Survey Shows Why Freshmen Select New Jersey Institute of Technology

NEWARK, Nov. 27--Students choose to study at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) because of the public research university's strong focus on science and technology. A new survey by the university shows that freshmen select NJIT also for its availability of programs and for its ability to prepare them for careers.

"We conducted the survey to track the goals and aspirations of our incoming class," says Martha Zola, Ph.D., executive director of Institutional Research and Planning at NJIT. "We like to know," she adds, "that we understand what our students need and want when they enter the NJIT community." The survey of 689 freshmen students, or 97 percent of the class, paints a picture of a pragmatic, career-oriented group. Asked to describe their most important academic goal, most students say to "obtain a degree." Their second goal is to "prepare for a career" and their third is to "attain skills that will be useful on a job."

Goals of lesser importance to the students are "improve self image," "learn how to participate effectively as a citizen" and "increase awareness of different philosophies."

A majority of the freshmen are first-generation college students, while 40 percent have parents with college degrees. Most are also full-time day students, who say they learned about NJIT from relatives, friends or acquaintances. Some 80 percent of the class are men; 18 percent are women.

Most freshmen--331--are enrolled in Newark College of Engineering, while 160 attend the new College of Computing Sciences; College of Science and Liberal Arts has 100 freshmen; School of Architecture has 72 while School of Management has 13. More than 13 percent of freshmen have also been accepted into Albert Dorman Honors College, which offers rigorous courses, lectures and colloquia to NJIT's brightest students.

"The findings of the survey show that our new students are similar in goals and values to those in years past," Zola says.


NJIT is a public, scientific and technological research university enrolling more than 8,800 students. The university offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees to students in 80 degree programs throughout its six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, New Jersey School of Architecture, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, Albert Dorman Honors College and College of Computing Sciences. The division of continuing professional education offers adults eLearning, off campus degrees and short courses. Expertise and research initiatives include architecture and building science, applied mathematics, biomedical engineering, environmental engineering and science, information technology, manufacturing, materials, microelectronics, multimedia, telecommunications, transportation and solar astrophysics. Yahoo! Internet Life magazine cites NJIT as a "perennially most wired" university.

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