that identify as liberal or far left:

  • 34% – Nationally
  • 43% – UIUC

Percentage of freshmen that endorse the right of same-sex couples to marry:

  • 81% – Nationally
  • 89% – UIUC

Percentage of freshmen that believe marijuana should be legalized:

  • 56% – Nationally
  • 62.2% – UIUC

Percentage of freshmen that support the legal status of abortion:

  • 64% – Nationally
  • 72.2% – UIUC
Infographic showing how freshmen stand on key social policy issues.

While their notions of diversity continue to expand.

Percentage of freshmen that identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, or other:

  • 7% – Nationally
  • 11.7% – UIUC

Percentage of freshmen that identify as agnostic, atheist or not affiliated with any religion:

  • 30% – Nationally
  • 41.2% – UIUC
Infographic showing how freshmen' notions of diversity continue to expand.

Students use a variety of sources to fund their first year of college.

Percentage of freshmen that rely on Pell grants:

  • 27% – Nationally
  • 24.2% – UIUC

Percentage of freshmen that utilize merit-based grants or scholarships:

  • 52% – Nationally
  • 41.8% – UIUC

Percentage of freshmen that have taken out loans:

  • 54% – Nationally
  • 54.4% – UIUC

Percentage of freshmen that express concerns about financing their education:

  • 65% – Nationally
  • 76.3% – UIUC
Infographic showing that students use a variety of sources to fund their first year of college.

Students rely on multiple sources to supplement their learning …

Percentage of freshmen that had special tutoring or remedial work in math:

  • 17% – Nationally
  • 21.5% – UIUC

Percentage of freshmen that learned something on their own via an online course:

  • 83% – Nationally
  • 67% – UIUC

Percentage of freshmen that participated in a summer bridge program:

  • 6% – Nationally
  • 5.8% – UIUC
Infographic showing that students rely on multiple sources to supplement their learning.

… And are open to additional support while in college.

Percentage of freshmen that anticipate needing tutoring or remedial work in math:

  • 28% – Nationally
  • 25.5% – UIUC

Percentage of freshmen that expect to seek personal counseling:

  • 48% – Nationally
  • 60.7% – UIUC
Infographic showing that students are open to additional support while in college.

Many students' college choice was influenced by graduates' success.

Percentage of freshmen that considered graduates' admission to top graduate/professional schools:

  • 38% – Nationally
  • 77.6% – UIUC

Percentage of freshmen that considered graduates' job placement:

  • 60% – Nationally
  • 93.1% – UIUC
Infographic showing how graduates' success influenced many students' college choice.

The response rate for the survey was 22%. The demographic data from the respondents indicates that they were slightly different from the entire Freshman class. Among the respondents females, Multiracial, and Asians were over-represented. African and International students were slightly under-represented. White, Native American, Latino, and unknown students were represented equally compared to the Freshman class. As a result of this dissimilarity the results presented here should not be attributed to all Freshman students at the UIUC. This data reflects the experiences of a large proportion of the Freshman class but not all.