Calvin College CIRP Freshman Survey Title

College Decision-Making

Reasons for Attending College . Calvin students are less likely than their peers at other institutions to view careers, graduate school, and making money as very important reasons for going to college. Sixty percent (60%) of students at Other Religious Four-Year Colleges said “To be able to make more money” was a very important reason in deciding to go to college compared to 43% of Calvin students. Similarly, 69% of comparison group students said “To get training for a specific career” was a very important reason compared to 53% for Calvin students. Preparation for graduate or professional school was also more important for students at Calvin’s peer institutions, with 51% saying this was a very important reason compared to 42% of Calvin students.

 

Reasons for Attending College (percent saying very important)
Calvin College
Other Religious Four-year Colleges
Get a better job
57%
65%
Make more money
43%
60%
Gain general education
65%
62%
Parents wanted me to
37%
44%
Learn more about things that interest me
76%
75%
Prepare for graduate/prof. school
42%
51%
Get training for a specific career
53%
69%