For more than four decades, researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles have surveyed the nation's incoming freshmen to learn more about their backgrounds, views, and expectations. Use this interactive graphic to see how their attitudes and self-images have changed since the 1960s, as measured by UCLA's Cooperative Institutional Research Program, part of the Higher Education Research Institute.

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Not all questions were asked in all years.



Source: Cooperative Institutional Research Program, Higher Education Research Institute, U. of California at Los Angeles

Notes: Some questions have been slightly rephrased for clarity in the context of this graphic. Regarding probable majors, we combined some responses into larger groupings: "Biological and Life Sciences" were combined with "Physical Science" and called "Physical and Life Sciences"; "English," "Arts & Humanities," and "Fine Arts," were combined to form "Arts and Humanities"; "History or Political Science" and "Social Science" were combined into "Social Sciences"; and "Agriculture," "Justice and Security," "Library Science," "Other Nontechnical," "Other Technical," and "Undecided" were combined to form "Other and Undecided."


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