In fall 2011 students predicted very high levels of engagement across a number of areas (including interacting with students whose backgrounds are different from their own, using their talents to benefit others during their time at Marquette, and engaging in discussions with instructors outside of class). For many of the items, comparisons can be now be drawn to current rates of participation on the same items, using data from surveys conducted annually with juniors and seniors:
Nearly all new students predicted they would end their first year of college with a GPA of 3.0 or higher (99%). By comparison, nearly half of all freshmen typically end the academic year with a GPA below 3.0.
Most new students (approximately 80%) intend to spend more than ten hours per week preparing for classes (studying, reading, writing, etc.), although only 40% of new students expect to spend more than 15 hours per week for class preparation.
The percentage of new students who expect to work for pay continues to fall, down to 62% in 2011 from 69% in 2007, when the question was first posed to new students. In addition, those who do plan to work expect they will do so for fewer hours per week – this fall 30% of those students who plan to work predicted they would do so more than ten hours per week, a figure that has fallen from 45% in 2007.
Other interesting facts about new students arriving at Marquette in fall 2011: