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January 21, 2010 3:45 PM What Freshmen Think

By Daniel Luzer

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College freshmen are very, very worried. According to an article in the New York Times

The recession hit this year’s college freshmen hard, affecting how they chose a school as well as their ability to pay for it, according to an annual nationwide survey released Thursday.
Over all, students were more likely than previous freshmen to have a parent who was unemployed and less likely to have found a job that might help pay for college.

The survey showed the effects of the recession, but it didn’t just measure that. The study, conducted by the UCLA School of Education, has been produced annually for almost 50 years and measures a whole bunch of things, including attitudes about drinking and drug use and religious life.

The study indicated that some 53.3 percent of college freshmen were taking out loans to pay for college, the highest rate in almost a decade.

According to the article, “The factor most often cited for choosing a school was that its graduates got good jobs — 56.5 percent said this was ‘very important,’ the highest rate since the question was asked in 1985.”

Not that we know which school’s graduates actually get good jobs.

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer