Time changes needs of college freshmen

September 07, 1998|By Orange County Register

In the days of eight-track tapes and vinyl records, college freshmen hit the road to college with little more than a turntable and an alarm clock. Today's freshmen are decidedly more techno-laden.

NFO Research Inc. of Eden Prairie, Minn., surveyed 612 people - half who entered college in 1967, and the rest who started school last year. The survey was sponsored by the Best Buy retail chain. Here's a look at what they're packing into the family station wagon, er, van.

Q. Looking back to your freshman year, if you could only have one thing in your dorm room, which one of these would you choose?

Freshmen (1967) .. .. .. .. ..Freshmen (1997)

23% Typewriter .. .. .. .. .. 39% Computer/word processor

23% Alarm clock .. .. .. .. . 23% Stereo equipment

19% Stereo equipment .. .. .. 13% Television

17% Minirefrigerator .. .. .. 12% Alarm clock

12% Television .. .. .. .. ... 6% Minirefrigerator

Q: Indicate all the components of the stereo you took to college

Freshmen (1967) .. .. .. .. ..Freshmen (1997)

45% Did not have a stereo ... 72% CD player

41% Turntable .. .. .. .. ... 59% Radio

38% Radio .. .. .. .. .. .. . 58% Cassette deck

19% Big speakers .. .. .. ... 32% Big speakers

17% Eight-track player .. ... 24% Boombox

12% Cassette deck .. .. .. .. 16% Did not have a stereo

Q: How many music albums (CDs, cassettes, etc.) did you take to college freshman year?

Freshmen (1967) .. .. .. .. ..Freshmen (1997)

69% 0 to 10 .. .. .. .. .. .. 46% 10 to 50

28% 10 to 50 .. .. .. .. .. . 24% 0 to 10

4% 50 to 100 .. .. .. .. .. . 22% 50 to 100

Q: How did you primarily pay for college?

Freshmen (1967) .. .. .. .. ..Freshmen (1997)

34% Paid for it myself .. ... 31% Student loans

22% Parents paid for most ... 22% Parents paid for most

18% Parents paid all .. .. .. 21% Scholarships

15% Student loans .. .. .. .. 18% Parents paid all

12% Scholarships .. .. .. ... 10% Paid for it myself

Researcher in Minnesota surveyed 306 students entering universities in 1967 and 306 who began college studies last year.

Pub Date: 9/07/98

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