Redlands class of 2016 mindset: service, tech, academic

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The class of 2016 is service-oriented, techie, and academic-focused, according to a survey of the University of Redlands freshman class of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Karen Burg, director of public relations at the university, tells KFWB’s Maggie McKay and Paul Lowe about some of the details in this report:

Here are some other results from the survey:

The top two concerns of the class of 2016 are keeping up with their academics and choosing the right major at Redlands. An interesting piece of data was that 63 percent of the class of 2016 indicated that they will not be studying or majoring in the area or profession that they wanted to be when they were a child. On the other hand, 80 percent of the students plan to study abroad in countries such as Austria, Brazil, Morocco, and Cambodia.

Other data from the survey included 73 percent of students expect their parents to cry when they say good-bye, and the majority expect the moms to be the ones wiping off tears.

Fun facts about the class of 2016

What type of stuffed animal or pillow pet did you bring?

*       Pillow pet, giant stuffed bear, ladybug stuffed animal.

*       A bunny that I have had since I was born, and a tiger my boyfriend gave me for Valentine’s day

*       Moose pillow pet, stuffed turtle and monkey. Oh and donkey.

What are your favorite artists?

*       Michael Jackson, Adele, San Diego Symphony, Eminem, Lady Gaga, John Mayer, The Rolling Stones, Foster the People, Arctic Monkeys, Kings of Leon, Katy Perry, The White Stripes, among many others.

What app can you not live without?

*       Evernote, Instagram, Facebook, ESPN, Calorie Counter, Fruit Ninja, Pandora, Angry Birds, iTunes, CNN, Netflix, among others.

What is your biggest fear about going away to school?

*       Making great grades

*       Leaving my best friend or boyfriend

*       Adjusting to a new environment or area

*       Balancing sports and school

*       I’m a commuter student (biggest fear for me is be an outcast ’cause I am a commuter).

*       Getting lost on campus

*       Financial worries

*       Balancing outside work and school


The 803 incoming freshmen received a 26-question electronic survey shortly before arriving at the University of Redlands campus for check-in.  The survey had a 29 percent response rate.



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