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 2020 respondents are profiled in Table 2.

Most BCSSE respondents graduated from a public high school, with more than half earning grades of A− or higher in high school (Table 3). In addition, about 38% 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 2020 U.S. Institutions and All Bachelor’s-Granting U.S. Institutions

Institution Characteristics

BCSSE 2020
(%)

U.S.
(%)

Carnegie Basic Classification

 

 

Doctoral Universities (Very high research activity)

9

8

Doctoral Universities (High research activity)

10

8

Doctoral/Professional Universities

3

9

Master's Colleges and Universities (Larger programs)

24

22

Master's Colleges and Universities (Medium programs)

13

12

Master's Colleges and Universities (Smaller programs)

5

8

Baccalaureate Colleges—Arts & Sciences Focus

19

15

Baccalaureate Colleges—Diverse Fields

16

17

Control

 

 

Public

44

35

Private

56

65

Undergraduate Enrollment

 

 

Fewer than 1,000

13

21

1,000–2,499

35

32

2,500–4,999

13

17

5,000–9,999

13

15

10,000–19,999

17

8

20,000 or more

10

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 2019 IPEDS Institutional Characteristics data. For information on the Carnegie Foundation’s 2018 Basic Classification, see carnegieclassifications.iu.edu

Table 2

Profile of BCSSE 2020 Respondents: Demographic Characteristics

 

Percentage of Respondents

Gender Identity

 

Man

39

Woman

59

Another gender identity

1

I prefer not to respond

1

Race/Ethnicity

American Indian or Alaska native

<1

Asian

6

Black or African American

9

Hispanic or Latino

9

Middle Eastern or North African

1

Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander

<1

White

60

Multiracial

14

Other

<1

International Student

3

HighSchool Graduation Year

 

2017 or earlier

6

2018

4

2019

4

2020

86

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 2020 Respondents: Other Characteristics

 

Percentage of Respondents

High School Type

Public

89

Private, religiously affiliated

7

Private, not religiously affiliated

2

Home school

2

Other

1

High School Grades (Typical)

A/A+

44

A-

20

B+

18

B

13

B-

3

C+ or lower

3

Number of friends attending same institution

None

43

1

19

2

14

3 or more

24

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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