Overview of This Year's Class

An Overview of This Year’s Class

Background

  • Middle 50% of the class entering Fall 2019 earned a high school GPA between 3.64 and 4.22
  • Middle 50% had SAT between 1250 and 1410 (Mean = 1329), (SAT scores based on new score format ERW+M)
  • Middle 50% had ACT between 27 and 32 (Mean = 29)

Standardized achievement test scores concordance table:

Expectations (2019 Advising & Planning Surveys)

  • 70.4% expect to earn A average
  • Around 11% plan to study 9 hours/week or less; 24% plan to study 10-14 hrs/week; 34% plan to study 15-19 hrs/wk; 21% plan to study 20-24 hrs/wk; 10% plan to study 25+ hrs/wk
    Note: Of the students who matriculated in 2015 and completed the CIRP Freshman Survey, only 27% reported studying 16 or more hours a week in high school.
  • Approximately 58% said they worked “very hard” in high school
  • Approximately 36% said they worked “average” in high school
  • Approximately 6% said they “did not work very hard” in high school (up from 3% last year)
  • Top 3 strengths: enjoys challenges, enjoyment of learning, comprehension of information  
  • Top 3 weaknesses: Lose motivation when not interested, procrastination, focus and attention

 

Areas of interest (2019 Advising & Planning Surveys)

Of the students who indicated a top area of interest on their planning survey,

  • 23% indicated Biology or Biochemistry & Molecular Bio (13% of the 2018 grads were Bio or BMB majors)
  • 12.5% indicated Business (16% of the 2018 grads were Business majors)
  • 16%  indicated Psychology or Neuroscience (16% of the 2018 grads were Psych or Neuro majors)
  • 8% indicated Political Science (7% of the 2018 grads were Political Science majors)

 

Developmental stage

  • Most have no concept of an academic adviser   
  • Some are not skilled in making decisions
  • Many are uncomfortable asking for help
  • Many are overconfident in their academic ability

 

What students want most from their adviser

  • To understand how courses fit into the bigger scheme of the curriculum as well as into their own lives
  • Recommendations for course selection based on student interest
  • Someone who is enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and interested in them as learners

 

 


Characteristics & Expectations of Our Entering Students

 

Who are your advisees? What are they like? What are their expectations?  

Here's a profile of the 2018 entering class based on information obtained from the 2018 Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) Survey of Freshmen administered during orientation that fall. These are the latest data available.  (All frequencies are expressed as percentages and rounded to the nearest one percent.)

 

Expected vs. Actual GPA at Rhodes

First-Year Students

% expecting >/=3.00 GPA

Actual % earning >/=3.00 GPA after 1st semester

Male

82

80

Female

84

93

 

Grades (High School vs. College)

GPA Range

First-Year Students' HS GPA

First-Year Students' First Semester Rhodes GPA

(Fall 2016)

3.75 and higher

48%

25%

3.50-3.74

28%

23%

3.25-3.49

17%

20%

3.00-3.24

6%

14%

2.50-2.99

<1%

13%

2.00-2.49 0 5%
below 2.00 0 1%