BCSSE Overview

BCSSE U.S. Respondents

BCSSE is locally administered, so sampling schemes and data collection methods vary across participating institutions. Most institutions sample their entire incoming first-year population and collect data from 50% to nearly 100% of their students. BCSSE 2021 respondents are profiled in Table 2.

Most BCSSE respondents graduated from a public high school, with approximately two-thirds reporting grades of A− or higher in high school (Table 3). In addition, about 32% of respondents were attending an institution with two or more friends. More than two-thirds of all respondents were attending their first-choice institution.

Table 1

Profile of BCSSE 2021 U.S. Institutions and All Bachelor’s-Granting U.S. Institutions

Institution Characteristics

BCSSE 2021
(%)

U.S.
(%)

Carnegie Basic Classification

 

 

Doctoral Universities (Very high research activity)

4

8

Doctoral Universities (High research activity)

10

8

Doctoral/Professional Universities

8

9

Master's Colleges and Universities (Larger programs)

31

22

Master's Colleges and Universities (Medium programs)

9

12

Master's Colleges and Universities (Smaller programs)

4

8

Baccalaureate Colleges—Arts & Sciences Focus

14

15

Baccalaureate Colleges—Diverse Fields

15

17

Control

 

 

Public

52

35

Private

48

65

Undergraduate Enrollment

 

 

Fewer than 1,000

14

22

1,000–2,499

30

32

2,500–4,999

7

17

5,000–9,999

21

15

10,000–19,999

15

8

20,000 or more

13

7

Notes: Percentages are unweighted and based on U.S. postsecondary institutions that award baccalaureate degrees and belong to one of the eight Carnegie classifications in the table. Percentages may not sum to 100 due to rounding. U.S. percentages are based on the 2020 IPEDS Institutional Characteristics data. For information on the Basic Carnegie Classification, see carnegieclassifications.acenet.edu.

Table 2

Profile of BCSSE 2021 Respondents: Demographic Characteristics

 

Percentage of Respondents

Gender Identity

 

Man

40

Woman

57

Another gender identity

1

I prefer not to respond

1

Race/Ethnicity

American Indian or Alaska native

<1

Asian

8

Black or African American

7

Hispanic or Latino

14

Middle Eastern or North African

1

Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander

<1

White

57

Multiracial

11

Other

<1

International Student

3

HighSchool Graduation Year

 

2019

4

2020

4

2021

95

First-Generation Student(No parent holds a bachelor’s degree)

38

Financial Aid Recipient(Received any scholarship, grant, or student loan)

91

Notes: Includes respondents from U.S. and Canadian institutions. Percentages may not sum to 100 due to rounding.

 


Table 3

Profile of BCSSE 2021 Respondents: Other Characteristics

 

Percentage of Respondents

High School Type

Public

85

Private, religiously affiliated

9

Private, not religiously affiliated

3

Home school

1

Other

1

High School Grades (Typical)

A/A+

51

A-

16

B+

15

B

13

B-

3

C+ or lower

2

Number of friends attending same institution

None

47

1

20

2

14

3 or more

18

Choice of institution

 

First

70

Second

23

Third or lower

7

Notes: Includes respondents from U.S. and Canadian institutions. Percentages may not sum to 100 due to rounding.

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