Calvin College CIRP Freshman Survey Title

Goals and Expectations

Student Goals and Objectives. Raising a family and Helping others who are in difficulty are the top rated objectives of incoming Calvin students, rated as Essential or Very important by 80% and 72% of students, respectively. These are also top-rated objectives of students at peer institutions 79% and 70% respectively. One of the large differences between objectives of Calvin students and those of their peers is the percentage saying “Being very well off financially” is an essential or very important objective (43% for Calvin vs. 63% for peer institutions). In addition, significantly fewer Calvin students today than ten years ago place a high importance on “Becoming an authority in my field” (54% in 2006 vs. 61% in 1996).

 

Objectives Considered to be Essential or Very Important
Calvin College
Other Religious Four-year Colleges
Becoming accomplished in performing arts
16%
19%
Becoming an authority in my field
46%
54%
Obtaining recognition from my colleagues
36%
46%
Influencing the political structure
19%
20%
Influencing social values
46%
47%
Raising a family
80%
79%
Being very well off financially
43%
63%
Helping others who are in difficulty
72%
70%
Making a theoretical contribution to science
15%
15%
Writing original works (poems, novels, etc.)
12%
17%
Creating artistic work
13%
16%
Becoming successful in my own business
23%
36%
Cleaning up the environment
16%
20%
Developing a meaningful philosophy of life
43%
46%
Helping to promote racial understanding
28%
32%
Keeping up to date with political affairs
31%
33%
Becoming a community leader
28%
36%