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Survey of American College Students: View of the Alumni Association

Survey of American College Students: View of the Alumni Association

The study presents data from 1,140 college students from 4-year colleges in the United States concerning their view of the college alumni association. The 90-page report gives detailed information on the type and percentage of students who have been mentored by alumni vs student peers, graduate students and faculty/staff. It also gives detailed data on the extent to which undergraduates feel that they have benefited from the college alumni association, and whether or not they wish to join when they graduate. The report also gives targeted information on the percentage of undergraduates who expect to go to their first class reunion, and just how beneficial they feel a link with the alumni association will be for their future careers. The report provides college and university departments of alumni services, alumni associations and college advancement professionals a means to benchmark their own internal data vs. a national sample


We asked: How much do you feel that you have benefited from contact with your college’s alumni association. We gave four possible answers to this multiple-choice question; there were: 1) I have not had much contact with them 2) I've had some contact and it has been modestly useful 3) I've had some contact with them and it has been useful 4) I've had some contact with them and it has been very useful An overwhelming majority, nearly 59%, noted that they have not had much contact with the alumni association while 18.07% have had some contact and found it modestly useful. Only 12.54% have had some contact and considered it useful while 6.93% have had some contact and found it very useful. The percentage of those who have had useful contact rose from those age 19 or less to those age 21 and the overall percentage with useful contact close to doubled between these two age points

1.1 How much do you feel you have benefited from contact with your college's alumni?
1.2 How much do you feel you have benefited from contact with your college's alumni? Broken out by age of survey participant
1.3 How much do you feel you have benefited from contact with your college's alumni? Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin
1.4 How much do you feel you have benefited from contact with your college's alumni? Broken out regional origins of the survey participant
1.5 How much do you feel you have benefited from contact with your college's alumni? Broken out by college year class standing
1.6 How much do you feel you have benefited from contact with your college's alumni? Broken out by approximate student family annual income
1.7 How much do you feel you have benefited from contact with your college's alumni? Broken out by degree of religiosity of the survey participant
1.8 How much do you feel you have benefited from contact with your college's alumni? Broken out by type of political beliefs of the survey participant
1.9 How much do you feel you have benefited from contact with your college's alumni? Broken out by college grades of the survey participant
1.10 How much do you feel you have benefited from contact with your college's alumni? Broken out by current or likely college major of the survey participant
1.11 How much do you feel you have benefited from contact with your college's alumni? Broken out by gender of the survey participant
1.12 How much do you feel you have benefited from contact with your college's alumni? Broken out for students in public or private colleges
1.13 How much do you feel you have benefited from contact with your college's alumni? Broken out by type of domestic housing arrangement of the survey participant
1.14 How much do you feel you have benefited from contact with your college's alumni? Broken out by employment circumstance of the survey participant
1.15 How much do you feel you have benefited from contact with your college's alumni? Broken out by sexual orientation of the survey participant
1.16 How much do you feel you have benefited from contact with your college's alumni? Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of the survey participant
Survey of American College Students: View of the Alumni Association
1.17 How much do you feel you have benefited from contact with your college's alumni? Broken out by racial or ethnic identity of the survey participant

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