Title page for ETD etd-03022010-020235

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Lynch, Judith M.
URN etd-03022010-020235
Title Reasons cited by Virginia Tech honors students for their institutional choice compared with reasons cited in literature for all students entering higher education
Degree Master of Arts
Department Student Personnel Services
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Creamer, Donald G. Committee Chair
Dudley, Charles J. Committee Member
Janosik, Steven M. Committee Member
  • College choice
Date of Defense 1993-07-05
Availability unrestricted

Understanding how prospective students make their final choices of colleges or universities is important to students, their parents, and to the institutions. When it comes to academically advanced students, or Honors students, there is a question as to whether the same factors are influential to their higher education decisions. The purpose of this study was to compare the responses of Virginia Tech Honors students with current literature to determine the influences associated with college or university selection between the two data sets.

The methodology used in this study included qualitative focus-group interviews of Virginia Tech Honors freshmen who had been admitted into the Program for the fall semester of 1992 and had remained Honors eligible for the spring semester of 1993. six interview sessions were arranged for 50 students. An interview protocol was designed to ask six questions to the participants, focusing on how they made their final decisions to attend virginia Tech. Thirty-six students actually participated in the interviews.

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