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"College Hopes and Worries" survey reports on Parents & Students' Dream Schools

darlingdarling Registered User Posts: 364 Member
edited August 2009 in Parents Forum
Someone passed this on to me, so hopefully there's not already a thread on this on CC!

http://www.princetonreview.com/uploadedFiles/Test_Preparation/Hopes_and_Worries/College_Hopes_Worries_press_release.pdf
Some interesting results from the survey:

Apparently the top dream school named by students is Stanford, while for parents it is Harvard.

67% said the economic downturn affected their app decisions.
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Replies to: "College Hopes and Worries" survey reports on Parents & Students' Dream Schools

  • PizzagirlPizzagirl Registered User Posts: 40,488 Senior Member
    Findings this year are based on 15,722 surveys
    completed on paper or online by students and parents from all 50 states and DC. The 13-
    question survey ran in The Princeton Review college guide, "Best 368 Colleges”
    (Random House, July 2008) and on Test Prep: GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, SAT, ACT, and More from late January to
    mid-March. All but one question was multiple-choice.

    Thank you for sharing this link. Based on the above, it was a completely self-selected survey among an already self-selected group - people who were already highly engaged in that they were reading a college guide, had bought a book, or were on the PR site. As a researcher, this tells me that the survey results are fairly meaningless and don't provide any insight as to the dream schools and amount of stress for hs students in general. IOW, it doesn't support that "most students' dream school is S" or "most parents' dream school is H."
  • Erin's DadErin's Dad Super Moderator Posts: 36,455 Super Moderator
    Excellent point Pizzagirl. They could have actually been correct if they had qualified the results based on the people who took the survey.
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