National Freshman Motivation to Complete College Reports

An annual study of the self-reported motivations and attitudes of first-year college students

This report series examines the attitudes and motivations of first-year students throughout the nation at the very beginning—and now also at the middle—of their undergraduate experience. This annual study adds another layer to existing national research on college freshmen.

The survey instruments used for this research are part of the Retention Management System Plus™ from Ruffalo Noel Levitz and include the College Student Inventory™, for incoming freshmen, and its mid-year post-test, the Mid-Year Student Assessment. These assessments identify students' needs, motivations, and noncognitive attitudes that influence college completion.  

Latest report

2017 National Freshman Motivation to Complete College Report (plus the Addendum by Race/Ethnicity)

Also available

Attitudes of Second-Year College Students - a 2015 study that explores the mindsets behind the "sophomore slump."

Attitudes and Motivations of College Transfer Students - a 2013 study for understanding how to improve college completion rates among students who transfer.

Adult Learner Motivation to Complete College Report - a 2016 study of the attitudes of adult learners. 

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