The current economic situation has a major influence on first-year students' decisions about which college to
attend and their reasons for pursuing higher education. These and other results from the
2012 CIRP Freshman Survey are based upon responses from 192,912 first-time,
full-time students entering 283 four-year colleges and universities.
New questions on the survey indicate that there is a large mismatch between students' expectations and the
reality of time to college completion. Given the increasing number of students concerned about college
affordability and the significant cost of adding an extra year of college, students could benefit from a
better understanding of individual college graduation rates.
Our monograph, "The American Freshman: National Norms for 2012" examines the impact of the economic
situation, changing political and social views, and changing patterns of where first-year students are living while going
to school. The complete report can be downloaded, you can also access a summary of the report, the press release, and a
powerpoint with selected findings.