Submitted by Aeronet on June 1, 2006
Another source of useful data on college students' family income is the CIRP Freshman Survey, developed by the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) at UCLA. Each year, colleges across the country administer the CIRP survey to their incoming freshmen, asking them about a range of topics, including family income. HERI compiles the responses into a national report. Each participating campus receives its own results along with comparisons to peer institutions. Campuses decide whether to make their own reports available, and some have done so. For example, Emory University has made selected findings from its 2005 survey available online. The report indicates that a majority of the students have parents with graduate degrees, and 39% report family incomes of more than $200,000, a larger proportion than peer institutions. In comparison, Northwestern University's report shows 30% of freshmen with family incomes above $200,000, and 63% above $100,000. Compare those figures with Census data showing that only 3.5% of families in the U.S. earn more than $200,000, and only 20% earn more than $100,000. Other campuses that have posted some or all of their Freshman Survey results are listed below. A note and link also appear on these campuses' institutional profiles at economicdiversity.org. Full reports Berea College, 2004 Cornell University, multiple years Hampden-Sydney College, 2000 Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2001 Iowa State University, 2003 Northwestern University, 2005 Purdue University, multiple years University of Minnesota, multiple years Executive summaries/partial data: Bryn Mawr College, 2004 (Full data for selected categories, not socio-economic) Calvin College, 2002 (executive summary, some socio-economic data) Case Western Reserve University, 2000 (one-page summary, no socio-economic data) Central Washington University, 1998 (summary, includes socio-economic data) Dartmouth College, 2003 (selected findings, summary of socio-economic data) East Texas Baptist University, 2002 (executive summary, sparse socio-economic details) Emory University, 2003 (selected findings, includes socio-economic data) Florida International University, 2000 (executive summary, some socio-economic data) Massachussets Institute of Technology, 1998 (selected findings, summary of socio-economic data) Montclair State Unversity, 1991 and 2001 (executive summary, some socio-economic data) Morningside College, 2004 (highlights in powerpoint presentation) Oklahoma State University, multiple years (selected findings, some socio-economic data) Oregon State University, 2002 (executive summary, sparse socio-economic data) Roanoke College, 2002 (some socio-economic data, all in percentages) Southwest Minnesota State University, 2003 (executive summary, some socio-economic data) Sweet Briar College, 2004 (summary, no socio-economic data) Texas State University at San Marcos, 2000 (summary, some socio-economic data) Texas Tech University, 2003 (executive summary, some socio-economic data) University of California at Santa Cruz, 2002 (executive summary, sparse socio-economic data) University of Idaho, 2002 (executive summary, some socio-economic data) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1999-2004 (summary graphs, some socio-economic data) University of North Dakota, 2002 (summary, no socio-economic data) University of South Carolina, 1999 (selected findings, includes socio-economic data) University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, 2004 (executive summary, some socio-economic data) Want to know whether a particular campus has participated in the CIRP survey? See the list of CIRP participating campuses. If you know of a school not listed here whose CIRP data is public, please comment on this thread and post a link.