2012 Survey of College Freshmen

The American Freshman: National Norms, Fall 2012, is an annual survey of college freshman conducted by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA. The survey is based on responses from 192,912 freshmen entering 283 four-year colleges.

Highlights of the survey include:

  • 50% applied to more than five schools
  • 77% were admitted to their first choice school
  • 59% enrolled in their first choice school
  • 30% completed an AP Calculus class in high school
  • 68% are somewhat or significantly concerned that they will have sufficient funds for their education
  • 78% expect to earn a more advanced degree

Students identified their highest degree intention as:

  • Bachelor’s degree --- 22%
  • Master’s degree --- 42%
  • Ph.D or Ed.D. --- 19%
  • M.D., D/O/, D.D.S., D.V.M. --- 10%
  • J.D. --- 4%
  • Other --- 3%

Students identified their probable majors as:

  • Health Professions --- 14%
  • Business --- 14%
  • Biological Sciences --- 13%
  • Arts and Humanities --- 12%
  • Social Science --- 11%
  • Engineering --- 10%
  • Education --- 6%
  • Math and Computer Science --- 3%
  • Physical Science --- 2%
  • Other/Undecided --- 15%