New students predicted very high levels of engagement across a number of areas (including interact 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:
Very high percentages of new students continue to report the anticipation that they will socialize with students whose background is different from their own (99%) and engage in discussions with students from backgrounds different from their own (98%). A significantly smaller percentage (81%) of respondents to the 2010 Junior Survey felt that Marquette was a place where diversity involving gender, ethnicity, religious belief, and/or sexual orientation is encouraged and respected.
Nearly all new students predicted they would end their first year of college with a GPA of 3.0 or higher (98%). By comparison, 45% of freshmen ended the 2009-2010 academic year with a GPA below 3.0 and the actual mean GPA for full-time degree-seeking freshmen at the end of the year was 3.01.
Most new students (approximately 75%) 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 has fallen over the past four years (from 69% in 2007 to 65% in 2010). In addition, those who do plan to work expect they will do so for fewer hours per week – 28% of the students who plan to work predict they will do so more than ten hours per week, down from 45% in 2007.