Survey Finds College Freshmen Partying At Record Low
Incoming freshmen are partying at record low numbers for another straight year, according to an annual survey out of the University of California, Los Angeles.
The Cooperative Institutional Research Program’s annual survey on college freshmen norms found 37.3 percent of students reported not partying on a typical week during their senior year in high school. This a small jump from 2011′s reported 34.7 percent of non-party goers, but shows a continued trend.
In 2008, the percent of non-party goers was only 24.8 before making a large leap to 30.3 in 2009. This coincides with the economic downturn, as the number of incoming freshmen receiving financial aid that needed to be repaid shot up from 2008 to 2009 with many parents of college students finding themselves out of work.
CIRP’s 2012 numbers also show a continued decrease in frequent or occasional alcohol consumption. In 2009, 39.5 percent of incoming freshmen reported drinking beer on a frequent or occasional basis during their senior year in high school, while in 2012 only 33.4 percent reported. The same can be said for wine or liquor, with frequent or occasional consumption dropping from 44.4 percent in 2009 to 39.2 percent in 2012.
While the number of incoming partygoers and drinkers continues to decrease across campuses, the number of students placing a higher value on jobs continues to increase. The percent of freshmen placing an importance on college for a better job rose, from 85.9 in 2011 to 87.9 in 2012. Those who reported going to college “to be able to make more money” also increased, from 71.7 percent in 2011 to 74.6 percent in 2012.
The survey’s findings are based on data from 192,912 full-time students and 283 four-year colleges and universities.
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