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Illinois Pulse

Issue 4
Published September 2015

From the "2015 Your First College Year (YFCY) Survey"

Infographic Key

National results are shown in black. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign results are shown in blue.

Key graphic explaining that national results are shown in black and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign results are show in blue.

Students strongly agree that their college has contributed to their:

Critical thinking skills

  • 30% – Nationally
  • 29.5% – University of Illinois

Knowledge of people from different races/cultures

  • 24% – Nationally
  • 29.8% – University of Illinois

Ability to work as part of a team

  • 25% – Nationally
  • 24.9% – University of Illinois
Infographic showing that students strongly agree that their college has contributed to their knowledge and skills.

Classroom experiences have lasting effects …

Are satisfied with the relevance of coursework to their future career plans

  • 62% – Nationally
  • 57.6% – University of Illinois

Frequently felt courses inspired them to think new ways

  • 43% – Nationally
  • 41% – University of Illinois

Performed community service as part of a class

  • 35% – Nationally
  • 30.1% – University of Illinois

… when students are paying attention.

Were frequently bored in class

  • 34% – Nationally
  • 45.1% – University of Illinois

Texted during class

  • 79% – Nationally
  • 88.6% – University of Illinois
Infographic showing that classroom experiences have lasting effects … when students are paying attention.

But college isn't all about the classroom. For at least 3 hours a week:

Were active in student clubs/groups

  • 26% – Nationally
  • 41.1% – University of Illinois

Partied

  • 31% – Nationally
  • 33.6% – University of Illinois

Exercised or played sports

  • 56% – Nationally
  • 55.1% – University of Illinois
Infographic showing college isn't all about the classroom, for at least 3 hours a week.

Of course, financial aid is always a concern.

Of students have major concerns about paying for college

  • 19% – Nationally
  • 20.5% – University of Illinois

Felt their jobs interfered with schoolwork

  • 37% – Nationally
  • 29.3% – University of Illinois

Took advantage of financial aid advising

  • 43% – Nationally
  • 32.2% – University of Illinois

Took out loans for educational expenses

  • 58% – Nationally
  • 55.2% – University of Illinois
Infographic showing that financial aid is always a concern.

Balance is key …

Are satisfied with their social lives

  • 63% – Nationally
  • 60.9% – University of Illinois

Successfully balance academics and extracurriculars

  • 79% – Nationally
  • 73.7% – University of Illinois

Frequently maintain a healthy diet

  • 28% – Nationally
  • 21.9% – University of Illinois

… and so are support networks.

Turned to other students for advice or counseling

  • 76% – Nationally
  • 82.4% – University of Illinois

Frequently felt support from their family to succeed

  • 58% – Nationally
  • 53.7% – University of Illinois

Utilized student psychological services

  • 22% – Nationally
  • 17.4% – University of Illinois
Infographic showing that balance and support networks are key.